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Beautiful, weather changes quickly! Hiked out with maybe 10ft visibility.

Amazing views. My wife and I loved the ability to make your own hike with the out and back trail. We felt like we were on Mars! Definitely recommend this. Be sure to bring plenty of water if you plan on going further. We opted for a 10 mile hike.

Nice little hike to a nice waterfall. Be prepared to get your shoes wet or to take them off. It gets a little crowded so be there early if you want to avoid people

2 months ago

Short walk, seems to be heavily trafficked. The trail is a dirt road and can get pretty crowded. Bring water shoes or shoes that you don’t mind getting wet, there are a few streams you need to cross. Definitely do not need any hiking gear. Great for families and beginners.

This is a great hike! Be prepared though because it is cold and your hike starts with a 2700' decent to the crater floor at the about 10,000 altitude so the air is thin. Give yourself plenty of time and bring adequate water and snacks. The hike back up can be very strenuous but it is worth the effort!

Tough trail around the hill. Not an easy go up and down and thin in the tougher areas. Must have good boots and pants or you will get torn up.

One of the most environmentally stunning hikes you can do on earth! You feel like you’re on mars, truly, with colours ranging from oranges, blues, purples and pinks mixed with charcoal black underfoot. Descending into the hike is easy...but remember what goes down must come back up and hiking back to the trail head close to 3000 feet is a real bun burner! It’s cold to start because you’re already at 10,000 feet altitude by the time you take your first step so dress in layers that can be gradually taken off, bring water & a few snacks. Not hard per se but just an extra effort to get back up the steady ascent. We’re going back in a few days to take more photos because it’s too good not too! Enjoy!

NOTICE (12/26/2017): the trail access to Ka Lu’u o Ka cinder cone off of sliding sands trail is CLOSED. The sliding sands trail, however, is still open. Trail still offers great panoramic views of the entire hike, but a bit disappointing as there is no access to the cinder cones.

This trail is just AMAZING ! I hiked a lot around the the world , but this trail is the best I have ever done! It was crazy, you have the feeling that you are on the planet Mars!
It was a long hike, 14 miles, and it took me 6,5 hours to do it (with a break of 30 mn). You have to be well-equipped and bring a lot of water (at least 4 liters) and energetic bars because you will need them to go up...
Just do it and enjoy this incredible experience!

Definately not a maintained trail on the beach side for which we came up. The best way to access the top is to take the dirt road about 1/4 mile to the north of the main park entrance road. Park in the small lot by the ocean. Walk back on the road about 100-300 ft or so and access a fairly good trail and keep heading up. It is no longer a loop trail and the ocean side us steep if you decide to complete the loop. Bring your machete! Otherwise just hike in and out from the dirt road.

Magnifique! A ne manquer sous aucun prétexte.
Facile d’un point de vue technique, mais difficile par la longueur.

4 months ago

Hiked this with my wife and kiddos (10, 8, 5yrs) and we loved it. Be sure to go past the 'extreme hiking' gate (assuming you have decent shoes and active wear on - not for flip flops and sweatpants!). There were two water crossings - one ankle deep and one up to my knees that the kids did fine in and it was totally worth the reward of swimming under the waterfall!

be careful which trail you take, don't do the one on the cinder cones exactly (very loose lava rocks that fall on to the beach and overgrown signs warning you). mostly uncovered so be prepared, beautiful views and combo hike/beach area. part of hike is along little beach, be sure to Google that part

That was not a moderate trail and I agree with the previous comment that it was closer to 15 miles. Do not do this trail if you are not experienced, don't have enough water or food, sunscreen, layers and a lot of heart and determination! This was one of the most difficult hikes. It was deceiving going down sliding sands but remember you have to go back up! Oh ya don't wear sneakers! You will really be hurting. And you'll also get dirty. This trip was very secluded and felt like I was on another planet. The old craters like pu u pele is a beautiful sight to see.

My first review, I just could not keep it to myself. Gorgeous hike. I would suggest to check the weather a few days ahead when you are in Maui and decide when exactly you want to go. It may get foggy and in this case you will not see anything. It is very easy and fun walk down hill and may get a little challenging on the way back, but just take your time, it is worth it! We made it back in one hour since took all of the pics on the way down. It definitely seems like you are on another planet. Absolutely unreal. One of the best hikes I have done! I hiked in shorts and sweater, would definitely get cold without it. We were back just in time for sunset on the summit (which is a whole other story).

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7 months ago

fun short trail no gear needed, on the road to Hana, but before it gets sketchy. wonderful flowers along the trail.

Dude. This trail is NOT 12.6 miles long. It's around 15 with the whole loop and back up the mountain. Round trip took my friend and me 7 hours. Luckily it wasn't too hot down in the crater, but plenty of sun. Be sure to bring sunscreen and lots of water! If you're looking for views, I'd recommend just hiking a couple miles down the mountain and back. The whole loop is HARD not moderate. If do take the loop and go clockwise, there's a pretty cool lava tube that you can see, but that was the highlight of the loop. Lots and lots of sand and rocks.

Heads up... the upper area is closed right now due to high water levels.

8 months ago

This was a very easy hike and I do recommend this for beginners. For me this was an easy hike with an amazing reward. The waterfalls are extremely fun to swim in and this place is great for a nice afternoon family hike. The reason why I gave this 4 stars not 5 is because of the crowds (definitely not moderately trafficked) but other than that this was a beautiful hike and recommended it to anyone :)

Super easy with nice waterfall views. The second waterfall is closed though.

8 months ago

Worth going to the top.

8 months ago

Great hike for the whole family!

If you ever have the chance to hike this or even part of this trail, you must! It's definitely one of the most memorable trails I've hiked. If you're an experienced hiker, hike as much of this trail as you have time to hike. If you're not an experienced hiker, at least hike a mile in to experience the trail and take in the amazing views. Wear layers! The elevation will make for a chilly start. It's such an easy hike in, you may forget about the elevation gain on the hike out...it's not an easy hike out, but totally worth it.

Trail has a sign that says it's closed.

So beautiful!!!! We hiked down to the crater floor and also around the rim of the first crater. We then drove up for the sunset which was amazing! The hike back up is pretty rough, but checking out the view when taking breaks makes it worth the trip.

not pet friendly, not kid friendly, not moderate. it was steep, slippery, overgrown. it was an incredible view and the real hikers enjoyed it but it is not for the average person and on a sunny day would be bruttle.

There are a number of short, unnamed trails worth exploring once you get down into the crater. The whole crater is great to explore as a long day hike or starting from the Holea campsite.

This is mislabeled as Easy; some people struggle to get back up to the summit. It's almost 3,000 ft gain in 3 miles.
There are a number of short, unnamed trails worth exploring once you get down into the crater. The whole crater is great to explore as a long day hike or starting from the Holea campsite.

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