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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.
  • Excellent84%
  • Very good14%
  • Average1%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“crater floor” (179 reviews)
Crater Rim Drive, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Island of Hawaii, HI 96785
+1 808-985-6000
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Reviewed 2 days ago

took me 3 hours to complete, starts going up around the crater. It has 14 points of interest from start to finish well marked with signs or rock piles. As I said, starts in front of the Thurston Lava tube ( that is the trail...More

Thank Claudio G
Reviewed 6 days ago

Trail guides are $2 and available at the trailhead, they slide out the bottom of the box. Or you can download one from the National Parks site. I have peered down at the crater floor from the overlook and thought it looked like a boring...More

1  Thank twopisces
Reviewed 1 week ago

This trail shouldn't be missed. Although not an easy trail, the moderate difficulty hike rewards with a spectacular range of views as well as insights into the many forms of lava and life that result from a volcanic eruption. Be sure to pick up a...More

1  Thank LudwigVonKelkheim
Reviewed 1 week ago

This hike has a crater, steam vents, great views, rain forest, and lots of cool geology. Park and start at the first parking area, not the crowded Thurston Lava Tube lot.

1  Thank Michael G
Reviewed 1 week ago

After a drop down, the trail, marked by rock cairns, goes right across the old caldera. Very interesting seeing the vents and piled up lava. A walking stick would provide a little extra balance for those worried about their footing.

Thank kathleenrollins
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing how something so destructive can be so beautiful. Definitely a must stop when visiting the big island. Bring an umbrella or poncho usually raining. Also wear appropriate shoes if walking. Uneven areas

Thank Ann T
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Enjoyed this moderate hike, less people than the shorter hikes. Took us 1-1/2 hrs with the lava tube included. Make sure you watch the 20 min video at the visitor center before you do this hike. It really helps you understand just how amazing this...More

Thank Hhogelund
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

"Look, there's people at the crater basin!" he said. "I wonder how you get down there?" he asked. "Want to give it a try?" he suggested. In the meantime, the rain is coming down in blowing mist, we are in a rain forest, 4,000' higher...More

Thank drmlmom
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This beautiful trail leads through primeval forest along the rim of the crater rim. You get to see many species of jungle plants and maybe see wild birds in the trees. At the far end of the trail you descend into the crater itself. What...More

1  Thank eaglecadd
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful hike encompasses variety ecosystems. Be ready for the switchbacks up at the end (bring lil snack n water). Do the loop so you can catch the lava tubes for the finale. Small trek back to the car along the road unless you have two...More

Thank coconutgrl
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26 October 2017|
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Response from TulaKitty | Reviewed this property |
Hi. As a female who hikes all the time, I would feel comfortable hiking it alone in the day time.
13 July 2017|
Response from OhenryII | Reviewed this property |
There is overflow parking about 1/4 mile from the Tube--you'll see it first as you drive the route. This is actually the best place to park if you are hiking the trail because it's easier to go down this side and back up the... More
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.