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Kilauea Iki Crater Loop

Intermediate

Trail

3.3 mile 5.3 kilometer out and back
91% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 472' 144 m
Descent: -458' -140 m
High: 3,931' 1,198 m
Low: 3,505' 1,068 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 57% (30°)

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Trail shared by Tom Robson

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

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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. Running 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, runners will marvel at diverse scenic vistas, desert terrain, and lush rainforest.

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Photos

Crossing through the crater
May 25, 2018 near Volcano, HI
Hike through the rainforest.
Jan 25, 2016 near Volcano, HI
Once molten lava forms the trails here!
Sep 17, 2015 near Volcano, HI
Epic Hike to Thurston Lava Tube
Sep 17, 2015 near Volcano, HI
Marking the path across a lava lake
Sep 17, 2015 near Volcano, HI
Volcano National Park.
Sep 17, 2015 near Volcano, HI

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