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SoCalOregonian
Murrieta, CA10,390 contributions
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 2 April 2022
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Madelinejane
Indianapolis, IN101 contributions
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 7 February 2022
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psudino
Weehawken, NJ4,068 contributions
Feb 2020
These are an amazing natural occurrence and unique to active volcanic islands like the Big Island of Hawai'i. As you approach an area, like the Byron Ledge, it appears that the ground is perpetually smoking, like a fire without flames. However, these are the amazing steam vents of Mt. Kilauea. I was expecting a stronger smell, but the most physical aspect of it was the wet heat. What an interesting an unique natural phenomenon.
Written 9 September 2020
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David V
Casper, WY245 contributions
Feb 2020
The visitor center is still closed but we stopped at the steam vents and walked in to the edge of the caldera. What a view! The steam vents are lively and the ones closest to the parking lot are quite warm. But, when you look around you see steam everywhere. It is a great place to walk and the walk is easy. Handicap parking up front by the large vents. Walking to the caldera is a bit tough for those whith physical handicaps but it's not far and fairly flat. Incredible views and incredible geology in this area.
Written 14 March 2020
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Sara O.
20 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
This was pretty cool to see since we were already there, but I wouldnt make a special trip for it. The walk from the parking lot to the steam is pretty short and easy for people with mobility challenges to maneuver. It's cool to see the steam that the earth is producing, but there is a lot of sulfur in the area so you don't want to be breathing in the steam for too long, especially if you have any respiratory issues.
Written 1 March 2020
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Cindy H
Alameda, CA1,552 contributions
Feb 2020
Take the walk out to the cliff to see the overall of the volcano crater and the steam vents along the way. It's nice that they have signs along the way talking about the sulfur and how things were made and just exactly what is going on under the surface.
Written 28 February 2020
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Mike H
Phoenix, AZ2,077 contributions
Jan 2020
You can tell that the volcano is just dormant and could start up any time. Water drips in and hits the hot rock below then steams back up. Just amazing to see.
Written 26 February 2020
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holiday-view23-7-11
Basingstoke, UK1,806 contributions
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 18 February 2020
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jgsherwood
Corte Madera, CA62 contributions
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 9 February 2020
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ChristineR1
Honolulu, HI268 contributions
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 29 January 2020
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