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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
2 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
2 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.

The entrance is a small hole in the vegetation. Very muddy and very steep: not recomanded in rubber slipper. Pretty.

hiking
3 days ago

Easy. Nice

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.

Super easy, but with great views. A must if you are in the area.

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.

Solid, beautiful, easy if ya want or it can challenge you. My Uncle Tom tells me to this day that he calls this trail pumpkin pie, cause it’s always so sweet.

Very cool spot with several natural pools. We did not go down to the pools, just stood above at the look out. The signs before going down made us a bit frightened to try and venture down there but there were several people down there you just have to be smart. It switchbacks down the mountain to get to the pools. Very rocky, wear hiking shoes/boots

Great spot near Lahaina! The blowhole is really cool and there’s a heart shaped rock down near the blowhole to get photos with. Very cool! I saw a lot of people wearing flip flops. I would highly recommend wearing tennis shoes or hiking shoes/boots as there’s no “trail”. It’s just pathways with rocks and down toward the blowhole the rocks get wet and are very slippery!!! Pretty steep going back up as well. Spectacular views!! Try to get there early as this is probably the most popular spot along this highway. We got there around 8am and it was perfect, by the time we left around 10am the place was packed and no parking available!

Beautiful and worth going.

Nice little trail, steep and rocky but easy enough to navigate even in sandles. Try the coconut water from the guy selling at the top delicious and refreshing. Blowhole and heart shaped gap in the rocks is cool for pictures. High tide is best for seeing the blow hole

Make sure not to get to the park before 7am! You need a reservation prior to that I didn’t know and waited outside. Also if you want to do the 11 mile loop which I highly recommend park at the Halemau’u Trailhead / Hitchhiker Parking and get a ride up to the Sliding Sands Trailhead. Otherwise you’ll have to get a ride back up.
The hike itself was pretty easy, only the way up Halemau’u was a little intense. I was able to run a lot of it and did it in just under 3:30. If you’ve hiked Bright Angel this is much easier.

Special trail. So glad we did it

There are literally no words to describe the views. To try would be an insult.

hiking
16 days ago

Beatiful scenery. Very easy. Muddy because of the rain last night but since it is rather flat, it was not realy sliding.

hiking
16 days ago

Wonderful. Steep but easy.

Nice little hike. Getting up and down is not challenging, but it is not for people in sandals either. Bring a camera and RESPECT THE SAFETY SIGNS.

Get there early (before 9) to beat the crowds. Would recommend tennis shoes the trail was wet and steeper than I had expected with sharp rocks.

So fun! So worth the end the heart is almost to the bottom. I suggest if your going with someone let It be a surprise. My husband and I thought it was in a different hike and it was such a fun surprise!

It's okay, that's how I can honestly best describe it. Not many good views and very short. You're better off doing this loop and then going to the Pipwai trail for a better hike. Pools are closed to swimming as well, so unless they open it back up, don't even think about that.

Getting to the overlook is pretty easy and doesn't take long. Very beautiful views along the way, almost like in a movie! Heading down can be tricky when wet, so be careful. I can't say what the climb up is like, since my wife and I went into the crater and up the Sliding Sands trail instead.

hiking
26 days ago

They are not lying when they say it's hard! My wife and I hiked down the Halemau'u trail and cut over to Sliding Sands and hiked up. I can tell you it was extremely difficult for us ascending the 3000 feet, but the views were absolutely breathtaking! Inside the crater feels like you're on another planet like Mars or something! Your mileage will definitely vary depending on your fitness, which may be why it was difficult for us since we aren't in fantastic shape. Take a lot of water and snacks, you will need breaks!

Love love LOVE going down to the mermaid pools!
It’s a nice place to swim if the tide is low, don’t get in if the waves are big or if any sets are rolling in- it can be SUPER dangerous.

The blowhole is amazing when the tide is up. The mile trail from mile marker 38 is great. As you get close to the shore you feel like you’re on another planet. Don’t miss doing this trail. Wear good shoes.

Hard to follow trail but we made it to the falls. We were unfortunately caught in some intense rain and so it was very slippery.

hiking
1 month ago

Very pretty scenery. Light traffic compared to other trails nearby. No complaints.

Lots of bugs ...

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