It was a good morning walk. Not strenuous but wear shoes that have some protection- the lava rock can be brutal on the feet. It gets crowded mid morning. Don’t mind the campers when you get to the end- go explore.

Loved this trail. Loved the lava terrain and views. Very unique. Saw whales near the coast at the light beacon and goats on the lavascape. The heads up to wear sturdy shoes, start early, bring water was much appreciated.

Phenomenal views. I cannot stress enough that a person should go in the morning hours for 2 reasons. 1- gets a lil toasty on that volcanic rock once the sun peaks and 2- you’ll encounter a ton of folks lingering at the beginning of the trail on your hike out. Also, there’s some back roads that locals take to the beach so your hope of exclusivity and triumph of a private, refreshing reward are somewhat dashed upon sharing this gem with cheaters who didn’t use their legs.

Marche pénible dans des cailloux de lave.

Very Hot Hike. Footing is uneven. Hiking on Lava rock is a different experience. Definitely a side to Maui most will not see

Some of the best views are along this trail. As everyone else has already stated, bring plenty of water and wear sturdy shoes. Trail is made of lava rock and very sharp so be careful. Be prepared for high winds and/or heat.

Absolutely beautiful; you feel like you've been transported to Mars, and yet you get these sweeping views of Haleakala beyond the lava flow.
As other posters have said, bring more water than you think you need, bring tough shoes, and start early. The rocks started radiating much more heat than I had anticipated past a certain hour. Shoulda seen that coming.

We’ve done this trail a few times. Be aware of the wind conditions the day you decide to do it. High winds at the end made for a miserable pay off for me. Overall though the views are spectacular and the wild life surprisingly active.

Wear sturdy shoes, this is not a flip flop hike. Bring more water than you think you will need, it is hot. But the views are nice and the knowledge that you are walking in the steps of history is worth it.

We had a perfect day for this hike, overcast with a light breeze. The trail was great, interesting sights from the otherworldly landscape to the goats roaming around the wooded areas and further up the volcanic rocks. What was not so great was when three guys in a Toyota 4Runner came off-roading up behind us. When they parked about an 1/8 of a mile ahead of us, we decided to end our trek to the lighthouse and turned back to the parking lot. Since these guys had no qualms about ignoring the “no motorized vehicles allowed” sign, I wasn’t about to risk discovering what other laws they might be willing to break. Bummer of an ending to an otherwise wonderful nature experience.

Beautiful! It was like walking on another planet!

Great trail, well defined... walking on the rocks through part of it was difficult at times. Trail was mostly flat, easy to find and beautiful. Portapoties were available at the beginning of the hike in the parking lot.

Great to do once because of its unique landscape but not returning....too hot.

Not at all what we expected to see on an island. Just like others have stated the lava rock makes you feel like your on another planet. Hike was definitely moderate, just wear good shoes and watch your footing. Waves were huge today and the sunset was awesome. So many different things to see along this stretch.

This hike is different. It's not you typical walk on the beach. It feels like you are on a different planet. Make sure you pack heavy-duty hiking boots or sandals. Brings a lot of water and enjoy history of how the earth was born.

We did the branch of the trail to the lighthouse and back. At a moderate pace with stops it took us just under two hours. Parts of the trail are large loose rocks so proper shoes are a must. This shoreline hike has a mix of trees and open lava rock fields. You will want to head out early when it is cooler. Luckily we had a light breeze to help keep us cool. We enjoyed butterflies along the beaches and caught a glimpse a few wild goats.

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