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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)


Did You Know?

Green Sea Turtle resting on a beach.

The endangered Honu (Green Sea Turtle) are frequently seen in shallow waters and basking in the sun on beaches. They return to the Northwest Hawaiian Islands to lay their nests, over 700 miles away.