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this trail is absolutely

it was something else. I really enjoyed the challenge of this hike.

Stunning views that we haven’t seen anywhere else in the world. We didn’t do the full loop. Way back up is hard with the altitude but worth the hike. Our 8 year olds and 11 year old loved it.

I added on the loop to see Kawilinau, which is a 65 foot hole into the abyss of the earth lol. I think that out me around 14 miles and I did it in six hours. I only had 1.5 liters of water and ran out, I would've liked at least 3 liters I think.

I don't believe sliding is truly a risk, I never slid once and the trail is mostly pretty wide, you aren't going to slide off into the crater.

I think the most dangerous aspect is the trail is so easy going down inexperienced hikers may feel like they can handle the trip. Going back up in the heat, I started at 8:45am, was definitely tiresome. I think anyone could do it if you have cat meat three liters of water, food, and plan on being at it all day.

As for the cold at top, I quickly warmed up going down and hiked back up without my shirt (sports bra) because I was so hot. I didn't put my shirt back on until about 3/4 of the way up. I had a clear, sunshiny day for my hike.

we did the 11 mile loop. so quiet (one of quietest places). very scenic, challenging, rugged. took about 5 hours. nice because so few other people on the trail given difficulty.

The views on this trail were amazing. We really lucked out and had almost no clouds the whole way. We hiked from the visitors center all the way to the end of this trail and to the end of the parking lot. The switchbacks were tough for me (as someone who is fearful of heights) but nevertheless beautiful.

Amazing hike! Start early tho and if you can go on a cloudy/partly cloudy day! The trail has no trees and for most of it it is dark gravel! My friend and I did the hike starting from the top of the crater which lead us back to the lower parking lot!

strenuous; but beautiful, rewarding and very impressive; would definitely do it again; be prepared to bring layers of clothes; it can get pretty cold on the way back up; I got back around 430pm in overcast conditions and it was cold. - but hike is worth every effort.

DO NOT ATTEMPT IF YOU ARE NOT EXPERIENCED.

I did this hike June 27,2018, the weather was nice and so was the drive up to summit, however it was a long drive. This hike is for experienced hikers only, as going down into the crater is very easy and you will think that you can go further and further. Do not be fooled though, as the hard part is getting out of the crater. I would call myself decently experienced as I was in the Boy Scouts, but even I was exhausted after getting out of the crater.

One of the names for this hike is the Sliding Sands trail, this isn’t a lie, if you start to go off the trail you will slide down into the crater. Some points on the trail can be slippery due to the sand

So here are my tips for this hike:

Bring water, it may be cold and windy on the summit, but when you get far enough into the crater it will get hotter due to the sun beating down on you

Wear sunscreen, like I said it is sunny in the crater.

Bring trail snacks, you’ll probably be in the crater for a couple hours

Wear layers, but layers you can easily take off. It will be extremely windy at the summit, but in the crater it can be hot.

Overall this hike is extremely beautiful and I definitely recommend it, but only for experience hikers.

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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1 month 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.

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1 month ago

#1 thing to keep in mind when walking this trail is that it’s much more difficult to walk uphill than downhill, especially at 8,000-10,000 feet.
Hiked with my wife and 10 year old daughter about half way into the crater. They headed back up at that point, while I continued down almost to the bottom. There I took a side trail that leads to the top of the westernmost cinder cone. You can look down into the steep-sided interior of the cinder cone from its peak. Although it’s well worn, safe and easy to follow, I’m not sure how legit this little trail is in the eyes of the park service. It was amazing to watch the clouds ebb and flow from the crater gaps from that vantage point an hour before sunset. This is a unique, incredible place and every time I come I remember again how impressive it is.

Lots of shade. Sometimes enveloped in fog. Rather than out and back, you can continue on to junction with Waiohuli trail and take that trail back to Waipoli Road then walk back to your car at Boundary trailhead.

1 month ago

Must do.

We did only the first mile. The scenery and foliage are beautiful. The overlook of the crater is quite impressive. It is rocky, but easy to hike. You should do it.

2 months ago

Beautiful perspective views of the crater floor. Remember sun screen.

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2 months ago

Very beautiful spot. We hiked to the end of the valley and then back up the hill. Be prepared for a substantial hike, part of which is about 5.5 miles all up hill continuously if you treat this trail as an out and back. Recommend getting there early morning to avoid clouds settling into valley/crater in the afternoon obstructing views.

This hike is hard only in the spot where you'll need to climb back out of the crater. This hike is beautiful start to finish. pretty cool too that you see plants that ONLY grow right there!

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2 months ago

I've done it twice: once in 1975, when I was 24, and once a year ago. (You can figure out how old I was the second time...) First time was hot, sunny and dry, and I didn't bring enough water, so the hike back out was really hard. Second time was cold, cloudy, windy and rainy; we went maybe a couple-three miles down. I got chilled on the way back up, had to put the car heater on to get warm again. But both times beautiful--a cross between the Moon and Mars.

This is mostly moderate, even though rated hard. It’s a bit rocky, so perhaps that’s part of the hard rating? That can be hard on your ankles. Just be careful. Wear layers, as it can get cold and windy. Bring water and food. It is spiritual as you are hiking the crater, which is one of the energy vortexes of the planet. This is a great hike for connecting with Source.

Book tickets online early to see the sunrise! They were sold out for over a month.

Amazing scenery. We hiked 1.5hrs down to almost the base of the mountain. The trek back up was challenging but rewarding. We left from just after sunrise and we are glad we did. Haze and clouds roll in at times in the afternoon and we weren't effected. Bring lots of water and good shoes. Enjoy!

Spectacular views! The trail itself is very well maintained and clearly marked. The footing is also relative good along the entire trail. The ascent is steady but not too steep. The weather does change suddenly. We descended in the sunshine and ascended in a heavy mist. We just wore tennis shoes and we were fine. Definitely remember to carry sunblock, water and bring layers. Getting there is also easy, which is nice!

Great hike for people looking to go to the crater floor. We opted to turn back where the trail splits into a loop, which made the total hike 7.8 miles. This was a good alternative to 11-12 miles. The descent and ascent are gradual and the biggest obstacle is the weather. When I hiked it in late April the weather changed every few minutes from cloudy to windy to misty to downpour. Come prepared. There are no services along the trail. That said, weather permitting, there can be same great views of the barren landscape.

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3 months ago

Use 4WD! We drove it in a car, and the potholes were very difficult to maneuver. Too risky without 4WD. We did the redwood and plum trails to make a full loop. There were several downed trees across the paths that required you to crawl over, under, or around. Be cautious because the ground is soft on the edges of the paths. It’s a touch climb back up the plum trail. Not for the faint of heart. I wore my heart monitor because I’m an avid runner and I track my rates, and I was in the red for many parts of the way up - had to take it very slow. Beautiful hike on a clear day, but I would not want to drive the dirt road if it rains.

Absolutely breathtaking. Amazing way to get back up to the rim if you start with the Sliding Sands trail.

Waaaay more difficult than moderate. Bring waterproof layers and lots of water. Tough hike but worth it!

Othwerwordly. Pack water and sunscreen. And your camera.

4 months ago

Great hike and 4wd not required if you park before the sign that says it is and start from there. Just a lot of exceptional sections of forest and flowers. Nice and cool but don’t expect views of the ocean or island. Mostly different trees (including a section knocked down by wind). If you go to the forest cabin you can take the road back to your car, although that’s not so fun

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