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.
The View of the falls and the polls are beautiful. It looks just like the postcard and that's as close as you're going to get. You need to realize the US park service has closed pools to the public so you can only look, no touching the water. They do not allow you access to the pools any longer, so you may as well save the $20 entry fee and go to the beach and read about it.
Amazing! Come prepared - hiking sticks a must! Rain poncho a must!!! Solid shoes a must!!! Bring water snacks. Not for kids. It will rain no more like pour - flash floods will happen. Very slippery did I say slippery! Muddy and wet. It's magically seems too good to be true. Go early in the day. It's worth the drive - amazing!!! Bucket list item.
One of the best things we did in Maui! Be VERY careful it is raining... tourists are rescued from this trail when they underestimate the weather and decide to still hike even when it is pouring down rain. The trail can and will flood. The bamboo forest was my favorite part... I would have stayed there all day.
I don't know why this trail is rated as hard. I would say easy, moderate at worst. I did the trail in flip flops, and didn't bring water...so the rating should be changed. Most of the elevation gain is done via stairs, so there was no issue with me having forgot my sneakers. Anyone can do this trail. Bring bug bands or bug spray. Good photo ops along the trail.