Hiking To Kilauea Lava FlowUpdated 1/26/2019: Kilauea volcano is not currently erupting. Please check back for new updates in regards to the possibility of hiking to active portions of the volcano. Should the volcano become active, the hiking trail will be updated. This is a highly recommended trail in the event of an active eruption.
The Kilauea Lava Flow hike on the Big Island of Hawai’i is one of the most incredible hikes I could recommend. I give caution though, this hike isn’t easy. It’s physically and mentally exhausting. However, the reward is incredibly worth it. Volcano eruptions from Kilauea volcano are for the most part, exceptionally peaceful. Most of the lava flows ooze at a slow pace of no more than about 100 feet per day. It’s hard for me to describe the experience of standing in front of hot lava but I’m going to try. The warmth of the lava is like nothing else I’ve ever experienced. My girlfriend and I described it as something like what it must feel like being a rotisserie chicken. If the wind is blowing off the lava directly at you, it’s literally blowing super heated air directly on to your body. The glow of the lava is anywhere from a dark red to bright yellow. It’s almost hypnotizing watching the lava spread across the earth. Gases are frequently released giving lava an odd odor. One thing to look out for, watch your step, some hardened rocks are just a few hours old. Beneath that new rock flowing lava still sits several feet below the surface, Some places where you stand can be hot enough to melt the sole of your shoe. The Kilauea Lava Flow hike is a difficult one, but if you’re looking for a huge reward, please consider this hike. Do you have any updates to the hiking trail or want to share your hike/pictures? Please leave a comment below.
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Kilauea Lava Flow Hike Quick Facts:
- Elevation: 643 feet.
- Elevation Gain: About 400 feet.
- Estimated Distance: 9-13 miles; the actual mileage is difficult to determine. The flows are always changing directions an a very large coastal plain/peninsula. For eruption updates check with the United States Geological Survey who posts regular updates on the volcano activity within the park.
- My Actual Distance: 12 miles.
- Estimated Time: 6-8 hours.
- My Time: 5:08.