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.
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
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!
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!
Very pretty, usually pretty touristy. Definitely worth a look if you only have a short time on the Big Island
Beautiful views of both volcanic and rain forest eco systems.
Love this trail. Lots of shade on well maintained trails
Kilauea Iki and Crater Rim Trail was great. You will see the lush rainforest, the stark moonscape of the volcano crater, the volcano vents, and the wonderful plants striving to come back up through the lava beds. My wife is not a great hiker. Any strenuous hike will scare her, but she found this trail to be perfect. We even took our large family on this hike ages 4 to 14. They all made it fine.
Great trail. easy to moderate, there is a steep descent at the beginning and a gradual ascent counter clockwise, or the reverse if doing it clockwise. I recommend the former: Park at the trail head, take the steep descent down following the route markers, and finish by walking through the lava tube. You're only 500ft from the carpark at this point.
Plenty to see; cool, lush tropical rainforest, and baking hot lava crater surface, with interesting plant life and steam vents.