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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  • Visited the Volcano National Park yesterday. I wanted to share that Kilauea’iki trail is partially open. Based on the numbers on the trail looks like they made us start where it usually ends. One is s...  more »
  • This was supposed to be the highlight of our trip to the National park however after paying $25 to get in we found that everything was closed including this one. Not obvious from the website. You can ...  more »
  • The closing of the trail is excellent as a temporary thing on the website and that name is not clearly specified. The track cannot be done at all.
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  • Definitely one of the highlights of our trip to the Big Island. Walking through the rainforest and across the crater was amazing.
  • Good view but the trail currently closed 12/2018
  • One-quarter mile walk that Youll never forget. Volcano National Park
  • The Kilauea Iki trail is a lot of fun and not too hard. We hiked down through the crater a few years ago and really enjoyed the hike. The hike down and up is moderately steep, but the trail is well-maintained. Make sure to bring water and a few snacks as the sun can be brutal and there is no place to get water or food along the way. Sadly, there is not a cafe within the crater serving Lava Flows.... although I think that would be awesome.
  • Mother nature at work. Quite a lot of landscape changes...TLR
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