Beautiful little hike. The mouth of the lava tube is amazing. Use a flashlight or the flashlight on your phone will suffice for sure footing through the tube. Toilets available at this site. May cause issues for those afraid of heights.
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Short, but large lava tube. So neat to walk through. Watch for puddles and use a flashlight, as lights are out at this time.
Make sure you understand the magma-tude of what you are doing here. This is a cave with a nearly perfectly paved floor, ALL created by flowing lava and it is at about 7000 feet above sea level!!! If you are up at Volcano's park it...More
The Thurston Lava Tube was quite an experience! When we went, the lights were out in the lava tube but that was okay, we used the flash lights on our cell phones. It was so crazy to think that lava flowed thru the walls that...More
Thurston Lava Tube wasn't as large or as long as we expected but worth the visit and kids love that they've entered an actual "lava tube"! The day we visited the lights were out due to water in the tube and we just happened to...More
We'd passed this site several times during prior days in the Park, midday both times. A total mob scene. People, cars, tour buses everywhere. We awoke very early one AM second day of our visit (bodies likely still on California time), decided "why not". What...More
You can choose to end your Kiluea 5 mile hike or do the 1/2 mile from the parking lot. Bring your flashlight (I-phone won't do!). It is a beautiful short walk from the parking lot.
While the lights were out during our visit (standing water), and we had to use our cell phone flashlights, it was still a very interesting place. The various colors of the ceiling, walls, and floor, as well as seeing the roots of trees and bushes...More