Into Haleakala Crater Trail via Sliding Sands

MODERATE 21 reviews
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Into Haleakala Crater Trail via Sliding Sands is a 12.6 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Kula, Hawaii that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
12.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3641 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

views

wild flowers

no shade

no dogs

5 days ago

That was not a moderate trail and I agree with the previous comment that it was closer to 15 miles. Do not do this trail if you are not experienced, don't have enough water or food, sunscreen, layers and a lot of heart and determination! This was one of the most difficult hikes. It was deceiving going down sliding sands but remember you have to go back up! Oh ya don't wear sneakers! You will really be hurting. And you'll also get dirty. This trip was very secluded and felt like I was on another planet. The old craters like pu u pele is a beautiful sight to see.

26 days ago

hiking
2 months ago

Dude. This trail is NOT 12.6 miles long. It's around 15 with the whole loop and back up the mountain. Round trip took my friend and me 7 hours. Luckily it wasn't too hot down in the crater, but plenty of sun. Be sure to bring sunscreen and lots of water! If you're looking for views, I'd recommend just hiking a couple miles down the mountain and back. The whole loop is HARD not moderate. If do take the loop and go clockwise, there's a pretty cool lava tube that you can see, but that was the highlight of the loop. Lots and lots of sand and rocks.

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3 months ago

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3 months ago

If you ever have the chance to hike this or even part of this trail, you must! It's definitely one of the most memorable trails I've hiked. If you're an experienced hiker, hike as much of this trail as you have time to hike. If you're not an experienced hiker, at least hike a mile in to experience the trail and take in the amazing views. Wear layers! The elevation will make for a chilly start. It's such an easy hike in, you may forget about the elevation gain on the hike out...it's not an easy hike out, but totally worth it.

3 months ago

3 months ago

So beautiful!!!! We hiked down to the crater floor and also around the rim of the first crater. We then drove up for the sunset which was amazing! The hike back up is pretty rough, but checking out the view when taking breaks makes it worth the trip.

4 months ago

There are a number of short, unnamed trails worth exploring once you get down into the crater. The whole crater is great to explore as a long day hike or starting from the Holea campsite.

4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Was literally like hiking on the moon. There is no way to describe this hike and if you have the opportunity to do it don't pass it up. If you time it right you can watch the sunset after completing the hike with the other islands in view on top of haleakala.

5 months ago

One of the most beautiful places I have ever been! Must come and do, prepare good, bring lot of water , food, and extra layer coz it get cold up on top! Views are from a different planet, more like Mars! It's whole day adventure! Enjoy!!!

5 months ago

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6 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

This was a phenomenal hike with breathtaking views. You truly feel like you're on Mars. The way back up to the top is quite a climate but definitely worth it.

hiking
8 months ago

Like hiking on the moon, you can go down as far as you like, just be aware if you go down for 2 hours, it will take 3-4 hours to get back up. Take water as the wind and dry conditions will dry you out. Plenty to explore and see; this is the hike to take on Haleakala. You may encounter some horse droppings, only con about the trail. This one is not to miss.

9 months ago

This trail was absolutely breathtaking. After arriving at the summit the views are awesome, and going into the crater has you feeling like you're on Mars. The temperature was cold at the summit, probably around 45 degrees, compared to 75 at sea level. We backpacked in for a 3 day trip, and keep in mind if you do to be prepared for cold weather and rain. Like I mean it gets cold at night, we experienced temps in the 30s, which was surprising. But this initial trail was great going down, but difficult if you go back up. Pack plenty of water. I've hiked many places and this was one of the most surreal environments I've experienced. If you have the chance DO IT, you won't regret it.

backpacking
10 months ago

Great hike with beautiful views!

You can go further than just the 2 miles each way the app says. We went about 4 miles each way but you can go even further if you wish.
It is downhill all the way out, so the return journey is obviously harder!

If you made it to watch the sunrise then make sure you take off the extra layers you were wearing because the sun will warm you up and it's warmer at the lower elevation.