Devastation TrailDevastation Trail

Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park

"Most of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park remains closed due to increased and damaging earthquakes, corrosive volcanic ash, and continuing explosions from Halema‘uma‘u, the summit crater of Kīlauea Volcano." Read More from the National Parks Service.

Round Trip Mileage:  1 mile

Elevation Gain: 50'


Gear: Standard hiking gear

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Fee: $25 per car, $20 per motorcycle, or $12 per pedestrian/bicycle

Map: Topographical Map of Devastation Trail

Overview: This short paved trail travels for about a half mile over cinders from the violent 1959 eruption of Kīlauea Iki. This hike is interesting because it shows how the flora is rapidly reclaiming the lava destruction. You can also find interesting lava features like spatter effects, and Pele’s tears and hair (small glasslike lava and threadlike lava).

Big Island Hikes has other hikes from this trailhead. See Keanakākoʻi Crater and The Byron Ledge Trail.

Hiking the Devastation Trail

Getting to the Trailhead: Find the entrance to Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park a few miles to the west of the town of Volcano Village. Pass through the entrance and drive straight ahead for less than 100 feet and turn left onto Crater Rim Drive. Follow Crater Rim drive until it intersects Chain of Craters Road. Do not take Chain of Craters Road - Turn right and park at the Devastation Trail parking area.

The Hike: From the Devastation Trail parking area, walk to the north side of the lot and find the Devastation Trail. This paved trail goes for 1/2 mile to the edge of Kīlauea Iki Crater and the site of the 1959 eruption, Pu'u Puai. Return the way you came.