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SoCalOregonian
Murrieta, CA10,370 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
The Steam Vent field is located close to the National Park visitor center and some vents are right at the parking lot. A short walk from the parking lot takes you to Wahinekapu (Steaming Bluff). From Wahinekapu you can get a nice view of Kilauea caldera.
This phenomenon is created when rainwater seeps into the cracks in the rocks and reaches rock that is heated from the magma below. The heated water returns to the surface and condenses as steam.
Written April 2, 2022
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holiday-view23-7-11
Basingstoke, UK1,806 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Not something you see often we stopped along the road to watch the steam rising. Guess it is an indicator that the volcano is still active.
Written February 18, 2020
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jgsherwood
Corte Madera, CA59 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
The walk destinations apparently vary depending on who is leading them but ours took us out to the steam vents. This was in the evening just before dark. Saw lots of steam and lots of vents. Kind of eerie and really interesting.
Written February 9, 2020
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PlPlJns
Humble, TX101 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
Changes have made this park a disappointment from what it once was. The Jagger Museum is closed and that was the best spot for viewing the volcano at night, which now probably does not have the red glow with the changes from the eruption.
Written May 26, 2019
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Nocilantro52
Oregon City, OR418 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2018 • Couples
We first stopped at these steam vents and were amused by the coins and even dollar bills people had thrown in! Even cigarette butts were contributed! (Couldn't believe people would do that!) The heat and smell weren't bad -- interesting, really. But we realized there was a walkway over to the edge of the crater which was the REAL attraction. I had never seen anything like it! A huge expanse of lavaflow, with the volcano caldera in the distance. That sight made us look forward to continuing the journey.
Written January 29, 2018
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tonypzo
38 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Couples
I would recommend skipping these. The tour buses offload crowds of people here, and you can see some unobstructed steam vents along the sulfur and other trails.
Written August 3, 2016
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Madelinejane
Indianapolis, IN100 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
We loved these and it only takes 30 minutes to see them. You can walk right up to some of the vents and be bathed in steam coming right out of the volcano! I wish we had taken the Sulphur Banks Trail too, but we were too tired from hiking the Kilauea Iki Trail!
Written February 7, 2022
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ChristineR1
Honolulu, HI323 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
The steam vents are not very impressive. I was expectiong something like at yellowstone. The steam vents are right next to the crater and THAT sight is impressive
Written January 29, 2020
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sameteam
Placitas, NM20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Very cool happening all over the area. Easy access parking and very close to great view of the Kilauea caldera.
Written January 27, 2020
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anon
Carmel, IN18 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Family
This is a deceptively easy hike along a beautiful yet rugged part of nature. Unfortunately, while walking along the trail between the Volcano House and the Steam Vent parking lot, the area 6 inches to the side of the packed dirt trail gave way when we stopped to view some steam. I still had one foot on the packed central trail yet managed to fall suddenly into the vent when the loose silt dirt gave way. I fell about 10 feet down into ground brush on my head. The brush stopped me from falling deeper into the steaming pit. Miraculously, I was able to sit up and get onto my feet and reach high enough to have my 20 year old daughter and a kind passerby pull me to safety. It was a terrifying experience. Please be careful and stay in the center of the marked trails. There were not ropes, rails or signs in this area of the trail.
Written July 24, 2019
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