Keonehe'ehe'e Trail

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Keonehe'ehe'e Trail is a 16.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back 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.

16.8 miles
3,782 feet
Out & Back





nature trips

rock climbing

trail running



wild flowers



no shade

no dogs

The Sliding Sands Halemau'u combo is a 11.7 mi moderately trafficked semi-loop C-shaped trail into and out of the most picturesque portions of the Haleakala crater in Maui, Hawaii. The first part of the trail is the largely downhill but spectacular Sliding Sands trail leading into the crater that features the unique silverswords and sweeping extra-terrestrial landscapes. The trail merges into the Halemau'u trail around a central cinder cone intersection and transitions into a greener landscape with grasslands and wild flowers, leading up to a rugged climb back to the Halemau'u overlook. The trail is rates a difficult and is only recommended for experienced explorers. The trail offers a number of activity options including camping at the Holua cabin along the way and is accessible year-round.

11 months ago

We parked at the Halemau'u Trailhead and hitchhiked to the summit. Actually we were lucky and met a group planning the same hike. We took their car to the summit and gave them a ride up afterwards in return. Another group waited about fifteen minutes at the pick up area for hikers.
We walked down the road from the summit and then took Keonehe'ehe'e Trail and connected with Halamau'u Trail after about four miles.
This hike was fabulous. Keonehe'ehe'e gently descends into the 'crater' and offers fantastic views. Sometimes the cinder is like sand but it is generally good to walk on. Here we also saw some silversword flowers. The connecting trail is well marked and follows through a desert of 'A'a-lava, circles a pu'u and meets with Halemau'u after about 1,6 miles. It is easy to find - follow the signs to Holua cabin. Continuing on Halemau'u the landscape changed. We hiked through an old lava flow where vegetation is getting more and bigger. We were lucky to have a clear day, sometimes you run into clouds here, especially in the afternoon. Holua cabin is good for a break and some Nene spotting. After we left Holua we ran into the crater rim after a mile and had to start our 3 mile ascend to the parking lot. There were a lot of switchbacks and we gained a lot of altitude but it wasn't too steep. We got great views of the crater as well as the green ocean side of Haleakala.
It took us about 5,5 hours with breaks but the time is absolutely well spent. A great hike.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

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.

Friday, May 08, 2015

This is one of, if not the, most diverse and magical trails I've ever hiked. Down into the sliding sands, up the side and over into a crater where it feels like you're walking on the moon is just the beginning. Meadows of flowers turn into a Jurassic Park-like jungle scene, before the long climb of rocky steps to the top where (apparently) you can watch one of the best sunsets anywhere in the world. It was pouring rain by this point of our hike, so we missed it, but I'd do it all over next time.

It's a long day, but one you'll never forget. And trust the sign when it says dress for changes in weather; they're not kidding.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

this is the hawaiian name for the sliding sands trail. it is the same trail, see the other reviews for more detail.

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