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A moderate 4 mile hike into a an old volcanic crater.
Crater Rim Drive, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Island of Hawaii, HI 96785
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This part of the park was severely disrupted by the volcanic eruption, but when it reopens, do go see this crater. The trail around the rim is like Jurassic Park then the walk along the crater floor is surrealistic and worth the effort.

Thank eaglecadd
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were fortunate the park had just reopened to a limited degree. The trails are interesting, and perhaps get a little boring after the initial spookiness wears off.

Thank Eugistic
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Although you can still park and see this beautiful crater, rangers tell us a large part of the upper rim trail has fallen in several places, so until the area is stable and the trail realigned, this hike is a no go. Try Mauna Ulu...More

7  Thank kalamakid
Reviewed 14 August 2018

We visit Kilauea just 1month before it erupted. I remember when I was standing there and took a selfie with my wife - it was an unforgettable moment.

1  Thank Aeri666
Reviewed 22 July 2018 via mobile

This was my second time over this trail. The first was in summer 2005. While the trail itself is still the same, it was noticably different in other ways. There is now more vegetation in the crater and less steam coming from the cracks. Also...More

3  Thank Frances C
Reviewed 4 July 2018

You walk down a zig zag trail down the canyon wall - lush with tropical growth before coming out onto the surface of the moon - but with bright sun and breathable air. In the distance you can see whiffs of steam emanating from the...More

1  Thank Billabob J
Reviewed 19 June 2018

Well worth to stop in the signed parking lot to take a short hike to see the large empty crater below. We even saw people walking across the floor of this crater

Thank kmc m
Reviewed 18 June 2018

We went in the afternoon when most tourists were headed out. after the last of the other visitors went past us headed back up we had the crater floor basically to ourselves. We brought our headlamps and hiked across the crater and up the other...More

Thank Tim M
Reviewed 5 June 2018

We walked along the rim, then down to the Kilauea Iki Trail. We hiked across, then up the trail. It was about 4 miles. We had some spinkles. We carried water. The cloud cover helped it not be so hot with the sun hitting the...More

Thank Nancy147
Reviewed 29 May 2018

The Iki trail is easily one of my favorite hikes on the island. It's a 4 mile loop that takes you through the rainforest and across an old dried up lava lake inside the Volcano National Park. Unfortunately beginning of May, the Park has been...More

1  Thank Ryan J
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18 September 2018|
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Response from DaveandCaz44 | Reviewed this property |
I think the National Park itself has literally only just re-opened, but as to which trails I don't really know sorry. Their website may tell you more but it's hard to tell from their map...the Iki overlook is open but not... More
Reshad R
9 August 2018|
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Response from Nancy147 | Reviewed this property |
Most of the Volcano National Park is closed (including this trail). Friday, officials went into the park to assess the safety and damage done by the earthquakes. Hopefully, they open more of the park. The volcanic... More
Lawrence S
19 April 2018|
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Response from worldismyoyster2015 | Reviewed this property |
We came in late to volcano lodge at 3pm so drove straight down chain of craters road parked at thurston lava tube and walked to kiluea iki trail. We walked down to base , explored fissures with steam vents on crater floor... More