Thurston Lava Tube (Kilauea Iki Trail)

MODERATE 48 reviews

Thurston Lava Tube (Kilauea Iki Trail) is a 3.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Hawaii National Park, HI that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is accessible year-round.

3.2 miles 616 feet Loop

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

no dogs

Great day hike down into and across a solid lava lake in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Klauea Iki Trail starts in the rain forest on the crater's rim. The trail descends 400 feet through the rain forest to the crater floor. Hikers will cross the still-steaming crater floor, past the gaping throat of the vent that built Pu'u Pua'i cinder cone, and return to your starting point via the crater's rim. Highlights: Rain forest, birds, insects, 1959 lava lake, steam vents, cinder and spatter cone. Reference: http://www.nps.gov/havo/index.htm

2 days ago

So far, my favorite trail. A lot of diversity from hiking in the tropical rainforest to trekking across the floor of the crater.

17 days ago

Nice trail ! Really fun to walk on the lava lake. This trail is easy, not very long, it's easier to start from the number 1 to 15. Don't worry about the weather, it use to be windy so the weather change a lot quickly. Had to be done and don't forget to go to the lava tube at the end of the trail !

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail. You actually hike into the crater. Be careful with the altitude, sun and temperatures; this isn't the same climate as your snorkeling excursion! Check the weather before you go. It can be cold, rainy, hot and sunny, or just about any combination. Lots of birds can be seen as well.

hiking
1 month ago

Fun trail to get a nice view of a wasteland-like crater. Be aware of the 4000 ft elevation, it may mess with your cardio. Lots of designated scenic photo stations clearly labeled for tourists. Do yourself a favor and cross the street when you get back to take a look at some neat lava tube tunnels.

hiking
1 month ago

Pretty neat trail, the tube was interesting, but lots of birds, lots of people. Take plenty of water

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2 months ago

If you are visiting volcano national park, hike this trail. Very cool. Also, it's an easy hike. Well worth a stop.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice hike, easy terrain, but of an alright distance.. Especially when you tack the lava tube on at the end. Can be hot and sprinkles come suddenly.

hiking
2 months ago

Liking walking on the moon in the middle of a few rain forest.

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4 months ago

Definitely gets lots of stars for the cool factor alone of hiking through a volcano. It took longer than expected to hike this one simply because we kept stopping to take pictures and investigate the land. The first mile or so is wooded and covered from sun and after a big rain it can be a little muddy in spots; it's flat until you climb down a bunch of stairs at the end. Once you get to the bottom of the stairs you're in a whole new world: the volcano world. It's sunny for almost the remainder of the hike being completely exposed in a nearly desert-like terrain. Don't be fooled, though--it's not boring. The last leg of the hike brings you back up to the top rim of the volcano out of the sun and you'll find yourself going up a series of switchbacks until you arrive back at the parking lot. Overall worth the time! The only reason this isn't 5 stars is because it wasn't really very strenuous (more of a leisurely walk) and is quite popular with the tourists.

4 months ago

4 months ago

Rainforest, crater, loop... Can't ask for much more. Could be moderate for some, meaning the hike out of the crater. But given enough time, and why rush, doable by just about everyone. Loved it.

hiking
4 months ago

Easy loop trail with beautiful views. Very cool to see steam vents and evidence of lava flows. Ahu clearly mark the trail but be sure to wander off and explore. Would recommend starting at near the overlook closer to Visitor Centre and add the lava tube walk just before the end. Pick up the interpretative guide booklet at the Visitor Centre for some extra information marked along the trail.

5 months ago

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7 months ago

Great fun. Didn't expect to be able to walk on a crater!

hiking
7 months ago

We as a family had a lot of fun. You see older lava and present steam vents. Bring lots of water and fruit! Gets hot on the the crater it self .

hiking
7 months ago

Great