We drove from Hilo to the Jagger Museum to see the glow of the crater and it was amazing. Check your sunset times and get there about an hour early for a good spot. Also check https:/…monitoring_deformation.html for crater flow, we got lucky it has been pretty good lately. Now please be careful. People dont realize especially at night jumping over the wall and going beyond the roped off area that you can basically DIE. We saw kids jumping over the wall at night and had no clue how close they came to rolling down a cliff. It made my skin crawl please listen to the rangers and be safe. The view of the crater just got better and better as the sun was setting and transitioning to night. Also dont forget to look up when it gets dark. If there are no clouds the view of the stars is amazing and something you will never forget.
The next day we got up early and went back to the park for a hike. After speaking with a couple of rangers we decided to do the Kilauea Iki trail. It was amazing now dont get me wrong it was a little tuff and dangerous but was so worth it. The wife and I are not experienced hikers but managed to do it, we went slow and steady and took about 2 1/2 hrs. The views and just and the awesomeness of walking the crater was like being on a different planet. Bring plenty of water you will get thirsty. We also lucked out that we had cloud cover and it was a light rain and got really windy and cool so be prepared for anything. When we got done it was blazing sun, hot and muggy. Be careful , be prepared and get ready for ran amazing hike that we soon wont forget. After that we went over to the Thurston Tubes and even thought they arent big we though they were great and is basically right next to the Kilaueau Iki trail. It doesnt take long and we are glad we saw that to. The best part of the BI for us was the VNP