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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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Good easy trail best done earlier

Fascinating trail that shows the effects of the volcano clearly. The birds are more active in the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
San Diego
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Take a look at the devastating aftermath of a volcanic eruption

Really interesting to see how destructive a volcanic eruption can be. You can see it on television... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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Once a forest, this area is has been completely devastated by the volcanic eruption of 1959.
  • Excellent30%
  • Very good40%
  • Average26%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Island of Hawaii, HI
+1 808-985-6000
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Reviewed 1 week ago 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 3 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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

Reviewed 15 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 30 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

Reviewed 26 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 17 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
Reviewed 15 August 2017

Devastation Trail just off Crater Rim Drive in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park may be more interesting than either the Thurston Lava Tube or the Sulphur Banks Trail but it is still not very inspiring. Go for a hike somewhere else like the lava ocean entry...More

Thank Jim R
Reviewed 7 August 2017

We loved everything about Hawaii Volcanoes NP! There was something new to see around every corner. We've been to other volcanoes and volcanic areas (St. Helens, Crater Lake, Yellowstone) and each one is different and amazing in it's own way! Hawaii Volcano NP reminded me...More

Thank MammaLax
Reviewed 6 August 2017

The devastation trail was very interesting. Trying to imagine what this appeared like when it was occurring many years prior was thought provoking. It doesn't take long to see from the chain of craters roan and should be a brief stop, unless you hike the...More

Thank Steve N
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