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hiking
1 day ago

I’ve done a good number of hikes in my life and this was really up there! Beautiful grand vistas, changing scenery, a good length, and a very satisfying ending!

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.

Great short trail to a beautiful view overlooking the coast. Don’t miss this hike. Bright sun for much of the trail,so be prepared. If it has rained, can be pretty muddy.

Challenging but views are worth it.

hiking
9 days ago

amazing views! a bit muddy/slippery, but worth every step!

hiking
11 days ago

Bring shoes that grip. Muddy trail!

12 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!

hiking
12 days ago

Beautiful views. Well worth the hike. Took me 2.5 hours round trip. In OK shape. I’d rate this as moderate.

This is the place to be for sunrise. Skip the crowds down low at the parking lot and take this short trek to the top instead.

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
13 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!!

Breathtaking views, great workout could be slippery in spots be careful if raining! With the time!

hiking
18 days ago

Awesome trail but not for inexperienced. Pretty steep climb up.

hiking
18 days ago

Great one, do in the nmorning to avoid clouds. Did it for sunrise - turns out the gate is locked until 7 AM, so you'll have to add 0.7 miles x 2. Worth it. Easy to follow and walk, takes about 2 hours (with the extra 1.4 miles)

hiking
18 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.

This way down gives you many trail options once down. It's easy to follow, not very steap, it's all good. Probably easier than by sliding sands. Anyhow, made it all the way to paliku, which is a little more than 20 miles, but the terrain is so easy that it took only about 7-8hours
Try to go on a not rainy day...

Hiked part of this yesterday. Definitely a good idea to wear running shoes or hiking boots. It was also quite windy so my wide brimmed hat was constantly an issue and I had to hold the sides down for most of the hike.
Started off nice and there was some shade but once on the lava part it was hot. We did see some spinner dolphins in the bay when we first started which was awesome. We turned around probably 1/2 way as some other hikers told us the pools were too shallow to snorkel in and the end beach was anti climatic and that they’d lost where the trail went.
Did see wild goats several times on the lava fields as well as remanants of ancient Hawaiian civilizations. .
All in all had fun at a slow pace and not sorry we turned around.

on Sliding Sands Trail

hiking
20 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 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!

Great views. Start early.

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.

hiking
25 days ago

Took my group about a hour to get up. Trail is rated moderate but I would give it somewhere between moderate and difficult if doing it in hot conditions. Quite a bit of elevation gain, slippery in areas, and we sweated the whole way up. Nice views on the way though!

hiking
25 days ago

We went two days ago, it’s a beautiful hike with so many different views but when we went it was SO muddy, definitely don’t wear your nicest shoes or clothes, most people coming down had fallen at least once! Have done this hike a few years ago though and it was dried up, we had no problems so I guess it just depends on the weather!

hiking
26 days ago

We took our 5 and 8 year old up this. It was definitely the most challenging hike we've done with them. Straight up a decent climb right away. It was a hot, clear day and the trail gets baking hot once you leave the first bit of forested area (about the first 1-1.5km or so) - bring lots of water. If bringing kids, also pack tons of snacks because you'll be bribing them a lot to keep going (or piggy backing, like me - which makes for an extra good workout). Despite the dry day, it was still very muddy, which can be fun or disastrous for the kiddos. We got lucky with the clouds and didn't get rained on, but it was a slippery slog.

All in all, a great way to add some variety to a week of beach hopping and over eating :)

hiking
26 days ago

A great hike to get out and see the scenery in Maui and get a good workout in!! Such awesome views! trail was very very muddy, make sure you wear good shoes (not sandals!) and clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. The road up is narrow, and the parking lot fills quickly. We were there at 7am and were the first there, took us 3.5 hours to complete the hike and the parking lot was packed when we left. There is overflow parking as well though! If you have hiking poles, they’d be super helpful. Would definitely recommend!!

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.

If you come to Maui and are looking for a fun and athletic activity — do this hike! My girlfriends and I had such a fun time taking in all of the different views. Come ready for a workout and wear good shoes.

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