Kilauea Iki

Kilauea Iki trail in Volcano National Park, on the Big Island of Hawaii, is a pit crater which is next to the main summit caldera of Kīlauea.

The crater trail still has steam vents when rainwater seeps into the cracks and makes contact with the extremely hot rock below and steam is emitted from various surface cracks. Do not get to close because the steam and some rocks are hot enough to cause serious burns.

In 1959, a series of earthquakes lead to a volcanic eruption filling the crater with magma.

kilauea iki trail

Kilauea Iki trail as seen from the parking lot above. In the background you can see Kilauea.

 

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