Ka Lu'u o ka O'o Cinder Cone Via Crater and Sliding Sands Trails [CLOSED] is a 5.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Kula, Hawaii that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
5.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,676 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

closed

no dogs

This trail is PERMANENTLY CLOSED. Please do not hike it. Too many hikers on this trail started to destroy the cinder cone that it loops. This is a federally designated Wilderness area. Hiking off trail is against the law. Alternate Routes: - Haleakala's basin is so enormous that some folk hike in with a tent and spend days exploring the terrain. If you're in the mood for longer hike without an overnight bag, you might want to consider the 11 mile Sliding Sands to Halemau'u route. This one-way hike is best achieved by parking at the Halemau'u trailhead and hitching a ride up to the visitors center and the start of the hike. Now your 3,000ft of elevation change is purely downhill, and your ride awaits you at the end. https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/hawaii/sliding-sands-trail

1 month ago

Sad to see this is closed but totally understand why. Hiked here in 2016 on our honeymoon. We had no intention of visiting this crater but were following a couple locals - it was beautiful but in hindsight very dangerous.

It takes THOUSANDS of years for the landscape to recover when humans leave the trails here - respect the rules so we can all continue to enjoy the magic of this place!

2 months ago

This trail is PERMANENTLY CLOSED. Please do not hike it. Too many hikers on this trail started to destroy the cinder cone that it loops. This is a federally designated Wilderness area. Hiking off trail is against the law.

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2 months ago

Great it is amazing

4 months ago

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5 months ago

The Sliding Sands trail is open but the 2 offshoots to Ka Lu’u O Ka O’o are CLOSED! You can still see the areas that acted as trails but the are no longer open to the public. People who continue to traverse the path leading to and around Ka Lu’u O Ka O’o are breaking park regulations.

6 months ago

The hike in is like landing a spacecraft on a foreign world, totally amazing and unique. The hike out is like you crashed your spacecraft and you are stranded lol. Hiking out is pretty tough as it is obviously uphill and the majority of time in loose sand for 2 miles. Definitely bring sunscreen, extra water, and a little trail snack and just take your time. One of a kind experience for sure. Time it right and get back to the car for sunset at the summit, I found it just as remarkable as the sunrise with much less traffic and no need for a reservation. Stargazing about an hour after sunset is a nice bonus as well. This hike took me and my 16 year old son about 3 hours and 45 minutes round trip.

hiking
8 months ago

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

8 months ago

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

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11 months ago

NOTICE (12/26/2017): the trail access to Ka Lu’u o Ka cinder cone off of sliding sands trail is CLOSED. The sliding sands trail, however, is still open. Trail still offers great panoramic views of the entire hike, but a bit disappointing as there is no access to the cinder cones.

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Amazing...

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Friday, August 25, 2017

My first review, I just could not keep it to myself. Gorgeous hike. I would suggest to check the weather a few days ahead when you are in Maui and decide when exactly you want to go. It may get foggy and in this case you will not see anything. It is very easy and fun walk down hill and may get a little challenging on the way back, but just take your time, it is worth it! We made it back in one hour since took all of the pics on the way down. It definitely seems like you are on another planet. Absolutely unreal. One of the best hikes I have done! I hiked in shorts and sweater, would definitely get cold without it. We were back just in time for sunset on the summit (which is a whole other story).

Friday, June 05, 2015

Unfortunately, the trail to Ka Lu'u o ka O'o off of the sliding sands trail is closed. Apparently it's been closed for a while, and it's not shown on the official park map. We went looking for it, and found the trail junction has been removed and a trail barrier established to make it look like there was no junction there. Beyond the old junction, there is a sign which says "trail closed due to emergency conditions"

Too bad, it would have been cool to walk around the rim of Ka Lu'u o ka O'o. But by the time you get to the junction, you're pretty close to it. The 2 miles to this point are pretty amazing to experience - going back up in the thin air..that was a different story :P

2 stars so people know what the situation is. But overall, it's a still a worthwhile hike.

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18 days ago

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2 months ago

recorded Cinder Cone Haleakala

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6 months ago

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6 months ago

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Friday, December 08, 2017

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Saturday, November 18, 2017

recorded Keonehe’ehe’e Trail

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Friday, November 17, 2017

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Thursday, August 31, 2017

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