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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.

hiking
1 day ago

hiking
5 days ago

While driving up it began to pour. Unfortunately we didn't have any views. Trail is extremely short and a bit boring. May try again when it's clear.

hiking
11 days ago

My first review, I just could not keep it to myself. Gorgeous hike. I would suggest to check the weather a few days ahead when you are in Maui and decide when exactly you want to go. It may get foggy and in this case you will not see anything. It is very easy and fun walk down hill and may get a little challenging on the way back, but just take your time, it is worth it! We made it back in one hour since took all of the pics on the way down. It definitely seems like you are on another planet. Absolutely unreal. One of the best hikes I have done! I hiked in shorts and sweater, would definitely get cold without it. We were back just in time for sunset on the summit (which is a whole other story).

hiking
26 days ago

hiking
26 days ago

This hike was amazing and well worth the drive in from the west side. The first part of the hike is pretty standard and the first waterfall you come to wasn't all that impressive in my opinion. It was a trickle and the view point wasn't close. You must keep going to the end of the hike to see the second waterfall. But before you get there, you'll hike through a beautiful bamboo forest. It was so tall, the trail became dark. It felt like evening. As the wind blew the bamboo knocked together creating the most unique sound. At the end of the trail is a gorgeous 400 foot tall crashing waterfall. I was only sad that we had to hurry through this hike a bit as we went in late in the afternoon and wanted to be off the Hana Highway before dark. We saw lots of families with kids on this trail. It was an easy hike although there is a decent ascent. Highly recommend. I would definitely do it again.

hiking
30 days ago

We parked at the Halemau'u Trailhead and hitchhiked to the summit. Actually we were lucky and met a group planning the same hike. We took their car to the summit and gave them a ride up afterwards in return. Another group waited about fifteen minutes at the pick up area for hikers.
We walked down the road from the summit and then took Keonehe'ehe'e Trail and connected with Halamau'u Trail after about four miles.
This hike was fabulous. Keonehe'ehe'e gently descends into the 'crater' and offers fantastic views. Sometimes the cinder is like sand but it is generally good to walk on. Here we also saw some silversword flowers. The connecting trail is well marked and follows through a desert of 'A'a-lava, circles a pu'u and meets with Halemau'u after about 1,6 miles. It is easy to find - follow the signs to Holua cabin. Continuing on Halemau'u the landscape changed. We hiked through an old lava flow where vegetation is getting more and bigger. We were lucky to have a clear day, sometimes you run into clouds here, especially in the afternoon. Holua cabin is good for a break and some Nene spotting. After we left Holua we ran into the crater rim after a mile and had to start our 3 mile ascend to the parking lot. There were a lot of switchbacks and we gained a lot of altitude but it wasn't too steep. We got great views of the crater as well as the green ocean side of Haleakala.
It took us about 5,5 hours with breaks but the time is absolutely well spent. A great hike.

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1 month ago