Kilauea Iki Trail and Crater Rim Trail

MODERATE 177 reviews

Kilauea Iki Trail and Crater Rim Trail is a 3.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Hawaii National Park, Hawaii 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.

DISTANCE
3.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
875 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

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.

hiking
5 hours ago

hiking
1 day ago

walking
2 days ago

Fun, easy hike for family through unusual (for us) terrain.

hiking
6 days ago

hawaii volcanoes n.p. has an undeniable energy and this hike left me in awe

hiking
10 days ago

hiking
10 days ago

13 days ago

Amazing geology and birds! Very popular. We hiked at sunset and it gave the crater an otherworldly feeling.

hiking
14 days ago

I had intended to do a longer hike across the Halema‘uma‘u Trail during my visit, but when I found that was closed I ended up combining a few of the shorter trails in the area, including this one. It was great! Walking across the crater was a unique and fun experience. It didn't seem unusually hot to me, maybe five degrees warmer than up on the rim. I saw several groups with a variety of hiking skill levels. Unlike most trails, you can easily spread out from the main path, so it didn't feel crowded.

When I got back up on the rim at the east end, there was a crowded section that passed through a couple busy trailheads, with some litter and noise. Heading west toward the Visitor Center, that eventually changed to an eerie desolation as the trail merged with a decommissioned road and went through an abandoned lookout parking lot before reaching the Volcano Hotel just south of the Visitor Center.

If the mileage is right for you, I recommend starting at the Visitor Center, hiking west through the steam fields to the Steaming Bluff, then backtracking and dropping down into the big crater on the Halema‘uma‘u Trail. You can walk along the floor of the big crater for about a quarter mile before climbing back up and then connecting to this trail. Then complete the loop back to the Visitor Center,

hiking
14 days ago

Great hike! Cool day to do it with a light mist and some clouds - both of which made the hike better that the heat it could be. You have to check out Waldren Ledge also - now closed to cars due to last earthquake. Seems post apocalyptic or from Walking dead

hiking
14 days ago

Very unique hike, particularly for those not typically within hiking distance of real life volcanoes.

The hike is a little bit lower key than it appears. At the trailhead, there can be a little bit of a feeling of "We're going all the way down there?!" but the descent is relatively subtle and only comes after sauntering through the forested crater rim until you reach the other end.

We hiked Kilauea Iki on a moderate and cloudy day so the elements weren't particularly troublesome. However, considering the hike all the way across the crater is open and uncovered, it's in one's best interest to account for sun exposure and water intake.

The ascent back up to the crater rim tends to drag near the end with what might feel like a few more switchbacks than you imagined there'd be. Not a big deal, but a nice opportunity to get the blood flowing.

Bonus: The end of Kilauea Iki sort of leads to a quick jaunt through the Thurston Lava Tube as well. I believe you need to cross Crater Rim Dr. first but it's a worthy and neat little add-on.

hiking
16 days ago

16 days ago

The hike around the crater's rim is beautiful. At times it felt like we were in a rain forest. Then we descended into the volcano caldera - which was definitely not as scenic. However, I did like this hike a lot. It was pretty amazing to think that we were hiking on a volcano.
The trail through the caldera is incredibly hot and dry, so be sure to bring plenty of water. The trail itself is not bad at all, and is only about 4 miles.

19 days ago

Walking in the crater is awesome

23 days ago

24 days ago

Unique and very interesting hike: forest to lava floor. Great experience!

30 days ago

hiking
30 days ago

This was a fantastic trail! You start on a trail that takes you a little over a mile through the bright green beautiful rain forest and the a steep decline into the caldera! It's about another mike through the bottom and then up and out the other end! The up and downs got us sweating, but this 4 mike trek was awesome. So glad we did it!

hiking
30 days ago

hiking
1 month ago