Haleakala Crater Trail

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Haleakala Crater Trail is a 11.2 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Kula, Hawaii that offers scenic views. The trail is rated as difficult and primarily used for hiking and trail running.

DISTANCE
11.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3,054 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

hiking

trail running

views

no shade

no dogs

4 days ago

Great trail to experience! easy walk besides last few miles to climb back to the mountain.

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12 days ago

Interesting loop. I haven't walked it like that (did the two seperatly back and forth). Not 100% sure how you get back to your car, I supposed hitchhike?

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18 days ago

Took my wife and two kids (10) and (12) on this hike yesterday. Agree with others only ‘hard’ aspect to this was the length and in particular, as it relates to the length, the energy required for the final 3 miles re switchbacks. Super serene, unique terrain found nowhere else. We really enjoyed it!

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2 months ago

Thé only difficulty is the lenght
Wonderful

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2 months ago

Unforgettable! Not easy! The hike through the crater makes you feel like you’re on the Moon. Wear sunscreen! The reflection from the sand will burn even if you are covered from the overhead Sun.

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2 months ago

My wife and I hiked this trail backwards and I can tell you it was extremely difficult for us ascending the 3000 feet, but the views were absolutely breathtaking! Inside the crater feels like you're on another planet like Mars or something! Your mileage will definitely vary depending on your fitness, which may be why it was difficult for us since we aren't in fantastic shape. Take a lot of water and snacks, you will need breaks! Probably easier starting at the visitors center and ascending the 1000 feet at the end instead. Try hitching a ride back up to the visitors center afterwards and save yourself the strain of walking back up

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3 months ago

Great hike. We were quickly able to hitchhike to the summit (only waited about 5 minutes). It probably helped that we didn’t start too early so there were regularly cars driving by at around 9am. The hike was not too difficult. The views are great and the terrain is very unique. I’d highly recommend this hike.

3 months ago

Did this hike in November 2016 on our honeymoon. We hiked sliding sands in and Halemau’u out. Got to the hitchhiker pickup before 8am and wasn’t able to get a lift but managed to get one back up to our car afterward as there were plenty of people in the parking lot.

We are intermediate hikers and still found this a very strenuous hike as others have said - full sun 100%. Not for the faint of heart. Start early, bring lots of water, proper shoes, and be prepared!

This is the only place we found a couple Ne’nes - and we were so lucky for a clear day. There is nowhere else like this place, such a special hike! The 2000ft gain in under 3 miles at the end was a real test, but the views were out of this world.

3 months ago

This trail is something very different! Very special terrain that I have never seen before. Looks like your walking on the moon. The trail is a little challenging due to 100% exposure to sun. Make sure you bring plenty of water and good sun protection! The best option to do this trail is to park your car at the car park after the first visitor center and take a hitchhike ride up to the second visitor center. This is a common practice in the national park and there is a designated hiker pickup point right at the car park. We got a ride within 5 minutes. From the second visitor center you can walk down the crater. After that it's mostly flat. At the end there is 2000ft of elevation along 3 miles.

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6 months ago

Out of this world scenery! I live in Minnesota and we don’t have this type of terrain. Our group of hikers kept saying they felt like they were up on Mars. We started at the visitor center near the top and ended up at Halemau’u parking lot. Everyone in our group said we should have reversed the hike. Saw a half dozen state birds; Nene. Cool looking geese.

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6 months ago

Outstanding day hike. One of a kind scenery and a rare opportunity to walk through ~4 totally distinct biomes in a single day. If you're on the fence, do it - you won't get this chance very many other places. Some tips (not sure if this will format properly):

1. Leave your car at the Halemau’u Trailhead parking lot, and attempt to hitchhike to the Visitors Center/Shifting Sands Trailhead. There's a spot designated for hitchhikers right outside Halemau'u Trailhead. Getting someone to pick you up is the biggest gamble of your day. We happened to find someone attempting to do the same thing, and set up a car ferry (left ours at the bottom, drove theirs to the top). We took their keys since we were setting a faster pace and moved their car back down for them when we finished.

2. If you're in reasonable hiking shape and doing this from the summit, the hike is really more of a moderate than a hard. It's almost entirely downhill untl the ~9 mile mark, so the only strain is on your feet from the rocky stretches. The final two miles are a series of switchbacks which are at a moderate grade rather than leg-breaking steep.

3. Remember to stop OFTEN and look around. Since it is all downhill, it can be easy to get into a good stride and forget to take in the utterly unique landscape! About a mile under the summit, if you can get a moment alone, it will be completely, totally silent.

4. It's about 45 degrees and windy on the Summit, so start with cold weather gear. Once you're down into the crater it's more like 60-65, unrelentingly sunny, but breezy and not really all that hot. As you descend you move into the cloud layer, where it can mist/rain and get surprisingly cold if you stop moving. Saw a lot of people only prepared for Maui beach weather - don't be one of them.

6 months ago

Must do.

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