AAA Editor Notes
Kīlauea Iki Trail begins at the Kīlauea Iki parking lot on Crater Rim Drive, just s.e. of Kīlauea Visitor Center within Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. The 4-mile loop trail winds through a lovely fern and ‘ōhi‘a rain forest before descending some 400 feet to the barren floor of Kīlauea Iki Crater. Crossing the crater floor, keep an eye peeled for steam escaping from cracks in the ground (Kīlauea Iki last erupted in 1959). Save for the 400-foot climb back up to the trailhead, this is an easy-to-moderate trek that'll take around 2.5 hours.
Note: Hikers should expect wet and windy conditions and steep, rocky terrain. Water, snacks, rain gear and sun protection are recommended.