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Day Hike - Devastation Trail

Hiking Devastation Trail
Hiking Devastation Trail
NPS Photo

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?

Waha`ula Visitor Center surrendering to lava.

From 1983 to 1991, lava flows repeatedly invaded communities on Kīlauea's coastal south flank burying eight miles of highway and destroying 181 houses and a visitor center in Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park.