Kilauea Iki Trail
Thurston Lava Tube
On Kilauea's eastern side, Crater Rim Dr passes through rainforest kipuka (oases) thick with tree ferns and ohia trees. An often...
Kilauea Iki Overlook
When Kilauea Iki (Little Kilauea) burst open in a fiery inferno in November 1959, it turned the crater into a roiling lake of molten...
Puʻu Puaʻi Overlook
'Gushing hill' in Hawaiian, Pu'u Pua'i offers magnificent views down the Chain of Craters Road.
For groceries, pickings are slim at both Volcano Store and Kilauea General Store. The best trail lunch will be leftovers from the night...
Kilauea Iki Trail information
If you can only do one day hike, make it this one. Beginning at the Kilauea Iki Overlook parking lot off Crater Rim Dr, this 4-mile, clockwise loop takes you through a jaw-dropping microcosm of the park. It quickly descends 400ft through fairy-tale ohia forest, then cuts across mile-wide Kilauea Iki crater. Scattered vents lace the crater's surface with ethereal steam plumes, while the wrinkly, often iridescent lava surface is peppered with ʻohelo shrubs, ohia trees and ferns.
Hitting the trail before 8am is a good way to beat the day-tripping crowds. The faint footpath across the crater floor is marked by ahu (stone cairns) to aid navigation. Don't wander off-trail to explore any steaming vents, lava tubes or caves without an experienced guide.
Geology-oriented trail brochures ($2) are sold at Kilauea Visitor Center.