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Best trails in Haleakala National Park, Hawaii

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Looking for a great trail in Haleakala National Park, Maui? AllTrails has 17 great hiking trails, views trails, dogs no trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Gearing up for a challenge? There are 9 hard trails in Haleakala National Park ranging from 7.6 to 69.4 miles and from 52 to 10,085 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

Explore cinder cones and old lava flows from within Haleakala, possibly the largest dormant volcano on the planet. Formed by erosion rather than volcanic activity, the valley at the summit of Haleakala boasts much to marvel at and the packed cinder and soil underfoot makes for a relatively easy hike. Here you'll find the silversword, an endangered plant found nowhere else on Earth with an alien appearance that compounds the other-worldly appearance of this remote location. Ascending and looping up the mountain, the road to Haleakala National Park is equally spectacular, climbing through the clouds to the summit. Watch out for tour groups of cyclists on this road who freewheel down the mountain. These popular tours begin in the early hours of the morning so they can witness the sunrise over the island from the summit before they begin their two-wheeled kamikaze return back down the volcano. The park is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, except during severe weather closures, and limited staffing situations. For visitor center hours, see here: https://www.nps.gov/hale/planyourvisit/hours.htm DAILY PASSES Daily passes are non-transferable and are valid for 3 days including the date of purchase. Private Vehicle: $30. Valid for 3 days. Admits private, non-commercial vehicle (14 max capacity or less) and all occupants to Haleakalā National Park including both the Summit and Kīpahulu Areas. Motorcycle: $25. Valid for 3 days. Admits a private, non-commercial motorcycle to Haleakalā National Park including both the Summit and Kīpahulu Areas. Per Person: $15. Valid for 3 days. Admits one individual with no car to Haleakalā National Park including both the Summit and Kīpahulu Areas - typically used for bicyclists, hikers and pedestrians. Youth 15 and under are admitted free. Commercial Organized Groups: Haleakalā National Park charges commercial entities a fee to enter the park based on the capacity of the vehicle and/or the activity the commercial groups offer in the park. For a list of current authorized tours operating in the park, please click here. $15 per person for non-road based organized groups that offer activities such as Astronomy and Hiking. $30 plus $15 per person for road based tour vehicles, such as sedans, with a passenger carrying capacity of 1-7 people. $45 for road based tour vehicles, such as large vans and mini buses, with a passenger carrying capacity of 8-25 people. Non-Commercial Organized Groups Valid for 3 days. Organized groups such as Scouts, Rotary, Clubs, Youth Groups, Churches, Reunions, etc. that do not qualify for Educational Fee Waivers are charged as follows: $30 Non-commercial vehicles with a vehicle capacity of 14 or less. $15 per person Non-commercial vehicles with a capacity of 15 or greater. Fees will not exceed the commercial fee for the same-sized vehicle. Youth 15 and under are free. Individuals or families with any valid Annual or Lifetime pass may use their pass for entry at the per person rate. Pass and photo ID must be present upon entry.

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Map of trails in Haleakala National Park, Hawaii
Park information
Acreage:
29,093 acres
Contact
(808) 572-4400
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Top trails (17)
#1 - Pipiwai Trail and Waimoku Falls
Haleakala National Park
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Length: 3.4 mi • Est. 1 h 55 m
A unique and very special waterfall hike where your adventures begin even before you reach the trailhead. A favorite Maui hike, yet for some people the drive to the trailhead alone is excitement enough. The Hana Highway is sixty miles of scenic but curvy coastal road, reportedly featuring 620 curves and 59 bridges, most of which are single-lane bridges. If you relish your driving experiences then the Hana Highway alone is a "must-do". The round trip to the falls and back takes in several great waterfalls before reaching the spectacular Waimoku Falls, and a boardwalk journey through dense, dark bamboo forest that you're unlikely to forget. Show more
#2 - Sliding Sands Trail
Haleakala National Park
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Length: 11.0 mi • Est. 6 h 19 m
This trail offers unique and spectacular views throughout, but this challenging hike is not for the faint of heart. The drive to the top is paved but winding, and should be taken slowly. The trail appears easy at first, starting in a down grade, but walking back to the top is more difficult, particularly in warmer temperatures with the elevation. You should bring appropriate shoes, water, food, and sunscreen. You can also go out 1-2 miles for a more challenging hike with the same views. Show more
#3 - Seven Sacred Pools Trail ('Ohe'o Gulch)
Haleakala National Park
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Length: 0.6 mi • Est. 19 m
Please note: there are temporary closures in this area of the pools due to flash flood warning. Please consult the park's website before visiting. Seven Sacred Pools Oheo Gulch, also known as the Kuloa Point Trail, features beautiful ocean views, lush vegetation, pools and a waterfall. It leaves from the Kpahulu Visitor Center and continues past a Hawaiian cultural demonstration area to Kuloa Point at the mouth of 'Ohe'o Gulch (take the right fork downhill and hike the loop counter-clockwise). The ocean can surprise you with rogue waves and can be very rough. Next hike the south side of the gulch area up along the beautiful pools and back to the visitor center and parking lot. Swimming is possible in the Kpahulu District of the park - but only when conditions allow. The freshwater pools at Oheo Gulch are prone to very dangerous flash floods caused by heavy rains high on the mountain. Injuries and deaths have occurred. Always check at the visitor center for current conditions before entering the water, obey all posted signs, and use your best judgment. Park rules: Diving and jumping are prohibited. Do not bring glass into the 'Ohe'o Gulch area. Due to rough conditions, there is no safe ocean entry in Kpahulu.Show more
#4 - Haleakala Crater Trail
Haleakala National Park
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Length: 11.2 mi • Est. 6 h 34 m
As of June 2020 (COVID 19 response) The summit area is now open for sunrise viewing and must be reserved on Recreation.gov. Reservations allow access to the Summit District of the park from 3:00am to 7:00am. Please visit https://www.nps.gov/hale/planyourvisit/conditions.html for more information. The Sliding Sands Halemau'u combo is a semi-loop C-shaped trail into and out of the most picturesque portions of the Haleakala crater in Maui, Hawaii. The first part of the trail is the largely downhill but spectacular Sliding Sands trail leading into the crater that features the unique silverswords and sweeping extra-terrestrial landscapes. The trail merges into the Halemau'u trail around a central cinder cone intersection and transitions into a greener landscape with grasslands and wild flowers, leading up to a rugged climb back to the Halemau'u overlook. The trail is rates a difficult and is only recommended for experienced explorers. The trail offers a number of activity options including camping at the Holua cabin along the way and is accessible year-round.Show more
#5 - Halemau'u Haleakala Overlook Trail
Haleakala National Park
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Length: 7.6 mi • Est. 4 h 40 m
#6 - Halalai'i and Pu'unaue Trail
Haleakala National Park
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Length: 13.6 mi • Est. 7 h 29 m
As of June 2020 (COVID 19 response) The summit area is now open for sunrise viewing and must be reserved on Recreation.gov. Reservations allow access to the Summit District of the park from 3:00am to 7:00am. Please visit https://www.nps.gov/hale/planyourvisit/conditions.html for more information. Show more
#7 - Ka Lu'u o ka O'o Cinder Cone via Crater and Sliding Sands Trail
Haleakala National Park
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Length: 5.2 mi • Est. 3 h 14 m
This trail is PERMANENTLY CLOSED. Please do not hike it. Too many hikers on this trail started to destroy the cinder cone that it loops. This is a federally designated Wilderness area. Hiking off trail is against the law. Alternate Routes: - Haleakala's basin is so enormous that some folk hike in with a tent and spend days exploring the terrain. If you're in the mood for longer hike without an overnight bag, you might want to consider the 11 mile Sliding Sands to Halemau'u route. This one-way hike is best achieved by parking at the Halemau'u trailhead and hitching a ride up to the visitors center and the start of the hike. Now your 3,000ft of elevation change is purely downhill, and your ride awaits you at the end. https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/hawaii/sliding-sands-trailShow more
#8 - Pa Ka'oao Trail
Haleakala National Park
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Length: 0.6 mi • Est. 20 m
As of June 2020 (COVID 19 response) The summit area is now open for sunrise viewing and must be reserved on Recreation.gov. Reservations allow access to the Summit District of the park from 3:00am to 7:00am. Please visit https://www.nps.gov/hale/planyourvisit/conditions.html for more information. Show more
#9 - Silversword Loop Via Halemau'u Trail
Haleakala National Park
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Length: 12.5 mi • Est. 7 h 29 m
#10 - Leleiwi Overlook Trail
Haleakala National Park
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Length: 0.3 mi • Est. 11 m
As of June 2020 (COVID 19 response) The summit area is now open for sunrise viewing and must be reserved on Recreation.gov. Reservations allow access to the Summit District of the park from 3:00am to 7:00am. Please visit https://www.nps.gov/hale/planyourvisit/conditions.html for more information. Show more
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