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A moderate 4 mile hike into a an old volcanic crater.
Crater Rim Drive, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Island of Hawaii, HI 96785
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We only had 2.5 hours around the Kilauea Crater Rim by car and were fortunate to do the Steaming Buff where the steam comes out of the soil/ground, and drove by Kilauea Iki (on our way around the rim) where there's a small parking lot...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank HT0375
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Iki Crater is the remnant of a huge eruption in 1959. The relatively flat plain across which you hike is a still cooling lava lake. (Wikipedia has an informative article but Tripadvisor does not allow embedded links in its reviews.) For unclear reasons, most...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank retiredguy2017
Reviewed 12 February 2019 via mobile

I am glad we went to see the crater. It was neat seeing the sulphur holes and the amazing amount of steam that comes from the eruption point. It was disappointing as majority of the area is closed since the volcano erupted. I am even...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank candiceo2015
Reviewed 28 January 2019

This is an easy walk along one side of the crater that offers amazing views of steam vents and the crater. Incredible to see and well worth the short hike from the parking lot.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank abarker02
Reviewed 26 January 2019

Why are you reading this, I already said it is closed forever. The trail was destroyed when much of the crater collapsed after the volcanic activity in 2018.

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 16 January 2019

I was completely amazed at the size of the volcano bowl, and the smoke / steam coming out. No lava at that time... That probably was a good thing. Very interesting

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank dannycIII
Reviewed 7 January 2019

Most trails and driveways were closed at the time of visit but it was still very much worthy to go around the publicly open areas to see multiple craters from different perspectives. In one area there was plenty of Pele's Hair all over the road...More

Date of experience: January 2019
2  Thank _sw5555_
Reviewed 25 December 2018

Short hike, but down first and then up last. Not for everyone, but a super experience. Some steam vents, a'a and pahoehoe lava. love how plant and animal life is trying to re-establish.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank I9223SBtomb
Reviewed 19 December 2018

Very informative National Park with much information about volcanoes and their impact on Hawaii. Lots of places to hike

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank David M
Reviewed 11 December 2018

This hike is really great for everyone. The crater floor and the vents are so interesting. Hiking up and down through the lush rain forest is also fun.

Date of experience: April 2018
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18 September 2018|
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Response from DaveandCaz44 | Reviewed this property |
I think the National Park itself has literally only just re-opened, but as to which trails I don't really know sorry. Their website may tell you more but it's hard to tell from their map...the Iki overlook is open but not... More
9 August 2018|
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Response from Nancy147 | Reviewed this property |
Most of the Volcano National Park is closed (including this trail). Friday, officials went into the park to assess the safety and damage done by the earthquakes. Hopefully, they open more of the park. The volcanic... More
19 April 2018|
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Response from worldismyoyster2015 | Reviewed this property |
We came in late to volcano lodge at 3pm so drove straight down chain of craters road parked at thurston lava tube and walked to kiluea iki trail. We walked down to base , explored fissures with steam vents on crater floor... More