|Hike Name:||Kilauea Iki|
|Directions:||From Volcano, drive west on Highway 11. Turn left on Crater Rim Drive, stop at the park entrance station to pay the entrance fee, and then take the next left on Crater Rim Drive. Stay on Crater Rim Drive for just over a mile and there will be a trailhead parking turnout area on the right.|
|Total Hike Distance:||4.00 miles|
|Hike Type:||Roundtrip, Loop Hike|
|Hike Starts/Ends:||Kilauea Iki Trailhead|
|Trails Used:||Kilauea Iki|
|Backcountry Water Sources:||None|
|Management:||National Park Service|
|Contact Information:||Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park
1 Crater Rim Drive
Hawaii National Park, HI 96718
Visitor Information: (808) 985-6000
|Best Season:||Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall|
|Road Conditions:||Secondary Paved Roads|
|Hike Summary:||This hike begins at the Kilauea Iki trailhead in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park and progresses in a counterclockwise direction. It first traverses along the rain forest-like north rim of the crater before descending approximately 400 feet to the floor of the crater. The true scale of the size of the crater becomes surprisingly obvious as you look down at people walking along the crater floor from the rim trail above.
The barren lava of the crater floor is in stark contrast to the rain forest-like vegetation of the rim trail. The lava that forms the crater floor resembles something of a post-apocalyptic parking lot where the pavement has been heaved up in large slabs. The trail along the crater floor is marked by cairns, but it would be difficult to get lost here either way. Just point yourself toward the other side of the crater and walk. The final ascent up out of the crater to the trailhead is somewhat steep, but completely manageable.