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. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Kilauea Iki Trailhead by using our Hawaii Volcanoes National Park trip itinerary planner.
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Where to stay in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park provides two drive-in campgrounds: Nāmakanipaio and Kulanaokuaiki. The former is on the main road near the park's entrance and offers full services. The latter sits more deeply in the park, has limited sites, and does not have drinking water. You can also stake your tent at one of the primitive campsites on the park's coastal hiking trails. The park does offer lodging in the Volcano House, which delivers sweeping vistas of the caldera at the top of Mount Kilauea. The aptly named town of Volcano at the park's main entrance has a bevy of accommodations, including cottages, inns, bed and breakfasts, and lodges. This is your best option for combining convenient access to the park with a comfortable place to lay your head.
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  • Drive to the hike's entrance. Once there, start the trail by taking the path on the right. The left will take you towards the volcano tube...which you will see at the end of your 5.2 mile hike. If you...  more »
  • If you are visiting the Volcano National Park, you should plan in your itinerary this 5 mile hike. Take your time and enjoy such primordial surroundings from a lush Jurassic jungle to the majesty of P...  more »
  • One can hike across and around Kilauea Iki without getting very far at all from the Visitor Center for Hawaii Volcanoes NP, and it's probably the easiest place in the park to get a real taste of a you...  more »