Devastation Trail to Pu'u Pua'i Overlook

Volcano, Hawaii

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This is a chance to see how quickly life returns to a devastated landscape after a volcanic eruption. You’ll see some interesting plants and animals along the way too, but the big reward comes at the end of the trail at Pu’u Pua’i Overlook, where you can gaze down onto a partly cooled lake of lava where escaping gasses still puff from cracks in the surface. Almost as soon as you have left the parking lot, the trail splits. The left (northwest) fork goes to Byron Ledge. Your route goes right (north) toward the Pu’u Pua’i Overlook. Nenes (Hawaiian geese) and Kalij pheasants might join you on the path through an ohia lehua forest. Great bundles of aerial roots dangle from their branches, enabling the trees to survive even when they have been partially buried in volcanic ash.

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"This is a chance to see how quickly life returns to a devastated landscape after a volcanic eruption. You’ll see some interesting plants and animals along the way too, but the big reward comes at the end of the trail at Pu’u Pua’i Overlook, where you can gaze down onto a partly cooled lake of lava where escaping gasses still puff from cracks in the surface.

Almost as soon as you have left the parking lot, the trail
splits. The left (northwest) fork goes to Byron Ledge. Your route goes right (north) toward the Pu’u Pua’i Overlook. Nenes (Hawaiian geese) and Kalij pheasants might join you on the path through an ohia lehua forest. Great bundles of aerial roots dangle from their branches, enabling the trees to survive even when they have been partially buried in volcanic ash."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Volcano
Distance: 0.8
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Season: Year-Round
Local Contacts: Hawai'I Volcanoes National Park
Local Maps: USGS Kilauea Crater
Driving Directions: Directions to Devastation Trail to Pu'u Pua'i Overlook

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May 2018