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Kilauea Iki Trail

Crater Rim Drive, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Island of Hawaii, HI 96785
+1 808-985-6000
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A moderate 4 mile hike into a an old volcanic crater.
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  • Very good14%
  • Average1%
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Crater Rim Drive, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Island of Hawaii, HI 96785
+1 808-985-6000
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Reviewed 2 days ago

With this hike you see both the tropical rain forest aspect and the dried lava landscape. You pass by steam vents as well as tropical orchids. It's a very worthwhile hike at VNP. Getting there early was helpful for us, as they told us it...More

Thank philsbert
Reviewed 6 days ago

Start at Kilaeua Iki Overlook and go through the forest enjoying the ferns and the birds before the steep descent to the crater floor. In a moment lush forest becomes barren lava. The three mile hike can take anything from 2-4 hours depending on your...More

1  Thank KLE2013
Reviewed 1 week ago

We sure enjoyed our hike and seeing steam vents breaking through cooled lava. It was hot, but we got a wonderful rain.

1  Thank Judy M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Enjoyed the trail and views. It was moderately difficult and takes about 2 hours to complete. Bring lots of water with you and a trail map will point out areas of interest along the trail.

2  Thank Aimee R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Kilauea Iki trail is one you don't want to miss. You'll hike right though the crater, and even see vents that steam. The hike is not terribly hard, but you will want some sturdy shoes. All that lava soaks up the sunshine, and makes it...More

1  Thank roadtrippinchick
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After speaking with a couple of rangers we decided to do the Kilauea Iki trail. It was amazing and please dont get me wrong it was a little tuff and dangerous but was so worth it. The wife and I are not experienced hikers but...More

2  Thank Asics447
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wow, wow, wow! How often does one get to walk through a volcanic crater that still has some vents steaming. This is quite an experience and if you only do one hike in the national park, do this one. And do it in a counter-clockwise...More

1  Thank TulaKitty
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Kilauea Iki Trail is a hiking track taking you from the carpark within the Volcano National Park, down into the crater itself. You start off walking through the vast trees around the outer rim, then into the crater and then back up again. It...More

2  Thank David H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A wonderful 4 mile roundtrip hike to the Kilaeua crater. Its mainly switchbacks going down but a fairly easy hike on a beautiful rainforest shady path. 1.3 miles to the crater floor and a .7 mile flat walk to the crater which is pretty cool....More

1  Thank Jen P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It took us about 2 hours to hike the Kilauea Iki Trail. Bring at least a quart of water before the hike, wear comfortable shoes, hat and sunglasses. The trail is not strenuous, however you will be walking over rough terrain. There are at last...More

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12 July 2017|
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Response from gail S | Reviewed this property |
Early is better on some days but when I was there it was not excessively crowded later in the day.
27 December 2015|
Response from H20looer | Reviewed this property |
It has now been a few years since I was there, but I recall only a somewhat strenuous part up and down (in the shade of foliage) at the beginning and end of the hike. The middle is flat and easy, but can be sunny, so bring... More