Explore the most popular nature trips trails in Haleakala National Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

I've done it twice: once in 1975, when I was 24, and once a year ago. (You can figure out how old I was the second time...) First time was hot, sunny and dry, and I didn't bring enough water, so the hike back out was really hard. Second time was cold, cloudy, windy and rainy; we went maybe a couple-three miles down. I got chilled on the way back up, had to put the car heater on to get warm again. But both times beautiful--a cross between the Moon and Mars.

hiking
2 days ago

I cannot even begin to explain how breathtaking this trail is. We went up in the pouring rain and it was still incredible.

Book tickets online early to see the sunrise! They were sold out for over a month.

A hiker was struck by a falling rock earlier today.

hiking
16 days ago

Really liked the rainforest views and waterfalls along this hike. However the trail was temporarily closed at the entrance to the bamboo forest for maintenance so had to turn around early. I think this hike is a must-do if you are staying in the area

A nice quick hike to go check out the coastline. Unfortunately swimming in the pools was closed during our visit.

My boyfriend and I loved this trail. The waterfall at the end was out of this world.
The pools were closed when we went but the view was still beautiful. I would recommend it. Wear bug spray if you have it.

Amazing scenery. We hiked 1.5hrs down to almost the base of the mountain. The trek back up was challenging but rewarding. We left from just after sunrise and we are glad we did. Haze and clouds roll in at times in the afternoon and we weren't effected. Bring lots of water and good shoes. Enjoy!

Spectacular views! The trail itself is very well maintained and clearly marked. The footing is also relative good along the entire trail. The ascent is steady but not too steep. The weather does change suddenly. We descended in the sunshine and ascended in a heavy mist. We just wore tennis shoes and we were fine. Definitely remember to carry sunblock, water and bring layers. Getting there is also easy, which is nice!

Great hike for people looking to go to the crater floor. We opted to turn back where the trail splits into a loop, which made the total hike 7.8 miles. This was a good alternative to 11-12 miles. The descent and ascent are gradual and the biggest obstacle is the weather. When I hiked it in late April the weather changed every few minutes from cloudy to windy to misty to downpour. Come prepared. There are no services along the trail. That said, weather permitting, there can be same great views of the barren landscape.

Waaaay more difficult than moderate. Bring waterproof layers and lots of water. Tough hike but worth it!

1 month ago

Great hike! My wife and I were not all that impressed with the road to Hana: to touristy and way too much driving. We completed the loop by driving down the east side and holy shit it was not fun. However? This hike was fun. Lots of incline and very muddy. Bamboo forest was so cool and the falls at the end of the hike were amazing. Lots of deck style trails. Very important:: no swimming has been allowed for a long time. That part was disappointing.

on Pipiwai Trail

1 month ago

beautiful hike! great views. Very slippery and muddy after the rains. wear sturdy shoes, walking stick very helpful. lots of elevation change. worth the effort...the falls were really running.

Othwerwordly. Pack water and sunscreen. And your camera.

Nice little loop not really a hike. The pools are closed to swimming currently, 4.11.18, which was a bummer but pretty none the less

1 month ago

Amazing hike with beautiful sights all along the way. It can be muddy so wear good shoes and bring water. A must do if you are here!

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike with plenty of things to see along the way. Certain areas are exposed to sun in the beginning and end of the trail but through the bamboo forest you’ll have plenty of shade.

Note: $20 entrance fee and prefer credit card.

Breathtaking

I've hiked this twice, both times many years ago. Gorgeous!

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome hike, a must do after the drive to Hana. Very muddy near the base,so bring hiking shoes. Amazing bamboo forest and the view at the falls is spectacular.

Beautiful, weather changes quickly! Hiked out with maybe 10ft visibility.

Amazing views. My wife and I loved the ability to make your own hike with the out and back trail. We felt like we were on Mars! Definitely recommend this. Be sure to bring plenty of water if you plan on going further. We opted for a 10 mile hike.

hiking
3 months ago

I hate “awesome” as it is so inflationary used when things are truly terrific. But Sliding Sands Trail truly is awesome. Due to turning weather we had to do the entire hike in 3hrs 20 minutes but as the trail is easy terrain walking a good flat and evenly inclining, one could have breaks to take photos and enjoy the views and always have the head up to enjoy the scenery. We started in clouds, had sun, grumbling thunder outside the crater and hail in the last 50 Meters. So unless you can catche the perfect day, be prepared for changing conditions.
My favorites where the few plants that managed to hold out in beauty.

3 months ago

A must do hike if you are in the area
Moderately difficult but not very lengthy or too steep
Beautiful bamboo forests and one lovely banyan tree

hiking
3 months ago

Great trail diversity. Nice early climb through thick vegetation. Early sneak peak at the waterfall that is 1.8miles to go. Very interesting tree with many exposed roots. Then walk across a few bridges. Next is an amazing stroll through a bamboo forest. Be sure to stop and listen to the bamboo sway in the breeze! Once your out of the bamboo, just a little further and you reach the breathtaking waterfall! Go early, we started around 9:45 and had the trail practically to ourselves. We finished in about 2hrs (with stopping at the falls for about 10min) but my husband walks a fast pace. By 11:30 there were a lot of hikers getting started on the trail. This is one you can't miss! Enjoy!

hiking
3 months ago

If you're on this side of the park - this is a must. It's a nice hike through the bamboo, with a great waterfall at the end. We stayed in Hana the night prior and started this hike pre-sunrise. 1:45 for the hike, forgot my phone and couldn't record it.

Easy hike and good view of the pools. Due to lack of rainfall, the first falls were a trickle.

Great views. The hike back up to the crater rim is def more strenuous. Bring water and make sure to use sunscreen!!

hiking
3 months ago

Weather changed numerous times when we were on this trail. The views are nonstop amazing but be prepared with at least two liters of water and the right attire. The elevation change was pretty rough on us being from the Midwest. Overall it was fun and challenging!

After paying the National Park entrance/parking fee of $20, I was disappointed to find out that the whole area is closed except for a view from the trail. The overgrown path down to the falls area is closed by a locked gate and fence and is impassable even if you are willing to break the law to get there. After 10 days without any rain, the falls was barely visible. But the road is often closed after any rains, due to downed trees and rockslides, so it you ever get to see it in full flow with falls access, you are EXTREMELY LUCKY!

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