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trail running
no shade
rocky
18 hours ago

Perfect for trail runners who are looking for some Good climb and technical downhill

hiking
1 day ago

Amazing amazing trail! It’s hard to describe unless you’ve done it. As others have said, be sure to bring plenty of water as you’re in the sun and it gets hot fast. If you do an out and back, leave extra time for the climb back up. The views and silence in the crater are out of the world.

Really nice views and good workout, would definitely not recommend doing it on a rainy day.

Going down was delightful. It’s as close to silence as few of us are fortunate to hear. For our hike it was clear and sunny, but I’ve seen it clouded out before.

The way up felt like work, but is accessible to anyone willing to take breathing breaks.

Shoes or boots encouraged for this. You're going down a steep worn dirt path with some rocks along the way. Jagged rocks, not really the kind you want to hold for support or brush against. Must get to the bottom though, it is otherworldly. The rock formations are so cool, massive lava field that looks like it could be the scene of a sci-fi movie. Oh, and there is a blowhole!

You can walk either on beaches or in front of private property on the ocean (makai) side where signs are usually posted. Some areas have no signs, but you can walk through to the next beach regardless. Be responsible and respectful, people live here. I like to pick up trash both on the beach and along pathways to show my appreciation and share good vibes

hiking
11 days ago

Super short hike down to the blowhole. I knocked off a star because of how incredibly crowded it was. I would advise hiking boots or at the very least tennis shoes, but you will see people venturing down in flip flops. Be prepared to have a few heart attacks watching children haul ass down the rocks while they're parents meander their way down, oblivious to the danger the surroundings present to their kids.

Spectacular hike! I loved every minute of it. The views are breathtaking and the silence was golden. I was the only person in site for 90% of the hike.

The blow hole is big and fun! Short hike and a neat thing to see, but there are other places that are 5 star.

13 days ago

I hiked it but I also rode it- pure magic on a clear day you can see big island from the top

Bring water and wear sun screen!

Beautiful Views! Easy walk to scenic lookout.

Loved this trail but did sliding sands to halema'u trail and hitchhiked back up. it's a long 11 miles but amazing and ever changing terrain. I did the sliding sands down and back up last time and it was extremely difficult due to the altitude between 9,000 and 10,000 feet. Finished sliding sands > halema'u in about 6 hours while taking a decent amount of breaks.

on Polipoli Trail

hiking
15 days ago

This is a really interesting hike because it takes you through so many different types of forest. We also saw a pig! A little bit of mud but easily done in low-top hiking shoes. We went in afternoon so fog was in but I’m not sure you’d get huge views anyway as I think it’s trees in most of the time. Really enjoyed it!!

hiking
20 days ago

Nice one. There are several options while down in the crater, you can adjust based on weather and you fitness level. Terrain is VERY easy, so you might end up doing more miles than you think.

Nice one. There are several options while down in the crater, you can adjust based on weather and you fitness level. Terrain is VERY easy, so you might end up doing more miles than you think.

hiking
20 days ago

Nice one! Terrain is very easy, so you'll do more mileage than you might be used to

This is really short, almost too short to be called a hike, and you can do it in flip flops... but it’s incredible! The landscape is rough and rocky (what I imagine Mars is like)... at one point I brushed up against a rock and it was a good thing I was wearing pants because it would’ve been a cut up leg. We ventured down to heart rock and got some awesome shots of the rock & blowhole. People... please pay attention to the warnings... the blowhole is dangerous and can suck you in and you probably won’t survive. There was a kid there that stuck his head in and all I could do was pray for him.

on Sliding Sands Trail

hiking
22 days ago

The Haleakalā Visitor Center is not open due to the government shut down. However, the bus/tour companies pay for a ranger to open the bathrooms so those are available, even if you make the trip yourself.

I agree with many of the other reviews: there is no shade so bring sunscreen and lots of water. It was sunny when we were there but the wind can make it cold. Check the weather before you go. We were comfortable wearing pants, long sleeved shirts, and brought a fleece jacket to wear as needed.

Amazing views throughout- I’ve never seen anything like it! We did 2.5 miles out and then came back and then 2 miles out and back on the Halemau'u Trail so that we could see both sides of the crater without having to hitchhike. Coming back on Sliding Sands was much more difficult due to the incline and the altitude. We saw several people running on the trail as well as families with children who looked as young as 13 and parents with younger children in carriers.

My mother would not let me get too close, and by that I mean we were a solid 2 football fields away from the blowhole. But besides overprotective mothers, this is a must do! I recommend no children, as it is a pretty steep climb down nothing but rocks. Also I saw some kids about 50 ft away from the hole itself, and I will not lie, I was kinda freaking out. Super dangerous. Still, it is beautiful, and you should do it!!!!!!!

Steep at first then very flat and easy, short trail. Great views feels like you are walking on mars or another planet! Blowhole is cool too

My first hike ever in Hi & it didn’t disappoint! I loved the green moss and the trees and the lava tubes. There is a pretty steep climb down (& back up) so I wouldn’t recommend this for little kids. The trail is only about 2 ft wide & drops off. You follow a series of switchbacks to the bottom where there are several tubes and water trickling down the sides of the rock. We even had a rooster friend at the bottom... this is a fun, quick hike that burns those thighs!

The views were magnificent from the top. The trail was difficult to navigate as it isn’t clearly marked and we ended up hiking through the brush like a mountain goat. Also a note for families this trail goes right through Little Beach which is a clothes optional beach. The kids got an education I wasn’t planning on today

Very fun but very crowded.

I was just unlucky... it was a very wet and cold throughout. We didn’t have any view at all :( We didn’t complete the trail, walked 4 miles and returned. We met only a few people and most walked back at 2.5 mile mark. In a few rare moments that it was raining, the scenery looked very interesting. I’ll do it again if I have chance.

Rocky area, but easy for almost everyone. Definitely recommend going early. Gets pretty crowded even at 9am

mountain biking
1 month ago

Beautiful! Went to the top. Can see the island of Hawaii once you get closer to the summit.

mountain biking
1 month ago

Great!

Highly recommend parking at the Halemauu trailhead, hitchhiking up, and doing the sliding sands-halemauu loop. Epic hike. Unique terrain that you cannot experience in very many places on earth. 11.3 miles. Tiring day, but well worth it.

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