“Best of Hawaii” 2010: Our readers' favorite Hawaii hiking trailsby: Derek Paiva
posted: Tue Sep 28, 2010 at 12:23 PM
Kilauea Iki crater with Halemaumau crater steam and ash eruption in background.
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Kilauea, in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, is the most active volcano on the planet. You can see its natural splendor in many ways—by air or sea, for instance. But the most dramatic of your options may very well be by foot. The park has more trails than you could take in a week—from a quick walk through a lava tube to multi-day hikes. HAWAII Magazine readers offered up many picks to choose from. One of our favorites, however, is the 4-mile loop trail through Kilauea Iki crater, the remains of a massive 1959 eruption. The trail begins off the park’s Crater Rim Drive near the Thurston Lava Tube. Its more than 400-foot descent takes hikers through a variety of scenery—lush fern- and foliage-filled rainforests, near active steam and sulfur vents and across a long-solidified lava lake.
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