Devastation Trail

activities / Hiking & trekking

Devastation Trail information

Only half a mile long, this paved, wheelchair-accessible trail offers fantastic views of Mauna Loa looming over the sulfur-encrusted caldera. The 1959 eruption of Kilauea Iki toasted this rainforest, leaving trees dead, stripped bare and sun-bleached white, along with tree molds and scars of ashen gray and black dirt. Now ohia trees, ʻohelo shrubs and ferns are colonizing the area anew.

The prominent cinder cone you'll see along the way is Puʻu Puaʻi (Gushing Hill), formed during the eruption. You can start the trail from either end, at the Puʻu Puai Overlook parking lot or the Devastation Trail parking area further west, where Crater Rim Dr turns south.