Kilauea Iki is Open again! (Mostly)
Kīlauea Iki looks fairly tranquil these days. But, in 1959 it was a seething lava lake, with lava fountains up to 1,900 feet. From the top of the overlook it is difficult to comprehend the scale of Kīlauea Iki. The crater is a mile long, 3,000 feet across, and the floor is 400 feet below the overlook. It is 4.5 miles roundtrip, used to be a loop trail, but damage to the trail has made this an out and back trail until further notice. It can take 1.5 to 2.5 hours depending on your hiking speed, how often you stop to take pictures etc.
At the entrance to the park stay in the left hand lane for the booth on the left. You will make the next immediate left after going through the booth. Follow the signs to the Kilauea Iki Overlook parking lot to begin your hike. As of right now you can only do the trail clockwise so head down the trail to the left from the parking area.
This has always been one of our favorite hikes and we are so glad you can now enjoy most of it as well!