Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Hawaii, United States
 (4 votes, 4 reviews)
Without volcanoes there would be no Hawaii.  Fortunately for the world, Hawaii's volcanoes continue to produce their famous molten lava, which results in a growing mass of paradise in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.  One of the most spectacular spots to witness this natural miracle in action is on the Big Island of Hawaii at Volcanoes National Park, where two active volcanoes (Mauna Loa and Kilauea) regularly spout ash clouds, smoke and hot lava into the sea.  Visitors can hike around the park and experience an incredible range of microclimates and sites, from rain forests to eerie lava tubes to spectacular views of the ocean.
 
Volcanic activity is responsible for a new island that is currently being created in Hawaii, which would bring the total number of islands to 9 in the state's chain.  Just off the southern coast of the Big Island is Loihi, an underwater volcano that has been erupting since 1996. The new island is scheduled to break the ocean's surface in about 250,000 years, so we have a while before we need to book our reservations.

Trails

Summary
Difficulty
Distance
Hawai'i Chain of Craters Drive
An unforgettable drive from the top of Kilauea in Hawai'i to the Pacific Ocean.
Easy
22 mi/
35 km
Kilauea Craters Trail, Hawaii Volcanoes NP
Hiking inside the desolate crater of possibly the world's most active volcano.
Moderate
8.5 mi/
13.7 km
Guides
Kilauea Craters Trail, Hawaii Volcanoes NP
Kilauea Craters Trail, Hawaii Volcanoes NP
Pahoa, Hawaii, United States
 
Moderate: 8.5 miles, Full day
Hiking inside the desolate crater of possibly the world's most active volcano.
Hawai'i Chain of Craters Drive
Hawai'i Chain of Craters Drive
Pahoa, Hawaii, United States
 
Easy: 22 miles, Half day
An unforgettable drive from the top of Kilauea in Hawai'i to the Pacific Ocean.
Community Trips
those baby ferns were huge Photo
fern trees Photo
Kilauea Caldera Photo
Halema'uma'u crater Photo
Kilauea Iki Trail - Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
by Vaudesir on Feb 20, 2010
Volcano, Hawaii, United States
5.9 miles
Hiking inside a crater, on a solidified lava lake, is a unique experience. It can be done in the Kilauea Iki crater, right at the heart of the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.My dad and I have been meaning to hike this trail. As a matter of fact, we came back to the park despite the distance (about 3 hours of driving from the Kohala Coast) just for this hike, and it was...
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Hawai'i: Big Island - Volcanoes National Park: Kīlauea Iki Trail
by ripcitybeaver on Jul 28, 2011
Volcano, Hawaii, United States
3.7 miles
This is a moderate 4-mile hike located with the Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park.  You start out hiking along the ridge of the crater.  About half-way through, you have descended all the way down into the crater, where you can still see gas and smoke escaping.
Kilauea Iki Crater and Mauna Loa Photo
Kilauea Iki Trailhead Photo
Kilauea Iki Crater Photo
Kilauea Iki Crater Photo
Kilauea Iki Trail
by rakeshlobster on Jul 20, 2009
Volcano, Hawaii, United States
4.9 miles
Hiking the Kilauea Iki Trail with the sidetrip to the Thurston Lava Tube.
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volcano N.P.
by cassana on Feb 29, 2008
Āpua (historical), Hawaii, United States
10.6 miles
great hike in Volcano National Park.
View from Crater Rim Photo
Life Finds a Way Photo
Looking across the crater Photo
1959 erruption Photo
Kilauea Iki Trail, Volcano National Park, Hawaii
by NowaHatak on Dec 14, 2008
Volcano, Hawaii, United States
4.9 miles
It was a rainy day on the volcano.  Unfortunately, some portions of the park are closed due to large amounts of Sulfur Dioxide emissions.  Walking along the bottom of a volcanic crater was incredible.
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keauhou trail (Big Island) Volcano N.P
by blazerboy813 on Apr 20, 2011
Volcano, Hawaii, United States
11.1 miles
Keauhou is located on the southern seacoast of Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park and is one of the favored destinations of hearty wilderness hikers. The campsite is 6.8 miles from the closest trailhead. The hike to Keauhou can be a grueling, hot hike through predominately non-native grasses to a small rocky bay where cold fresh water seeps to the surface and mixes with the ocean. The campsite may be accessed from several trailheads; Mau Loa...
Volcanoes Natl Park Photo
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Kilauea-Iki crater-Volcanoes Natl Park
by reags on Dec 20, 2007
Volcano, Hawaii, United States
4.1 miles
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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
by ant on Jan 25, 2009
Volcano, Hawaii, United States
55 miles
Driving around the crater rim and then heading down the chain of craters road to the sea (about 4000ft drop).
Volcano National Park
by batrailguy on Apr 13, 2007
Lae Apuki (historical), Hawaii, United States
6.4 miles
This is a spectacular hike.
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Volcano Park
by pyro on Nov 29, 2008
Volcano, Hawaii, United States
0.0 miles
Hike from camp ground to Jaggers Museum

Reviews
mokeboi
it was very foggy with the normal wind and rain. went down to the ocean where it was clear, no flow but great experience.
Visited on Mar 30, 2013

by mokeboi on Jun 03, 2013
Hiflyer
Check in at the visitors center first thing and check for road and trail closures. Easiest hiking trail for us was Iki crater. Add Thurston Lava tube closel by. Best directions for exploring this park and it's trails we're in our Big Island Trailblazer guidebook, www.trailblazertravelbooks.com. Drive down Chain of Craters road to see the petroglyphs and volcano lava plume. Plan on spending the day up here if you like to hike and see an active volcano.
Visited on Aug 27, 2012

by Hiflyer on Sep 24, 2012
ToddDixon
Bring a rain jacket and sun screen. You will probably need both every day.
Visited on Dec 04, 2011

by ToddDixon on Dec 11, 2011
mzelk
Walking in Volcano National Park is like being on a different planet. My favorite things to do: hike to the petroglyphs, visit the sea arch and watch the active lava flow at night.
Visited on Sep 01, 2009

by mzelk on Dec 16, 2010

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