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Devastation Trail

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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Island of Hawaii, HI
+1 808-985-6000
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A good easy short walk

This is definitely a walk that all abilities can do together and it is spectacular to see the... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
BrettClair
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Amazing

easy trail , anybody can do it , it is a dessert created by the lava flow, now after many years the... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Claudio G
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Watchung, New Jersey
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Once a forest, this area is has been completely devastated by the volcanic eruption of 1959.
  • Excellent31%
  • Very good40%
  • Average25%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“cinder cone” (9 reviews)
“parking lot” (12 reviews)
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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Island of Hawaii, HI
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This is definitely a walk that all abilities can do together and it is spectacular to see the devastation the eruption created. It’s a smooth flat path with small slopes up and down.

Thank BrettClair
Reviewed 6 days ago

easy trail , anybody can do it , it is a dessert created by the lava flow, now after many years the plants are starting to grow through the lave, some trees remained dry and burnt as when the event took place, quiet place to...More

Thank Claudio G
Reviewed 1 week ago

By veering off the actual walking paths you can feel the heat of the lava beneath your feet and also see vegetation growing under the most dire looking conditions

Thank F3574CMkathyw
Reviewed 10 November 2017 via mobile

Fascinating trail that shows the effects of the volcano clearly. The birds are more active in the morning and I imagine it could get warm in direct sun so probably better to do early in the day.

Thank rataturium
Reviewed 30 October 2017

Really interesting to see how destructive a volcanic eruption can be. You can see it on television or in print but there's nothing like seeing it in person. This is a short easy walk and educational all at the same time.

Thank AAHolt
Reviewed 21 October 2017

During our visit to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, we did the quick hike along Devastation Trail. This trail allowed us to explore the site of the 1959 eruption of Kīlauea Iki crater. Before the 1959 eruption, Devastation Trail was covered by a dense rain forest....More

2  Thank HOCKPOOH
Reviewed 16 September 2017

Just a short 15-20 minute walk, Devastation Trail is a remarkable example of volcanic destruction. In 1959 the Kilaeua Iki eruption destroyed a forest with tephra lava, gas borne lava from multiple 1900 foot fountains, lava that turns into pumice cinders when it cool. The...More

1  Thank KLE2013
Reviewed 31 August 2017

Devastation trail follows the edge of the destructive path created by a volcano. The trail is paved with asphalt and is an easy walk. There are parking lots at both ends of the trail. Stay on the trail. Do not attempt to walk off the...More

Thank JHMTTL
Reviewed 27 August 2017

Not very informative but an easy paved walk. Still couldn't see any cone trees or dramatic lava evidence. End of trail takes you to beginning of prior stop parking lot. Wouldn't go again. Lava looks like hill of black pee gravel.

Thank Rae Lynn C
Reviewed 18 August 2017

this is a nice hike along the edge of a lava destruction area along with forest and plant life - we enjoyed this hike and would do it again....only negative is that it is a walk from one parking lot to another parking lot so...More

Thank Hibby922
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