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Kilauea Iki Trail

Kilauea Iki Trail


Page Type: Route

Location: Hawaii, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 19.45200°N / 155.29201°W

Object Title: Kilauea Iki Trail

Route Type: Lava Hike

Time Required: Less than two hours

Difficulty: Class 1

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Page By: Ed F

Created/Edited: Oct 7, 2005 / Oct 7, 2005

Object ID: 167034

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From the Visitor's Center, drive down the Chain of the Craters Road, and park at the parking area for the Thurston Lava Tube.

Route Description

This hike descends 400 feet through rainforest, across the crater floor, passes Pu'u Pua'i cinder cone, and return via the crater's rim. The trail is marked well. Ensure you follow the cairns.

If you only have time to do one hike at HVNP, do this one. It's short, lets you see a lot of stuff, and is very easy.

This hike is 4 miles round trip. You will gain and lose 400 feet going to and from the Crater Floor.

Essential Gear

Sturdy shoes. Do not wear any open toed shoes. The lava will eat up your feet! Bring plenty of water.

Miscellaneous Info

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hapuu\'Ohi\'a TreeInside Kilauea Iki CraterLooking southcrossing the craterCrater floor walkKilauea Iki Trail
Pu\'u Pua\'iView From BelowMauna KeaIn the CraterLooking north