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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  • You walk down a zig zag trail down the canyon wall - lush with tropical growth before coming out onto the surface of the moon - but with bright sun and breathable air. In the distance you can see whif...  more »
  • Well worth to stop in the signed parking lot to take a short hike to see the large empty crater below. We even saw people walking across the floor of this crater  more »
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  • Excellent experience, and I’m certainly grateful that we got the opportunity to embark upon this trail. It is not particularly difficult and can be completed in a few hours or less. The views were spectacular, as you are walking in a caldera, with steaming vents ever present. Highly recommend!
  • This is the most popular hike at the Volcano National Park for a reason. There are 2 main parts to the hike and both are amazing. The first is walking through the forest that has many different species of plants. The second is walking across the crater. Due to the high elevation change between the forest and crater areas, the hike is extremely steep although they did a nice job of putting in stairs where needed.
  • 4-mile easy loop featuring lush green forest (near crater's rim) and sudden change into crater and back to forest. It's an easy kid-friendly loop, especially if done in counter clockwise as you the hike up is gradual. Hiking across the crater is a unique experience. Probably the best trail in Hawaii Volcano NP. You can also combine Thurston lava tube with this hike.
  • Worth the hike. You're literally walking through the caldera of a volcano. How much cooler does it get than that? I'll never forget this hike or the pictures we took. It's definitely something to check off your bucket list. Take lots of water and remember there are no bathroom facilities at the trailhead. It starts right next to the Thurston lava tube, so be aware that parking fills up VERY fast, especially after the buses start rolling in.
  • Enter the trail through the right side from the main parking lot. This would meaning going down steeper steps and coming back up during a gradual slope. Getting a parking spot under the trees is best so that the car isn't extremely hot when you return. If you're in the overflow lot, you'll be going down the gradual slope and going back up the steeper steps. The crater itself has a lot of breeze, buts it's still an open area under the sun. Took maybe 2 hours to finish with many stops. Best to go in the morning or even when it rains.

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