Crater Rim Drive Tour - Stop #8
NPS - Ed Shiinoki
Approximately 1/2 mile from Puʻu Puaʻi is the Devastation Trail parking area. You can park your car here and take a 30-minute walk through the cinder outfall of the 1959 eruption of Kīlauea Iki. This 1/2 mile (each way) paved trail is wheelchair and stroller accessible. You can have the driver of your car proceed on to the Puʻu Puaʻi Overlook located 1/2 mile away and meet your group.
Another option is to walk the unpaved trail (.6 mile each way) to the Byron Ledge trail across the cinders being reclaimed by a variety of native and alien species.
Did You Know?
Large volumes of lava move in lava tubes beneath the hardened surface of recent flows. Skylights form when the roof of a lava tube collapses, revealing the molten lava flowing like a river within the tube.