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Haleakala Crater

Hawaii > Maui > Hana
Summary
Length4 mi
Elev. Gain1200 ft
Difficulty2 / 5
Rating8 / 10
TypeView
This hike into the Haleakala Crater follows the Sliding Sands trail, and is the easiest route. Nonetheless, the views here are spectacular, and allow you to see the land inside a dormant volcanic crater.

A sign in the parking lot will point you toward the trailhead. Follow it towards the crater and you'll find an interpretive sign that explains some features of the mountain. From the trailhead, you'll lose elevation as you switch you way back down the hillside. The crater floor is almost always in sight and you should be able to catch views of Kaupo Gap on the right, and Ko'olau Gap on the left. Here you'll also be able to see Maui's endangered silverswords, beautiful flowers that can reach 9 feet tall. After 2 miles, you'll reach the trail to Kalu'uoka cone. Turn left to reach the cone in another 0.5 miles, or turn around here.
Users
Hikers, Horses

Best time to go
Year-round

Cost
Small fee to enter

Maps
Trails Illustrated: Haleakala National Park
USGS: Kilohana

Trail Map
Haleakala National Park
By Trails Illustrated
 
Hike Featured In...
Best Easy Day Hikes Hawaii: Maui
By Suzanne Swedo
 
Trailhead Location
GPS Coordinates:
20° 42.873' N
156° 15.044' W

Driving Directions:
From Kahului, drive southeaset on Highway 37 (Haleakala Highway) for 7 miles. Go through the town of Pukalani, then turn left onto Highway 377. Go 6 miles to Highway 378 (Haleakala Crater Road), turn left and begin switching back up the hill toward the park for 11 miles. The parking lot is at the visitor center, on the rim of the crater.
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Weather Report for Kula, HI
Mostly cloudy in the evening then becoming mostly clear. Isolated showers. Lows around 70 at the shore to 54 to 60 upcountry. East winds around 10 mph with gusts to 25 mph. Chance of rain 20 percent.
Currently
Temperature: 69.3° F
Relative Humidity: 1%
Pressure: 30.02"
Dew Point: -36.0° F

Winds from the East at 4.0 mph gusting to 11.0 mph

Precipitation
Last Hour: 0.00"
Today: 0.26"

Sunrise: 6:22 AM
Sunset: 5:56 PM
Weather reported from Haiku, Maui Upper West Kuiaha Road, Haiku-Pauwela, HI (KHIHAIKU4)
Forecast
Sunday
Sunny with isolated showers in the morning, then partly sunny with scattered showers in the afternoon. Highs around 86 at the shore to 68 to 76 upcountry. Light winds becoming southwest around 10 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Sunday Night
Mostly cloudy with scattered showers. Haze. Lows around 71 at the shore to 55 to 61 upcountry. Light winds. Chance of rain 40 percent.
Monday
Partly sunny. Scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms in the morning, then showers likely and isolated thunderstorms in the afternoon. Haze through the day. Locally heavy rainfall possible. Highs 67 to 86. Light winds becoming west around 10 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain 70 percent.
Monday Night
Cloudy. Occasional showers and isolated thunderstorms in the evening, then showers likely and isolated thunderstorms after midnight. Haze through the night. Locally heavy rainfall possible. Lows 51 to 73. South winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to 30 mph. Chance of rain 90 percent.
Weather information provided by Weather Underground. Current as of 10/22/2017 10:13 PM
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