Kilauea Iki Crater Loop
ElevationAscent: 472' 144 m
Descent: -458' -140 m
High: 3,931' 1,198 m
Low: 3,505' 1,068 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 57% (30°)
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“A definite highlight for many visitors to the park- marvel at great volcanic scenery and rainforests”— Tom Robson
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.
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.
Local Club: Friends of Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park
Land Manager: National Park Service - Hawaii Volcanoes National Park