Thurston Lava Tube Trail

Hilo, Hawaii 96721

Thurston Lava Tube Trail

Thurston Lava Tube Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This mini-adventure through a huge lava tube and its surrounding rainforest is both pretty and geologically interesting. Better still, it’s not much longer than its name. Walk across the parking lot toward the bare hump of Puu Puai to a superb viewpoint high on Kilauea Iki’s south rim. (If you go no farther than this, it’s still worthwhile!)

Now backtrack a little to pick up the boardwalk of the Devastation Trail. On the boardwalk, you pass through a seemingly unscathed ohia forest and then abruptly enter a world of cinders. Where all was death and destruction over 30 years ago, a new forest now grows, and the dead-white remains of the old one lie on the ground, furred with moss. Descending gently, you pass through the still-bare area. It is distressing to see that aliens like blackberry and a redand- pink ground cover have established themselves so firmly."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
50 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
10-15 minutes
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
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USGS Volcano
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