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7 hours ago

Did this hike in May2018-Hiked down to the floor of the crater, which took hours, but isn’t the full 11 miles like this hike says. Didn’t see a point in walking to a hut since we were doing out and back to our rental car. The trek was difficult on the way up, but the alternating views between clouds was well worth the sweat + effort !

very nice hike, the hike keeps on giving with the bamboo forest and waterfall at the end

Steep but short scree trail to a wonderful view. With the blowhole on your left, look right for the Maui Heart.

Great "off the beaten path" spot for cliff jumping.

hiking
4 days ago

A stunning hike. Parking is $25 (credit card only) but that buys you a three day pass to Haleakalā National Park, including the summit. If you have a National park pass or military ID, bring it for free admission. We arrived by around 12:00 and seemed to have beaten the crowd. The lot was packed by the time we were heading out, and the trail seemed to be getting pretty congested on the way down. After passing one dry waterfall half way in, we were worried that the higher falls would be dry also. They were not. Keep going — it’s worth it.

Given that we’ve heard this was one of the “must see” sights in Maui, it was a bit shy of a 5 star experience. This loop is short and flat, but it is beautiful. In any other locale, it would be stunning. It’s currently $25 for vehicle parking (credit card only), but that buys you a three-day pass for Haleakalā National Park, including the summit area. If you have a national park pass, don’t leave it in your hotel.

great hike; weather and temperatures can change very quickly; be prepared.

Love this trail..... panoramic ocean views for most of it.... Great rocky climb.... 1500 ft elevation gain in a mere 2.35 miles.... I do it in trail runners no prob.... you may wanna utilize a more substantial boot however

Hard core bouldering. Did okay with my heavy treaded vibram five’s. started about 7:30am which gave the ascent some good shade. glad i did, the decent back to the car was hot as sh!t. Enjoying a cider from maui brewing after. Amazing hike.

hiking
14 days ago

Short hike down to the blowhole with some fun scrambling in locations. Very unique natural attraction!

15 days ago

Not sure I would qualify this as a hike. interesting little valley with some interesting history. A good quick stop on your way to/from somewhere. Warning, parking fees in effect unless you can park along the toad. before you enter the site.

hiking
15 days ago

Beautiful and well worth the time.

My daughter and I are experienced but slow hikers. It took us about 7 hours to hike down the crater, out to the first cabin at Kapalaoa, and then back. The hike is easy out and hard back with the incline, but very worth it. It has amazing views and unique terrain.

One of the best hikes in Maui! Go past the sign and go all the way to the fall! Completely worth it!

Hard hike, lots of rock climbing and no shade. Nice view of water but no big view when you get to top. Bring lots of water!!! We ran out

hiking
21 days ago

We went this trail when it was raining a lot but it was still very beautiful trail! There are few waterfalls along the way, you go through bamboo forest and there is so big and beuatiful tree on the way! The waterfall in the end is huge and amazing. Definitely worth it!

hiking
21 days ago

Beaufiul cost where you can find your own pool to swim in. Definitely worth it!

Almost made it all the way. It was a great hike. Definitely needs to be done in the early morning. Loved seeing the windmills so close. If we was here longer I’d do it again and make it all the way

walking
22 days ago

Super short and easy paved trail. Drive to the park is scenic. Parking costs $5. Park just outside the gates to save cash. Iao needle is pretty neat and the creek is cool as well. Good for a short little visit.

Thank you to many who posted about this hike. I had picked a different hike, woke at 2:00 am. Read your reviews. We woke in the morning and I told my wife ,”Change of plans!! This was by far the best hike we have done ... the bamboo, ponds waterfalls EVERYTHING!! ALL TRAILS best app I have. We live in Vancouver BC use it there all the time. Been to Australia, used it there. Been to Indonesia, Bali and yup!! Used it there In New Zealand, used it to hike Rangitoto Island. We took trails no one else knew about (on that day)
Thank you all keep posting. People read and make decision based on your feed back !!!

great unique lava water ledge hike to an amazing blowhole and cool heart shaped lookthrough

I think it’s a very nice and short one. Easy to take good pictures. No need to bring water or snacks just your phone is required. I even saw people wearing sandals on the trail. Just come and spend 1 hour and it’s worth it!

hiking
28 days ago

My friend and I were pretty out of shape when we attempted sliding sands - we went in for about 2 miles and headed back because we knew that's all we could handle. Being in high altitude and very dry, it was hard to catch my breath and it hurt to open my eyes for more than a few seconds.
Driving up to the trailhead and back is another form of exhaustion (more mental than physical). I would recommend parking at Halemau'u and hitch up to sliding sands just to avoid having to drive all the way down, esp if you or passengers get carsick.
Sliding sands is truly unique for many reasons. One is the surreal landscape, but you also want to keep an eye out for Nene geese and the Chukar partridge. First one is very territorial whereas the latter will let you take its picture from close.

hiking
28 days ago

We started much later than everyone else normally would (around 12:15pm) and got back around 5:30pm right before sunset. We stopped a ton to take pictures and sat down for about 15 minutes at the first hut. If you’re on a mission and in decent shape you can probably do this trail in under 5 hours. The views are amazing the whole way and the landscape is surreal. If you don’t want to do the whole 11.6 mile round trip you can walk out a mile or two and still see some beautiful scenery.

The trail is sandy and some areas are rocky and slippery but most people shouldn’t have a problem. The uphill climb back to the top was definitely challenging because of the elevation and because we were in the afternoon sun. It was a bright sunny day so there was zero shade. If you’re hiking on a clear day bring lots of water, sunscreen and a hat.

Great Hike with views the entire way. A comfortable 3 hours. Recommend starting in the early morning hours to beat the sun. You are exposed the entire time. We took 2 16oz water bottles and was plenty for us.

Views are ok, being up next to the windmills was unique. The hike is very exposed, no shade. If a hot day take a lot of water, and start early. The hard rating is because it gains 1,500 in two miles, and the heat/exposure. Glad I did it, but no real reason to do it again in the future.

Definitely not the easiest scramble down and up. But the pools are amazing to swim in. The views are great as well. But, the suggestion about high tides is probably a good one. Having the waves crash just a few feet away was really cool, but you definitely do not want to get caught by one.

Fairly easy rock hoping to get down and up, kids and seniors were n the trail. So, yes pretty easy. The blow hole and heart rock were cool to see, the heart rock was smaller than I thought. The blow hole is pretty easy to get great pics with.

You can’t get better views

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