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Leading through lush vegetation and its namesake crater, Kilauea Iki Trailhead offers you the chance to hike through one of Hawaii's most famous volcanic areas inside Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. This 6.4 km (4 mi) round-trip trail will take you from the crater's rim and eventually lead you across the bottom of the formation. Be sure to keep an eye out for native birds and animals as you trek the rainforest. You'll find that the residual heat from subterranean lava causes water to evaporate and rise in clouds of steam from the crater floor. Keep in mind that the trail itself is considered moderately difficult and the 122 m (400 ft) descent down from the crater rim is quite steep and rocky, so be sure to wear comfortable footwear. PutKilauea Iki Trailhead into our Hawaii Volcanoes National Park trip builder website and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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Kilauea Iki Trailhead reviews
mostly open trail, 3.5 mile approx, Go down from volcano rock side (visitor center) and come back up from lava tube side ( shaded ) - take a cap and enjoy
mostly open trail, 3.5 mile approx, Go down from volcano rock side (visitor center) and come back up from lava tube side ( shaded ) - take a cap and enjoy more »
Look at the 3/17/22 s review by John and follow those instructions. Definitely go counter clockwise starting at the right side of the parking lot. It is a less gradual climb coming back up. If you...
Look at the 3/17/22 s review by John and follow those instructions. Definitely go counter clockwise starting at the right side of the parking lot. It is a less gradual climb coming back up. If you... more »
Wow. You can actually walk on a volcano! Where else can you say that??? The total hike was about 2 miles and took us about 2 hours maybe. We realized there is an easy way and a hard way to hike this. Going down was easy the way we went, but if we had to go up that way, we’d have taken forever. We parked by the overlook and headed toward the lava tube. Yes, the lava tube has its own parking. But it’s a short hike so walk it. Then keep going through the crater. It’s a bit mind blowing. The hike up has a few tough spots but it’s way better to go in this direction than in reverse. See map photo.
We enjoyed doing this trail. If possible, start the hike early to avoid heat when you are on the crater. There is no shade but we were lucky that we had some wind. As others suggested, we did this hike counter clockwise which makes the hike relatively easy as you don't have to climb the steep stairs but you would hike the gradual switchbacks. We checked off the Thurston lava tube at the end which was cool!
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