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“silent & stark” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Devastation Trail

Devastation Trail
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Island of Hawaii, HI
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Scenic Drives
Activities: Hiking, Walking, Driving
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Owner description: Once a forest, this area is has been completely devastated by the volcanic eruption of 1959.
Volcano, Hawaii
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“silent & stark”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

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!

Visited April 2013
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“Easy hike, great vue”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2013

Easy hike, and felt on another planet. Really beautiful ! Not to be missed when you to the Chain of Craters.

Visited April 2013
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North Bend, Oregon
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“Easy to walk”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013

We liked looking at the moonscape-like environment - an easy walk on a paved trail. One could park at one end and have someone pick you up at the other parking lot but it's not a bad walk both ways.

Visited April 2013
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New York City, New York
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“Great overlook to crater”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

We did not do much research before coming to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. This was the first trail we took. Although the trail itself was a little disappointing (i.e. not challenging) the overlook of the crater at the end was kind of incredible, especially since we saw all the hikers walking across the solidified grounds.

Visited March 2013
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Northern California
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“Eerie, but interesting.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013

Really gives you a picture of how natural devastation can be. Amazing views, so desolate, yet has an eerie sense of beauty. You will come away from Devastation Trail with an understanding of the forces of nature and how it affects the future. Must see in HVNP.

Visited March 2013
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