Kilauea Iki Trail, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

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Leading through lush vegetation and its namesake crater, Kilauea Iki Trail 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. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Kilauea Iki Trail by using our Hawaii Volcanoes National Park trip itinerary planner.
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  • It is a very interesting trail, to see the Kilauea active volcano. During the evening the crater light is visible from far. Attention is requested because of gas presence in some places  more »
  • I really enjoyed hiking the trail through ferns and tropical rainforest plant down to the old crater and of course hiking through with strong winds and beautiful views. Loved it.  more »
  • The trip across the crater is very easy, marked by rock piles to guide you along the trail. The toughest part of the hike is the decent into the crater and the hike up to the parking lot. We parked in...  more »