Kilauea Iki Trailhead, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

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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. Put Kilauea 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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  • This is a moderate four mile hike. You'll descend through a lush rain forest to the floor of the crater, which once was a lake of lava. Carry water and go during the coolest part of the day. The crate...  more »
  • You start comfortably at the parking lot and keep running down. The trail leads through beautiful vegetation. You're in the rainforest. It also smells partly wonderful and lush after the many tropical plants. From some places you can already take a look into the crater. The path leads you further down until you finally come out of the forest and stand in the crater. A completely unreal place. One walks on the solidified lava in the middle of the crater. The path is shown to you by stones. Around you it still steams from a number of places. The earth is partly jagged and torn open. You can feel that the earth lives under one. Magical. Then it goes back up into reality but with many pictures in your head that you will hardly see. Neither the way down nor up is complicated and very easy to reach. We were on the road very early in the morning. You can still enjoy this place on your own.
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  • Our hike on Kilauea Iki was on a somewhat overcast day - thank goodness! The hike goes downward first, which is nice (until you have to come back up!). The area at the bottom is fascinating and awe inspiring. I am glad we brought sun protection - the bottom is all exposed to direct sunlight with no shelter. We also brought good amounts of water - we drank almost all of it! #hike #letsguide
  • Such a beautiful hike. The longest currently open in the park. My favorite times to hike it is first thing in the morning or right before the sun goes down otherwise it's hot. I would also say it probably isn't the best hike for younger children because of how steep the hill is unless you are totally prepared.
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