Devastation Trail

A man and woman walking on a paved path through a barren landscape covered by cinders
Hikers on Devastation Trail

NPS Photo/J. Wei

Quick Facts

Historical/Interpretive Information/Exhibits, Parking - Auto, Restroom, Scenic View/Photo Spot, Trailhead

The Devastation Trail stretches from the parking lot at the Devastation Trailhead to Puʻupuaʻi Overlook,via a one-mile (1.6 km) round-trip walk on a paved path.

The area was blanketed in cinders from the 1,900-foot tall lava fountains during the 1959 eruption of Kīlauea Iki. The trail provides views of the new cinder cone, Puʻupuaʻi, that developed during the five-week eruption. Stay on the paved trail. Do not climb the cinder cone.

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

Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park

Last updated: May 5, 2021