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Volcanoes National Park > Hiking >
Distance: 1 mile (1.6 km) loop / Level: very
easy / Time: 30-45 min.
One of the most photographed areas in the
park, Devastation Trail is a paved path through a forest area that
was devastated by the 1959 Kilauea Iki eruption. Since the last
eruption, Ohia trees and other new vegetation have begun to regenerate
from the ashes. Along the hiking trail, you can find Pele’s
hair, Pele’s tears,
red ohelo berries and tree molds. This fascinating hiking trip
takes about 45 minutes. Begin your hike at the Pu’u Pua’i
Overlook and return by back tracking on the same trail.