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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 Volcano, HI
Partly cloudy with scattered showers. Lows around 69 at the shore to around 55 at 4000 feet. West winds around 10 mph with gusts to 30 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Temperature: 69.3° F
Relative Humidity: 98%
Pressure: 30.16"
Dew Point: 69.0° F

Winds from the West at 0.0 mph gusting to -999.0 mph

Last Hour: 0.00"
Today: 0.38"

Sunrise: 6:17 AM
Sunset: 5:53 PM
Weather reported from Leilani Estates, Pahoa, HI (KHIPHOA10)
Mostly cloudy. Scattered showers in the morning, then showers likely in the afternoon. Haze through the day. Highs around 81 at the shore to around 70 at 4000 feet. Light winds becoming southeast around 10 mph in the afternoon. Gusts up to 25 mph. Chance of rain 70 percent.
Sunday Night
Mostly cloudy with showers likely. Haze. Lows around 72 at the shore to around 58 at 4000 feet. South winds around 10 mph with gusts to 25 mph. Chance of rain 70 percent.
Mostly cloudy. Scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms in the morning, then occasional showers and isolated thunderstorms in the afternoon. Haze through the day. Locally heavy rainfall possible. Highs 69 to 86. South winds 10 to 15 mph. Gusts up to 30 mph increasing to 45 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain 90 percent.
Monday Night
Cloudy with occasional showers and isolated thunderstorms. Haze. Locally heavy rainfall possible. Lows 52 to 74. South winds 10 to 15 mph. Gusts up to 50 mph decreasing to 40 mph early in the morning. Chance of rain 90 percent.
Weather information provided by Weather Underground. Current as of 10/22/2017 10:10 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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