Day Hike - Devastation Trail

Hiking Devastation Trail
Hiking Devastation Trail

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Stroll on a paved path through a starkly beautiful recovering landscape that was buried by falling cinder from the spectacular lava fountains of the 1959 Kīlauea Iki eruption. Witness life returning to this once devastated area.

  • Difficulty: Easy - WHEELCHAIR & STROLLER ACCESSIBLE. There are sections of this paved trail that have grades greater than eight percent (8%).
  • Distance and hiking time: 1 mile (1.6km) round trip, approximately 1.0 hour.
  • Distance from Kīlauea Visitor Center: 4 miles.
  • Trail begins: Either at the Pu'u Pua'i parking lot or the Devastation Trail parking lot, both off of Crater Rim Drive.
  • Stay on the paved trail. Do not climb the Pu‘u Pua‘i cinder cone.
  • Bring: Water, hat, sunscreen and rain gear. Be prepared for hot, dry, wet, windy weather conditions.

Endangered nēnē (Hawaiian geese) frequent this area. Please use caution when parking. Don't feed the nēnē.

A graphic of a no symbol over a person stacking rocks
Leave rocks in their rightful place.
Park staff may use ahu (stacked rocks) to mark some trails and keep visitors safe. Please do not create new ones. The stacking of rocks can be culturally offensive, disorienting to hikers, and potentially against the law.
Read more about one of the most striking eruptive events of the 20th century

Last updated: June 23, 2020

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