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

hiking
2 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.

hiking
2 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.

3 months ago

Must do.

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