Explore cinder cones and old lava flows from within Haleakala, possibly the largest dormant volcano on the planet. Formed by erosion rather than volcanic activity, the valley at the summit of Haleakala boasts much to marvel at and the packed cinder and soil underfoot makes for a relatively easy hike. Here you'll find the silversword, an endangered plant found nowhere else on Earth with an alien appearance that compounds the other-worldly appearance of this remote location. Ascending and looping up the mountain, the road to Haleakala National Park is equally spectacular, climbing through the clouds to the summit. Watch out for tour groups of cyclists on this road who freewheel down the mountain. These popular tours begin in the early hours of the morning so they can witness the sunrise over the island from the summit before they begin their two-wheeled kamikaze return back down the volcano.
Like hiking on the moon, you can go down as far as you like, just be aware if you go down for 2 hours, it will take 3-4 hours to get back up. Take water as the wind and dry conditions will dry you out. Plenty to explore and see; this is the hike to take on Haleakala. You may encounter some horse droppings, only con about the trail. This one is not to miss.
This is a nice hike. That being said, it is a solid 4 miles, not 3.5 as the app says. Make sure to get there with enough sunlight left. It's going to take you at least an hour to get to the falls if you are stopping to occasionally take pics, then there is the hike back. Bamboo forest is cool but I would say that it doesn't compare to Manoa falls in Oahu. At the end of the trail is a large, very tall, waterfall which is a great site. Signs are posted not to go further but we did see an occasional person go and swim in the pool.
Be sure to bring water and stay hydrated. It is mostly up hill/up stairs for most of the way there. There are steps, steps, and then more steps.
After taking the Sliding Sands Trail and Crater trail to just above the crater floor, and trudging back up, we stopped at the Leleiwi Overlook driving down for an overview of what we hiked. This area is so surreal, especially when clouds and sunshine roll in. Great views for little effort - definitely worth a stop.
Did this yesterday. The hike up took us an hour and 20 minutes because we stopped to look around and take photos. Coming back down was about 40 minutes. It's a very easy hike and worthwhile. The bamboo forest was a beautiful sight. You will get attacked by mosquitoes though!!
Hiked from the summit to Paliku campsite, then from Paliku to Holua Campsite, where we hit the silvers silversword loop. The silverswords bloom over the summer I think, we didn't see many in bloom just before New Years. The views are amazing, there's flat volcanic paths that make you think you're on Mars to sandy paths with great views. I felt like around every bend the trail got better, and the diversity in such a surreal place was incredible. This is definitely a unique landscape that you need to check out.
This trail was absolutely breathtaking. After arriving at the summit the views are awesome, and going into the crater has you feeling like you're on Mars. The temperature was cold at the summit, probably around 45 degrees, compared to 75 at sea level. We backpacked in for a 3 day trip, and keep in mind if you do to be prepared for cold weather and rain. Like I mean it gets cold at night, we experienced temps in the 30s, which was surprising. But this initial trail was great going down, but difficult if you go back up. Pack plenty of water. I've hiked many places and this was one of the most surreal environments I've experienced. If you have the chance DO IT, you won't regret it.