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Devastation Trail

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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Island of Hawaii, HI
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Vivid example of volcanic destruction

Just a short 15-20 minute walk, Devastation Trail is a remarkable example of volcanic destruction... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Centreville, Virginia
Gaze at Mother Natures destructive power

Devastation trail follows the edge of the destructive path created by a volcano. The trail is paved... read more

Reviewed 30 August 2017
Woodbine, Maryland
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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
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

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
Reviewed 2 August 2017 via mobile

Easy and hot trail that is very, very cool. Pretty barren landscape. Great contrasts. Take water and wear some sunscreen as little cover.

Thank mdgipsy
Reviewed 20 July 2017

Wow it's amazing to see and its aptly named. We were lucky to see to native nene geese on the trip as well

Thank Rebr_11
Reviewed 10 July 2017

This hike in Volcano National Park is about a mile in each direction. It is quite easy to do and is paved. The view is well worth it.

Thank brentc39
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