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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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Crater Rim Drive, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Island of Hawaii, HI 96785
+1 808-985-6000
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Reviewed yesterday

Took my family of 5 on this hike - you go down into the crater via a heavily wooded trail and then walk across hundreds of yards of the crater itself. You'll pass many smoking holes you can stop at to feel the intense heat...More

Thank Rob H
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This was a great 4 mile loop trail that offers scenic overlooks into the crater that erupted in 1959 and has since cooled and hardened into a solid black lava lakebed. After the overlooks it switches back down cut in stairs to the floor of...More

Thank brianray83
Reviewed 2 days ago

We were on a bus tour, so didn't get the time one would need to do the trail. Still it is an interesting area and if you have enough time......do it.

Thank parrottdize
Reviewed 4 days ago

We are a couple in moderately good shape in our late 50's and we were able to hike this trail. However, I would NOT bring small children on this hike. First of all, go to the Visitors Center and buy the $2 Trail Guide that...More

1  Thank sdatex
Reviewed 6 days ago

This is a perfect hike - you see lots of different things, from rain forest to dried lava, and it goes around in a circle so you don't retrace your steps. You can hike it in either direction, but I'd recommend starting to the right...More

Thank L2943
Reviewed 1 week ago

It was good to hike on the crater as it was superb to actually walk on the volcanic crater. View was amazing and you can see some hot steam vents there. It was really tough and strenuous hike, but try to go there early in...More

Thank Kriti_TheTraveler
Reviewed 1 week ago

We just planned for this randomly but at the first without knowing the beauty of it. When we started it was a rainforest very dense,which was amazing ,then we got some points where we were able to see the crater where lava lake existed in...More

2  Thank Kshithij S
Reviewed 1 week ago

Wonderful hike in a volcanic environment. Can be hard due to elevation and heat for some people but gives some great views of earlier volcanic activity and some active vents

Thank Oran D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

New plants in the lava rock, flowers, different trees and craters. Beautiful hike, wear good shoes as terrain is rough

Thank Betty193r
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Kilauea Iki Trail was recommended to us as one of the best hikes on the Big Island. The trek across the crater is incredible & breathtaking - it's pretty unreal to walk across a former lava lake & imagine what it used to look...More

Thank Veronica R
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I have an illness that makes strenuous walking very hard. Will I be able to do this? We are not staying at any of the pick up spots. Is there a place to leave our car? How far is this from Kapaau?
28 December 2015|
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Can we just hike this on our own? How do we find it?
30 October 2015|
Response from Nola R |
According to the National Park Service website: "Trail Begins: At the Kīlauea Iki parking lot on Crater Rim Drive. You may go either way from the trailhead. Going left will take you to the Thurston Lava Tube parking lot and... More
My husband and I are going Friday. When is the best time to see the summit? sunset? how bad are the crowds?
3 September 2015|
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Response from 329janetd | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, I missed your message..................if you have not gone yet, the best time is before sunset and we used to give free talks.......... Tourists tend to flock the 9000 ft (Visitor Ctr) an hour before Sunset and then... More