Kilauea Iki Trailhead, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

4.8
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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. PutKilauea 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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  • This short one way hike across the caldera is remarkable! Within a few yards we hiked through the desert (looked liked we were on another planet), then the rainforest, then the clear view across the....  more »
  • The Kilauea Ike Trail head was jammed so we continued down the road to Devastation Trail. You can take this trail and connect with Byron Ledge trail and then connect to Kilauea Iki and go down into...  more »
  • Bring hiking shoes but the hike is moderate to easy and took us about an hour. Please keep in mind we are fast walkers who are fit but we passed people of all ages and fitness levels on this hike. We....  more »
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  • Our hike on Kilauea Iki was on a somewhat overcast day - thank goodness! The hike goes downward first, which is nice (until you have to come back up!). The area at the bottom is fascinating and awe inspiring. I am glad we brought sun protection - the bottom is all exposed to direct sunlight with no shelter. We also brought good amounts of water - we drank almost all of it! #hike #letsguide
  • Such a beautiful hike. The longest currently open in the park. My favorite times to hike it is first thing in the morning or right before the sun goes down otherwise it's hot. I would also say it probably isn't the best hike for younger children because of how steep the hill is unless you are totally prepared.
  • Best hike in the Volcanoes National Park. People start getting there around 8:30 to 9 ish. So, get early and capture the colors while the sun rises. The park is open 24 hours. You can stay as late as you can and get as early as you want. The trail is partially close due to the seismic movements that occurred last year. But you will walk all the bottom of the crater and then, return. Highly suggested.
  • The trail was very beautiful, full of lush green ferns and wild flowers. Lots of View points facing the crater are just few meters apart. Public restroom is available with trash bins. Take some water with you and wear loose clothing. The weather here changes drastically. We saw drizzle, sunlight and fog within a span of 45 minutes.
  • Beautiful place to take amazing photos to hang on your wall and hike around a dormant crater

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