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Devastation Trail

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 3.3 (6)

A leisurely path through an area that was devastated by the 1959 eruption.


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0.5

Miles

0.9

KM

Point to Point

3,758' 1,146 m

High

3,710' 1,131 m

Low

81' 25 m

Up

37' 11 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

17%

Max Grade (9°)

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Features Birding · Views · Wildlife

Family Friendly This is a wheelchair and stroller accessible path with stunning views and a cool backstory!

Endangered nn (Hawaiian geese) frequent this area. Please use caution when parking. Don't feed the nn. Stay on the paved trail. Do not climb the Puu Puai cinder cone.

Description

This is an easy, stroller and wheelchair accessible paved path through a starkly beautiful recovering landscape that was buried by falling cinder from the spectacular lava fountains of the 1959 Klauea Iki eruption. It is interesting to see life recover in this once completely devastated space.

Access the trail from either the Pu'u Pua'i parking lot or the Devastation Trail parking lot, both of which are located off of Crater Rim Drive. Be sure to bring all of the necessities: water, sunscreen, hat, and possibly rain gear. Be prepared for all types of weather conditions from sunny and scorching to damp and windy.

Flora & Fauna

Although this area was completely destroyed during the 1959 eruption when it was buried in cinder, life is nevertheless regaining hold on the foreboding landscape.

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Brian Smith

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Devastation Trail
Sep 17, 2015 near Volcano, HI
Devastation Trail--Volcanoes National Park
Sep 17, 2015 near Volcano, HI

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Mar 5, 2022
Belinda Le
Aug 5, 2021
Karuna Venter
Pu'u Pua'i cinder cone and overlooking the Kīlauea Iki Crater's lava lake — 1h 04m
Jan 28, 2021
Tom Herr
Easy paved trail going by 1959 eruption that devastated nearby road. 0.5mi
Oct 28, 2018
Steve Jaccino
1mi
Oct 28, 2018
Jodi K
Rain and mist
Oct 6, 2018
Scott Thompson
Apr 12, 2018
timothy roach
Feb 22, 2018
John Hagerty
1mi