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Kilauea Iki Crater Loop

Intermediate
 4.7 (27) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A definite highlight for many visitors to the park- marvel at great volcanic scenery and rainforests


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3.3

Miles

5.3

KM

Loop

3,931' 1,198 m

High

3,505' 1,068 m

Low

472' 144 m

Up

458' 140 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

57%

Max Grade (30°)

Dogs No Dogs

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Family Friendly The lava surface is rugged and this trail has moderate elevation gain and loss - it is suitable for most abilities if you take it slow and enjoy the scenery.

Overview

One of the most popular trails in the park, Kileauea Iki crosses a once-molten lava field. Get up close to steam vents and traipse through luxuriant Hawaiian rainforest.

Need to Know

Avoid the sunniest, hottest hours of the day and take sturdy shoes, water, snacks and sun protection.

Description

From the Crater Rim Drive parking area, descend through a dense rainforest to the floor of the solidified, however still steaming, Klauea Iki Crater lava lake. Peer into the 1959 vent that erupted to a height of 1900 feet located below the Puu Puai cinder cone.

Stops along the Kileauea Iki Trail reveal the story of a dramatic eruption in 1959. A well-marked path leads you through lush rain forest along the rim of Klauea Iki (little Klauea) and down to its still-steaming crater floor. For a complete guide with detailed information corresponding to each stop, Click Here

Once you reach the end of the Kileauea Iki Trail, turn right onto Crater Rim Trail. Hiking the Crater Rim is an awe-inspiring journey around an active volcano. The breath of gasses and steam bear witness that Pelehonuamea (Pele of the sacred land) still resides here. Rich with native plant and animal life, active volcanism, and Hawaiian deities of a living culture, hikers will marvel at diverse scenic vistas, desert terrain, and lush rainforest.

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Tom Robson

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Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, United States
Apr 1, 2020 near Volcano, HI
Hike through the rainforest.
Jan 25, 2016 near Volcano, HI
Crossing through the crater
May 25, 2018 near Volcano, HI
Inside the huge Thurston Lava Tube.
Mar 7, 2016 near Volcano, HI
Crater Trail
Sep 21, 2015 near Volcano, HI
Marking the path across a lava lake
Sep 17, 2015 near Volcano, HI

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Nov 29, 2020
Meagan Mesirow
Mar 1, 2020
Laura Saenz
Did this 2x. Once each way into loop. 4mi
Feb 29, 2020
Jake Westover
Feb 22, 2020
Mike Nugent
Feb 16, 2020
Ericka S
Feb 9, 2020
AFI Winn
Dec 5, 2019
Steve Zhang
It's a loop! — 1h 41m
Dec 2, 2019
Octavian Petrescu