Kīlauea Iki Trail from Kīlauea Iki Overlook

 
Map of Kīlauea Iki Trail denoted by a dotted line.
The red dotted line indicates the Kīlauea Iki Trail. The orange dotted line indicates an optional trail into Nāhuku (Thurston Lava Tube).

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Walk across a once-molten lake of lava in Kīlauea Iki Crater. This trail reveals the story of a dramatic eruption in 1959. A well-marked path leads you through lush rain forest along the rim of Kīlauea Iki (little Kīlauea) and down to its still-steaming crater floor.

  • Difficulty: Moderate to challenging - Steep and rocky, descent & ascent 400 feet (122 m).

  • Parking: Parking at Kīlauea Iki Overlook is extremely limited. During peak hours, there may be no parking available. If you are interested in a longer hike, you are strongly encouraged to begin your hike at Kīlauea Visitor Center, or Devastation Trailhead.

  • Distance and hiking time: From Kīlauea Iki Overlook: 3.3 mile (5.3 km) loop. Plan for approximately 2 to 3 hours. Connecting Nāhuku (Thurston Lava Tube) Trail (indicated by the orange dotted line) will add another 0.5 miles (0.8 km) to your hike.

  • Bring: Water, food, hat, sunscreen and rain gear. Be prepared for hot, dry, wet, windy weather conditions and steep and rocky terrain.

Download the Kīlauea Iki Trail Guide (pdf 921KB)

 
 

Walk across a once-molten lake of lava in Kīlauea Iki Crater. This trail reveals the story of a dramatic eruption in 1959. A well-marked path leads you through lush rain forest along the rim of Kīlauea Iki (little Kīlauea) and down to its still-steaming crater floor.

  • Difficulty: Moderate to challenging - Steep and rocky, descent & ascent 400 feet (122 m).

  • Parking: Parking at Kīlauea Iki Overlook is extremely limited. During peak hours, there may be no parking available. If you are interested in a longer hike, you are strongly encouraged to begin your hike at Kīlauea Visitor Center, or Devastation Trailhead.

  • Distance and hiking time: From Kīlauea Iki Overlook: 3.3 mile (5.3 km) loop. Plan for approximately 2 to 3 hours. Connecting Nāhuku (Thurston Lava Tube) Trail (indicated by the orange dotted line) will add another 0.5 miles (0.8 km) to your hike.

  • Bring: Water, food, hat, sunscreen and rain gear. Be prepared for hot, dry, wet, windy weather conditions and steep and rocky terrain.

Download the Kīlauea Iki Trail Guide (pdf 921KB)

Last updated: November 26, 2021

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