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Kilauea Iki Trail
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Owner description: A moderate 4 mile hike into a an old volcanic crater.
Toronto, Canada
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“If you ever dreamed of going to Mars ...”
Reviewed 29 November 2013

This is a unique experience and hike not many are fortunate enough to experience. If you are there and among the few blessed to be surrounded by this amazing natural feat, try your best to do this hike.
Ok, so it's a 4 mile trail, starting with either a relative steep descent to the lava crater or a less strenuous descent though tropical woods. We did the latter and reached the hardened lava that way. The walk down was beautiful, with view of the volcano and the lava crater through the green of the trees. The walk through the lava sea can get hot -- but it's so freaking amazing that you tend to forget about such discomforts. It's like walking on an alien planet surface.
Take enough water and don't sweat it too much. It's a very well traveled hike.
We ended up on the other side, going up and reaching the lava tubes after about an hour and a half (maybe less, I forget). After the lava tubes there's still a bit of a hike to get back to the trail head parking lot.
Even if you're not in the best of shape, do this hike slowly and pace yourself, but really try to do it. It's an experience you won't forget.
Best to start this one early cause of the heat.

Visited October 2013
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Berkeley, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“great hike”
Reviewed 28 November 2013

not too strenuous - 4 miles. Beware when walking counterclockwise that the exit is at the Thurston Lava Tube parking area and you have to walk back about ¼ mile to the Kilauea Iki parking lot

Visited November 2013
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Kansas City, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“A Great Experience”
Reviewed 24 November 2013

We read all the reviews and decided to do this hike.We took our time and enjoyed it immensely.The weather was fabulous.Not very hot. I advise taking water and definitely wearing a hat as the trail across the crater has no shade. The flora on the first part of the hike was beautiful and we loved the cracks with steam coming out as we walked the crater floor. We went counter clockwise so down the steep steps and up the switch backs.I think either way would have been OK. One is just steeper going up but would be shorter than the switchbacks.

Visited October 2013
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
“Beautiful and amazing experience”
Reviewed 24 November 2013

This was one of the favorite things we did. We too hiked the loop counter clockwise. It was beautiful and refreshing walking through the forested area. You then hike down and across a crater which took my husband and I about 30 minutes to get across which was at a pretty quick pace. With that being said, a hat, sunscreen and water are good for this direct sun portion. I'd recommend doing this hike in the morning because it would be pretty hot crossing the crater in the afternoon. You then hike back up and out ending up by the Thurston Lava Tubes. We'd both highly recommend this hike. This is one of those things you need to see for yourself.

Visited November 2013
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Seattle, Washington
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“A must for families... unique hike”
Reviewed 23 November 2013 via mobile

We parked at the Thurston Lava Tube lot and hiked the trail counter clockwise. Good idea as its easier taking stairs going down and the more gradual incline going up. We left late, around 3:30 pm and because we were concerned about it getting dark, we kept a good pace. We completed the loop in 1.5 hrs. Regret not taking more time to really enjoy and learn about volcanos. From there we went through the lava tubes, also really cool, and then to Jagger to see the glow if the lava at dusk. Awesome place. ..just wish we allowed more time. However dangerous gases closed access to many places so our options were limited anyway.

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