Kilauea Iki Trail

Kilauea Iki Trail, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park: Address, Phone Number, Kilauea Iki Trail Reviews: 5/5

Kilauea Iki Trail
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A moderate 4 mile hike into a an old volcanic crater.
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Catherine GC
New York City, NY19 contributions
Oct 2021
Most unusual hike we've ever done - beautiful, shady, bird-filled forest that drops down into a caldera. It gets hot walking across the caldera, was glad we went early. And glad we went counter-clockwise, it's definitely an easier ascent coming up the switchbacks. One thing nobody prepped us for - if you take the trail counterclockwise from the main Kilauea Iki overlook parking lot, when you come back up you first encounter an overflow parking lot about 10 minutes further walk from the main lot. So we came up and were like, "where's our car???" And immediately afterward another hiker came up and was like "where's my car???" We figured it out fairly quickly but it was still pretty discombobulating for a minute. Anyway, highly recommend this hike.
Written 4 November 2021
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Sebastian R
Houston, TX9 contributions
Oct 2021
Grab a trail guide. Aside from the lush vegetation turning into an apocalyptic desert of a collapsed lava lake to make you feel insignificant, the guide helps you understand the background of what you're walking through.
Written 18 October 2021
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StacyInDC2012
Alexandria, VA898 contributions
Sep 2021
My husband hiked this trail while I watched from above and then picked him up the visitor's center. It was really neat for me to be at the viewing area up above and be able to see him so far below, crossing the lake. He looked up and waved and I snapped some photos of him.

He found the trail to be fascinating and such unique landscapes.

I skipped it because it's a very steep descent down to the crater and then back up out of it.

My husband says this was one of his favorite aspects of our 10 day stay in Hawaii!
Written 13 September 2021
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Alexis C
Chicago, IL61 contributions
Sep 2021
Great easy hike and a definite highlight of Volcanoes National Park! I started the hike around 7 AM and was the only person on the trail until the very end. Highly recommend starting as early as possible (especially if you're staying in Volcano) to avoid the crowds and the heat. Walking across the crater is surreal and gives you a whole new perspective on the size and power of volcanoes. As others have mentioned, follow the stacks of rocks placed along the crater to find the trail on the other side.
Written 12 September 2021
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OldLadyTexan
13 contributions
Jul 2021
The signs noting information about the foliage and the formations was very interesting. We were a little confused about which way to go when we came to branches in the trail and intersections with other trails.
Written 25 August 2021
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Laura S
38 contributions
Aug 2021
If you’re coming to the park, this is a “can’t miss.” It is a workout for the leg muscles if you’re not used to that type of thing, but you can take breaks! It begins with a decent through the rainforest that is cool and shady and offers some amazing views of the crater below. When you get close to the crater, there are rock stairs going down with railings. Then you walk across the crater itself. Although it looks flat from above it is not at all. This part is very exposed—no shade. When you get the the other side and step back into the rainforest it’s like walking into an air conditioned place! Then you make your way back up. Again, it’s terraced, so not slippery or too steep. The whole walk took up about 2 hours.
Written 14 August 2021
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Work2travel
Orange, CA432 contributions
Jul 2021
Parked in the overflow lot for the lava tube and did the trail. Great to be in the trees and foliage. Nice even path with several lava holes and look outs to the crater.
Written 25 July 2021
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travel6345
San Jose183 contributions
Jul 2021
This trail takes you through the rainforest and down to the crater floor. You can walk across the floor and see the effects of the volcano. We continued the trail to include the Thurston Lava Tube which was about 6 miles round trip loop (2.5 hours carrying a 30 lb child). Some parts are a little steep, but much of the trail is a peaceful walk through the forest. The base was very windy when we walked through it. Once down in the crater follow the piles of stacked rocks as the trail. There was light rain when we hiked but it kept the hike cool and never got too strong. I think this was our favorite part of the park, get here early (before 9am to get a place to park).
Written 13 July 2021
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Kirsten B
Snoqualmie, Washington, United States97 contributions
Jun 2021
The hike down was cooled by the flora. Very pretty. The floor of the crater is very interesting. Worth the time to try it.
Written 29 June 2021
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LT4_lotr
Indiana42 contributions
May 2021
We loved this hike! Recommended path is to begin at the parking lot and go *counter* clockwise (away from the Lava Tube tunnel), because the up at the end of the crater will be easier. It is pretty amazing to walk across a crater. Take plenty of water. The earlier you go, the better the weather is likely to be and the fewer people you will encounter (we began around 7:45am).

I would hesitate to take small kids on the hike unless they have a lot of experience--it is easy down but definitely a challenge to walk all the way across and go back up.
Written 6 June 2021
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