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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  • There are enough reviews here of the amazing features of this incredible hike so I'll leave that alone. I am however slightly concerned that several reviews I've read describe this hike as "easy". Whi...  more »
  • One of the greatest medium trails in the park. Takes you all the way to the bottom of a crater. Amazing views, lots of birds. Not difficult at all, can be completed in 3 hours or less. Loved it and wo...  more »
  • A 1958 lava lake has solidified into a highly interesting plain within a volcanic caldera. Steam rises from active vents. Take plenty of water, as parts of this hike are exposed to the tropical sun. H...  more »