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Haleakala National Park, Maui, HI 96768
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All reviews visitor center great hike entire hike sliding sands leave your car worth doing bring sunscreen every corner wear a hat day hike lots of water amazing scenery cinder cone hiking boots miles round trip piece of cake tennis shoes
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband and I sat for an hour by the hiker pick up, but finally got a ride to the trailhead then hiked 11.2 miles back to our car at Halemau'u trailhead... I read that you shouldn't hike UP sliding sands,BUT I beg to differ!...More

Date of experience: November 2018
3  Thank jennifer s
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I hiked this as a 12-year-old with my father. This trail was amazing. It took us around 7 hours. We did the Halemuu trail to Sliding Sands then up to the summit. We parked at the summit and hitchhiked down to the Halemuu trailhead which...More

Date of experience: December 2017
4  Thank ThistletheActual
Reviewed 6 November 2018

Don't arrive at the gate until 7am or they will not let you in without a reservation. Semi cloudy day, gorgeous views of an alien landscape. Bring a down vest, its cold, but warms up quick hiking back out.

Date of experience: October 2018
2  Thank rjsanchezjr
Reviewed 10 October 2018

See my review for the park. Is deceptively downhill. I had some rocks to climb over and is a little slippery from the soil and small pebbles. Had to stop after 20 minutes because of my previous injury, but my husband went farther while I...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank lisamZ3845TH
Reviewed 14 September 2018

This place is amazing! It looks like the surface of the moon and there are all sorts of hiking trails all over the crater ranging from easy to advanced. My only complaint is I wish we would have spent the entire day hiking up there....More

Date of experience: September 2018
3  Thank Brody N
Reviewed 14 August 2018

We could not do the entire trail; we are not high altitude people. The landscape is beyond beautiful. If you do the trail, take water. Many walking the trail were not really prepared.

Date of experience: August 2018
3  Thank Victor T
Reviewed 7 August 2018 via mobile

You can fool someone into thinking you are on Mars. Fabulous trip, glad I was only going down. 3,000ft in 3 miles, but we'll worth it.

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank 42wardn
Reviewed 30 July 2018

This is a great hike. Avoid the rush at sunrise and instead do this hike. If you want an adventure combine hike to hike all the way across the crater. Best way is to park at Halemau'u and do the hitch hiker pick-up or have...More

Date of experience: May 2018
7  Thank Heather K
Reviewed 18 July 2018

I did this hike with 2 girls, both age 10 and 1 boy, age 8. We have a very active lifestyle and have done many hikes in prior vacations and trips. But, I think that the average person can do this hike if they have...More

Date of experience: July 2018
9  Thank Mika A
Reviewed 6 July 2018

The descent is all down hill. Because of the altitude (over 9 thousand feet above sea level) and the return trip is all up hill, pace yourself carefully. Still magnificent. If you own walking sticks use them. Wear a jacket it is cold and windy....More

Date of experience: July 2018
2  Thank ecd15
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3 July 2018|
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Response from Heather K | Reviewed this property |
It is one way. I recommend parking at the end and then either hitchhiking (there will be other hikers doing the same or willing to pick you up) to start at the summit. Or if you have friends/family willing (we've done this... More
3 July 2018|
Response from Heather K | Reviewed this property |
11 miles one way.
21 January 2018|
Response from Heather K | Reviewed this property |
It depends on your fitness and how your body handles the altitude. It was about 6 hours for us with a picnic at the cabin.