Devastation Trail – Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Our Volcano Hiking Adventure is one of our most active hiking tours and includes Devastation Trail as well as the Kilauea Iki Trail in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Big Island Hikes describes the trail.

This short paved trail travels for about a half mile over cinders from the violent 1959 eruption ofKīlauea 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).

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.

Gear: Standard hiking gear

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.