Kilauea Iki Trail

Page Type Page Type: Route
Location Lat/Lon: 19.45200°N / 155.29201°W
Additional Information Route Type: Lava Hike
Additional Information Time Required: Less than two hours
Additional Information Difficulty: Class 1
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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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