Once you get to the cinder cone portion of Devastation Trail, you will hear silence and see a very stark landscape. Not much has grown back in the years since the eruption destroyed everything in its path. It's not a long walk, and for your own safety, stay on the boardwalk & paved path. Watch for lava tree molds in the "forest" portion of the trail. There are plenty of them, but if you don't know what to look for, you might miss them. If you are traveling with kids, DO NOT allow them to ride bikes or use skateborads on the paths. We saw one 10 year old boy go flying off his bike & slam his head into the lava rocks. It is not easy for EMS to access the area. By the time they got there from KMC, hiked in, assessed his condition, & got him to the waiting ambulance in the parking lot, it was nearly an hour. So, watch the kids and don't be foolish!
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