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Kilauea Iki Trail [1 hike report]

Hawaii > The Big Island > Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Length3 mi
Elev. Gain470 ft
Difficulty3 / 5
Rating10 / 10
The hike is located in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and explores a 400-foot deep crater named Kilauea Iki Crater which was the site for a 1959 eruption.

You start the trail from your right as you face the crater. The trail head is situated at about 400 feet above the crater floor. The first half of the trail takes through a rainforest at the border of the crater till it comes at the first overlook. Pass two other overlooks before you come at a junction with a Byron Ridge trail connector from where you have to take left to reach the fourth overlook. Now the trail starts descending into the crater till you reach the Puu Puai, a hillside rising out of the crater on the right.

The trail leaves the lip of Puu Puai and passes two terraces on the solid surface of the lava lake. From the twin terraces, the trail makes a half mile beeline across the crater floor. The trail ascends through the lava lake's subsidence terrace or the bathtub ring before it climbs up the side of the crater. The final phase of the trail makes you climb up 400 foot through the rainforest back up to the crater border. Kilauea Iki trail again starts from the north end of the lava tube, an artery of the volcano and after half mile you will go back to your starting point.

Best time to go
The best time to go on one of the Tuesdays each month when the "After Dark in the Park" lectures take place.

$10 per car, All National Park Service passes accepted

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Trailhead Location
GPS Coordinates:
19° 24.985' N
155° 14.575' W

Driving Directions:
Turn right towards Crater Rim Drive after you enter Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Carry on for about 2 miles to reach the Kilauea Iki Overlook.
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Weather Report for Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, HI
Frequent showers and slight chance of thunderstorms. Locally heavy rainfall possible. Lows around 66 at the shore to around 50 at 4000 feet. South winds around 10 mph shifting to the southwest up to 10 mph after midnight. Gusts up to 30 mph. Chance of rain near 100 percent.
Temperature: 71.2° F
Relative Humidity: 100%
Pressure: 30.07"
Dew Point: 71.2° F

Winds from the NNE at 0.4 mph gusting to 0.9 mph

Last Hour: 0.00"
Today: 0.46"

Sunrise: 6:45 AM
Sunset: 6:23 PM
Weather reported from orchard 1, Ainaloa, HI (KHIAINAL2)
Occasional showers and slight chance of thunderstorms. Haze in the afternoon. Locally heavy rainfall possible. Highs around 79 at the shore to around 69 at 4000 feet. Southwest winds up to 10 mph with gusts to 30 mph. Chance of rain near 100 percent.
Friday Night
Occasional showers. Lows around 66 at the shore to around 50 at 4000 feet. West winds up to 10 mph with gusts to 30 mph. Chance of rain near 100 percent.
Mostly cloudy. Haze in the morning. Occasional showers in the morning, then showers likely in the afternoon. Highs 61 to 80. West winds up to 10 mph shifting to the southeast late in the afternoon. Gusts up to 30 mph. Chance of rain 90 percent.
Saturday Night
Mostly cloudy with showers likely. Lows 44 to 72. Southeast winds around 10 mph with gusts to 30 mph. Chance of rain 70 percent.
Weather information provided by Weather Underground. Current as of 2/22/2018 6:52 PM
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Kilauea Iki Trail - by NoctilucentSaturday, May 01, 2010
This is a great trail. It was the first time I saw tropical rainforest. The first part of the hike is easy... no steep include or declines for the first mile through rainforest. Then you travel down steep steps to reach the caldera. Once you're down in the blast zone, you are surrounded by lava... Be prepared for tons of sunlight and no shade. The first part is loose lava and you need good hiking shoes in order to traverse over this terrain. The second part of the caldera is easy to walk acr.....
Miles Hiked:3
Trail Condition:Good
Weather:Partly Cloudy
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