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Day Hike - Devastation Trail

Hiking Devastation Trail
Hiking Devastation Trail
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Devastation Trail

This trail is a paved path through a forested area that was devastated by falling cinder from the spectacular lava fountains of the 1959 Kīlauea lki eruption.

Of interest: Plants, birds, insects, cinder, olivine, Pele's hair and tears, tree molds, cinder and spatter cone.

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Distance and hiking time: 1 mile roundtrip, 45 minutes
  • Distance from Visitor Center to trailhead: 4 miles.
  • Trail begins at the Devastation Trail parking lot on Crater Rim Drive or just beyond the end of the Pu'u Pua'i Overlook parking area.
  • Wheelchair and stroller accessible paved path.
  • Stay on the trail.
  • Do not climb the Pu'u Pua'i cinder cone.

Hiking Tips (pdf-217KB)


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`Ohi`a tree with lehua blossoms.

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