Kilauea Iki Trail and Crater Rim Trail

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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.

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9 days ago

We hiked this trail in the afternoon on a really rainy day. We had ponchos on and made the most of it! What a beautiful trail. Even though it was raining, there were a lot of people on the trail. It's a popular easy hike- but definitely worth it!

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13 days ago

My 11 year old son, my husband and I (both in our mid 40s) had the privilege of experiencing the beauty and thrill of this hike walking across the floor of a crater that was once a lava lake with warm steam/vent still coming out of the ground. I was a little nervous reading that this 4mi trail is rated moderate to challenging and that it may take 2-3 hours to complete. Much to my surprise, the hike was fairly easy, even the 400 ft descent was very manageable. We finished the hike in 1.5 hours which included taking pictures and spending some time to ponder and reflect on the wonder of this magnificent crater.

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1 month ago

Gorgeous views and amazing contrast between the jungle and the stark black rock landscape! Reasonable work out made even better if you hike from the visitor center and back which makes it about 6 miles round trip. Did this over a few hours one morning. Check the forecast, and bring some trail mix, plenty of water, and a rain jacket!

1 month ago

This is an amazing hike down to and then across a steaming crater. The park is open 24 hours a day and the visitors' center opens at 9 am. Do this hike before then to avoid crowds and the heat!

1 month ago

Very pretty, usually pretty touristy. Definitely worth a look if you only have a short time on the Big Island

2 months ago

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2 months ago

Beautiful views of both volcanic and rain forest eco systems.