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Kilauea Iki Trail [1 hike report]

Hawaii > The Big Island > Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Summary
Length3 mi
Elev. Gain470 ft
Difficulty3 / 5
Rating10 / 10
TypeView
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.
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Hikers

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.

Cost
$10 per car, All National Park Service passes accepted

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Hike Featured In...
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By Pamela Wright
 
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 Volcano, HI
Partly sunny in the morning then becoming mostly sunny. Scattered showers. Highs around 86 at the shore to around 74 at 4000 feet. Northeast winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to 35 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Currently
Temperature: 79.6° F
Relative Humidity: 68%
Pressure: 29.67"
Dew Point: 68.0° F

Winds from the East at 8.2 mph gusting to 13.0 mph

Precipitation
Last Hour: 0.00"
Today: 0.00"

Sunrise: 5:45 AM
Sunset: 7:02 PM
Weather reported from Sacred Orchard (1mi West of Noni Farms), Pahoa, HI (KHIPAHOA15)
Forecast
Tonight
Mostly cloudy with scattered showers. Lows around 70 at the shore to around 56 at 4000 feet. North winds 10 to 15 mph. Gusts up to 40 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Tuesday
Partly sunny in the morning then becoming mostly sunny. Scattered showers. Highs around 86 at the shore to around 74 at 4000 feet. Northeast winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to 40 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Tuesday Night
Mostly cloudy. Scattered showers in the evening, then showers likely after midnight. Lows 52 to 75. Northeast winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to 35 mph. Chance of rain 60 percent.
Wednesday
Breezy. Partly sunny with showers likely in the morning, then mostly sunny with scattered showers in the afternoon. Highs 65 to 87. Northeast winds 10 to 20 mph with gusts to 35 mph. Chance of rain 60 percent.
Weather information provided by Weather Underground. Current as of 6/26/2017 12:20 AM
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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
Crowds:Light
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