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hiking
6 hours 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!

Beautiful and easy trail!

What you should know:
Trail starts at the very worn path next to, or maybe on, private property.
Narrow trail along a cliff.
Unofficial nude beach at the end.

If you're accepting of those 3 things then you are in for a real treat. The water against the red beach and vibrant jungle is stunning. Protected little cove with no waves.

We brought our 5 year old with us. Held his hand the whole time. The end was a little sketchy but the beach was in sight, so we slowed down for that 50 foot section. He thought the beach was so cool and was excited to jump in the water. He could've cared less about the nude guy and topless girl.

hiking
21 hours ago

Don’t miss out on the Falls of Makahiku. There’s a closed trail sign and a fence to slip though but the view is lovely. Despite two days of rain, the trail was barely muddy. Excellent hike.

hiking
2 days ago

This is a nice trail that begins on private property. One pretty waterfall at the end. Not very challenging.

hiking
bugs
3 days ago

Great family hike! I’ve heard that this hike is super busy, but we didn’t experience that at all. I think the key is to go later in the day, to avoid everyone starting their excursions on the road to Hana. We got there around 330 pm and only saw a handful of people. We were totally alone at the 2nd waterfall and didn’t see a single person on our way back down. The 1st waterfall is super close. If you want to do the 2nd one, you’ll have to go through a gate which has a bunch of signs talking about how dangerous it is, and how it is for experienced hikers only. It wasn’t at all difficult for my kids. I think they have them up to make sure people are being cautious. I could see it being intense if there had recently been a lot of rain or something, but it was really quite mild when we went. Beautiful trail. Breathtaking waterfall!

hiking
off trail
private property
3 days ago

The beach was great however the trail map goes through a private property I couldn’t access. It’s easy enough to go around. Be weary of doing this in flat soles or sandals. The ground is very smooth and next to a cliff for much of the path.

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.

Extremely easy trail that gives your beautiful views of the valley. Amazing piece of nature. Free parking along the side of the road before the lot and a couple hundred stairs and you are at the top!

Challenging but views are worth it.

hiking
7 days ago

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

This trail is wild. Once you get past the tourists at the black sand beach, keep going on the trail. At some point the trail transitions to volcanic rock. Like, you're literally walking on rocks, the only way you can tell that it's a trail is because the black rocks are slightly less black (can't even call them gray tbh). Don't fall. You'll get cut up. The views along the way are gorgeous. We lost and picked up the trail a few times. Eventually turned back due to time constraints, but felt like we could keep trekking along the coast. Moderate rating due to uneasy footing. Easy rating based on elevation.

hiking
8 days ago

When we hiked the trail, it was fairly dry, so I would rate this as an easy hike rather than moderate based solely on those conditions. The bamboo forest was absolutely my favorite part of the hike. Hearing the bamboo stalks knock together with the breeze was really cool. The banyan tree was also really beautiful! If there's no risk of a flash flood you can get closer to the waterfall, but beware there are fines if you get too close!

hiking
10 days ago

Bring shoes that grip. Muddy trail!

10 days ago

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

hiking
11 days ago

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

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
12 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!

14 days ago

Moderate difficulty. Lots of steps. Bring plenty of water and some snacks. It’s helpful if you have hiking boots for the mud and the hike down afterwards to protect those toenails! About 3 hours round trip. Well worth it, but stick to the trail.

This is an easy small trail for the entire family to see a few of the pools and the ocean. The good news is that the park is open and the bathrooms are working.even though the federal government is shut down. The bad news is that the trail to the pools is closed. Some people have found a way to get down there however, but you do so at your own risk. There are lots of reminders about flash floods and falling. Stick to the trail is the motto here. We came in the back way from piilani highway which was a nice route without any traffic. A little bumpy in spots but driveable. From there we continued into Hana and all the way around the other end of the north side of the island. Leave early as there is a lot to see.

Had a bad experience here. It was incredibly muddy which shouldn’t affect my rating much because it obviously is weather-dependent and depends on the time of year but the trail just wasn’t well-maintained. We had to climb over big trees and were dirty when we finished. There weren’t any worthwhile views either (did we miss something?)

hiking
17 days ago

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

hiking
17 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
17 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.

hiking
17 days ago

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

hiking
17 days ago

I wouldn't make a detour to go there...

on Sliding Sands Trail

hiking
19 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.

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