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Address: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Island of Hawaii, HI
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Once a forest, this area is has been completely devastated by the volcanic...

Once a forest, this area is has been completely devastated by the volcanic eruption of 1959.

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Devastation trail

About a half mile from Puʻu Puaʻi. It's a bout a 30 minute walk, and you can take a wheel chair or stroller through it It's the site of the 1959 eruption of Kilauea iki.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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Carrollton, Texas
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Boulder, Colorado
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Well, I guess this is just an average devastation trail,although I've not seen another one called this. I do know it doesn't look as cool as I remember it from 30 hrs. ago. It's only a short hike that even children can do, that might make it worthwhile, or not.

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Hamilton, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Exactly as stated above, there really isn't much here (hence, the devestation). Still, it makes a nice short break to stretch those legs.

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Carrollton, Texas
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

About a half mile from Puʻu Puaʻi. It's a bout a 30 minute walk, and you can take a wheel chair or stroller through it It's the site of the 1959 eruption of Kilauea iki.

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Oahu, Hawaii
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Reviewed February 27, 2017

Partway along the trail was closed for the nene (the Hawaiian goose...endangered!) since they were nesting there but I still liked the walk of what we did get to see. I thought it was interesting to see how this landscape different from the other lava landscapes we'd seen so far on the island (not rocky lava...more like lava dunes) and... More 

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Winnipeg, Canada
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Reviewed February 20, 2017 via mobile

This was a big disappointment since the trail was closed for the nene birds. Really windy and not much to see

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Marlborough, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 8, 2017

This trail can be affected by the prevailing wind and other activity in the Park. It captures the effects of the 1959 eruption and is an interesting and not onerous hike. The reason we wanted to review such a relatively small thing was something that happened when we got to the overview ay Puʻu Puaʻi Overlook. Next to the car... More 

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dayton oh
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Reviewed January 11, 2017

Recent activity in the park has resulted in major portions of this trail being marked off limits to tourists.

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Prince George, Canada
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Reviewed January 10, 2017

We did this trail in February 2011. It was one of the easier ones for distance. You hike along areas that have been totally devastated by lava flows and yet tiny sprigs of vegetation can be seen trying to break out and thrive again. The cinder cone is just like the shape of a hill and it too had vegetation... More 

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Richmond Hill, Canada
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Reviewed January 9, 2017

Parking spot near Devastation trail was easy to find.The trail took us about half hour. The trail starts and ends with tropical forest, with devastation hill in the middle. We are amazed to see little plants grow there.

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Reviewed January 4, 2017

Compare to the other walks, this one is a bit below, hence why the rating. However, you can stick to the first section only, take some photos and move on. That way, it'll only take you a few minutes. The end that takes you back to Kilauea iki isn't worth it to me, especially if you're just coming from kilauea

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