Seven Sacred Pools Trail ('Ohe'o Gulch)

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Haleakala National Park

Seven Sacred Pools Trail ('Ohe'o Gulch) is a 0.6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Hana, Maui, Hawaii that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round.

Length0.6 miElevation gain108 ftRoute typeLoop
Kid friendlyHikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingForestRiverViewsWaterfallWildflowersWildlifeMuddyFeeNo dogs
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Haleakala National Park charges a fee to enter. Fees are $30 per vehicle or $25 per motorcycle. If you are entering on foot or bike the fee is $15 per person. You can also purchase a park specific annual pass for $55. SEASONAL CLOSURE: there are temporary closures in this area of the pools due to flash flood warning. Please consult the park's website before visiting at https://www.nps.gov/hale/planyourvisit/conditions.htm 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.

There's a lot of parking but it is not free, requires National Park entrance fee or parks pass (http://www.nps.gov/hale/planyourvisit/feesandreservations.htm). The entrance to Oheo Gulch / Seven Sacred pools pass thru Haleakala National Park. The park is open 24 hours per day, 365 days per year. Restrooms and drinking water are always available. Visitor center hours: Kipahulu Visitor Center: 9:00am - 5:00pm HST Dogs are permitted in parking lots and drive-up campgrounds and on roadways and paved pathways only. Dogs must be leashed at all times. Dogs are not permitted on trails.

For information specific to the Kipahulu/Oheo Gulch area of the park, call the Kipahulu Visitor Center at (808) 248-7375 during office hours of 9am-5pm HST. Mailing address: Haleakala National Park PO Box 369 Makawao HI 96768

Haleakal National Park extends from the 10,023 foot summit of Haleakal down the southeast flank of the mountain to the Kpahulu coast near Hna. The two sections of the park are not directly connected by road, but both can be reached from Kahului. There are no gas stations in the park. The last place to get gas en route to the Kpahulu Area and along the Hna Highway before Hna is in the town of Pia. There is no public transportation available either to or in the park. Driving to the Kpahulu Area (coastal) and Oheo Gulch is reached via Route 36 to 360 to 31. Driving time from Kahului is approximately 3 hours. Directions to the park entrance (Oheo Gulch trailhead is accessed from the grass parking area near at the visitor center): From Kahului, take Highway 360 (Hana Hwy) 12 miles past the town of Hana. Or - from Kahului, take Highway 36 to 37 to 31 around the south side of the island (Portions of this south road are unpaved, but scenery is spectaular). Global Positioning System address: Mile Marker 41 Hana Hwy, Hana, HI 96713

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deanna duran
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One of the most beautiful hikes I've ever been on.

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Kristin Weust
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V. Rao Dumpeti
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Ethan Thonn
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Great hike, but they do not allow you to swim in the pools

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Niharika Maheshwari
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Monica Fox
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Annie Wallace
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HikingGreat!

Do this while you're at the park for the Pipiwai trail. It is easy and quick. Beautiful scenery.

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Kurt Golding
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Ok, so problem with connectivity in SE Maui (aka middle of nowhere). Haleakala National Park back side short loop from parking lot after Pipiwai and kept recording during my white knuckle autocross back through the front road to Hana. I LOVE Maui roads! In the write-ups they tell you to be courteous and pull aside for the faster locals but not too long after tailing close behind, I actually had them pulling over for me -lol. Anyway, this little loop was right on the ocean and the waves were HUGE! Strong wind gusts and with all the rain, multiple waterfalls were raging. Pools were flooded and absolutely too dangerous to even think about swimming. Very tiring day with the 2 hour backside drive, 2 hikes, then long drive back. So much to see in Maui.

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Derek Wohland
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I've been coming to Oheo Gulch since I was a kid. Maui was always a favorite destination, and Seven Sacred Pools is always my first stop. The Seven Pools are not actually sacred, but it;s easier to describe to others using that name. In the past, it used to be free parking. There were also no safety restrictions. Now, it's all about revenue and safety. In the summer, the crouds just ruin the experience. If you can leave VERY early and hit the road to Hana while it's still dark, you may have a chance to swim in the pools without anyone around. During the winter, they close them to swimming because of flash floods. Also know that there have been many grey shark attacks in the ocean just below the falls. If you get swept out, you have very little chance of surviving. You can dive off the rocks into some of the pools when it's safe.

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Annie Smith
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The pools are beautiful in the Gulch. Only the lower half of the trail was open yesterday, so it was an out and back for me. Due to flash flooding, you also could not climb down to the pools (no problem since it was pouring rain anyways.) Park entry is $30/car or free with Inter-agency Parks Pass.

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Tam My
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Pipiwai Trail to Makahiku Falls and Seven Pools

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Nicola Kerger
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Can’t swim in pools

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Michael Desa
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We only had an hour left before the park closed, but that was plenty of time to get to the first waterfall overlook (0.5 miles), double back, and spend significant time at the pools. They're closed to swimming right now, but still absolutely worth stopping for. Amazing views

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Jim Sammer
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Justin Luthey
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Trail open, pools closed

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Ken B
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Alyson Crabtree
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This trail is open

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Sama Fernands
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This is a marvelous place to be, to swim, to hike. I can’t wait until they open the pools again.

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Tyler S.
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Karissa Duff
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Nature tripsGreat!

The pools were closed and we weren’t allowed to go swimming, but they were still gorgeous to see! You could see the mountains, a small bridge and the ocean, so very scenic. The trail was well marked, highly trafficked and easy to transverse.

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Mathew Fiegleman
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the massive falls were nicer than this pool. The pools were alright. Looked very man made adjusted.

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TC Pounds
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Easy hike. It's beautiful. The whole park is beautiful.

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Jeff Larson
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Required entry fee ($20?) to the Natl. Park. Because it buys you a 3-day pass, and we visited the crater at the other side of the Park the next day, it was easily worth it. After walking this loop we partially hiked the Pipiwai Trail (to Makahiku Falls), all in about an hour. It was worth the stop on our way south.

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Simon Lenz
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Mary K
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Beautiful pools. Easy walk.

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Jonas Bergström
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Did this walk after hiking Pipiwai Trail early in the morning (slept in Hana). Since we could walk this early we avoided the crowds which was nice. The pools are nice to look at.

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Teresa Lawson
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Joyce Cole
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Liam Bryan
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The trail was muddy throughout and there was a lot of people. There are 2 stream crossings, but they can be navigated without getting wet. The waterfall is definitely worth the hike.

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