Kilauea Iki

Pahoa, Hawaii 96778

Kilauea Iki

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"If you only have time for one hike at Volcanoes National Park, this is the one. On this hike you enter the home of the Goddess of Volcanoes, Pele herself. The trail takes you across the floor of a live caldera, still smelling of sulphur and hissing with s"

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Hawaii Trails: Walks, Strolls and Treks on the Big Island (Wilderness Press)
Kathy Morey
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"What does this trip offer you? Fabulous rainforest and crater scenery; a thrilling walk across a crater floor; and a visit to the site from which spewed the highest and hottest lava fountain ever recorded in Hawaiian history. If you have time for only one hike in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, this should be it. Perhaps the biggest challenge on this hike is keeping yourself moving because every few steps will reveal yet another viewpoint where you just have to stop and take one more picture. The hike begins on the east side of the parking lot, away from Kilauea Iki. From the interpretive signs, you turn right as directed by the trail signs, climb a little to a walkway, and then descend moderately to steeply on the walkway to the lava tube. You cross a bridge just as you enter the mouth of the tube. Now you proceed across the tube’s nearly level floor. Lights in the interior allow you to see how the lava left a sort of crude but rather smooth plastering on the tube’s bumpy walls. Roots from trees growing far above dangle down through the ceiling, and water drips through hundreds of tiny cracks."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
2 to 3 hours
Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park
Local Contacts
USGS Kilauea Crater
Local Maps