We hiked several trails within Volcano National Park, Big Island on August 10, 2014. We started at the visitors center and spoke to a guide who gave us great information on which hikes we could complete in the amount of time we had. We decided to visit the Jagger Museum, Hike the lava tube, Hike Kilauea Iki to the crater floor, then hike Kilauea Iki lookout, then we hiked to the steam vents and lastly hiked to the Sulphur Boardwalk.
The lava tube hike (we went left) this was definitely a short hike. Steep going down the short stairs, a quick few minutes through the tube, then the very gradual walk back to the top.Overall it was a short hike and easy grade.
Jagger Museum was closed but the view of the crater from this point is a MUST see!!! There are facilities located here. Parking easy. Can take a stroller/wheel chair here.
Sulphur boardwalk and the steam vents are also a must see! Both locations you can push a stroller or a wheelchair. Very short flat gradual hikes. MUST SEE! The steam vents get HOT be careful!
Kilauea Iki lookout is also a gradual flat hike. Its gravel and dirt so it will be difficult to push a wheelchair or stroller. It is flat, so carrying baby will be easy. The view from here is amazing. Several lookout spots!!!
Finally, Kilauea Iki Hike to the Crater floor. The hike down is about 400 feet down. About 1.2 miles to the crater floor and therefore 1.2 miles back up. It is all shaded and cool all the way down. Once you get to the bottom, you can definitely feel the heat coming from the lava rocks. You have the option to walk across the crater floor or back up. Look out! The walk back up is moderately challenging. The walk up, you will be going up up up the whole time. I recommend the stairmaster prior to doing the hike! LOL ha! But, you can take breaks if needed. My hubby and I went back up not stopping, just keeping a moderate pace. BRING WATER! This is a definite MUST hike!!! This trail is not for strollers or wheelchairs.
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