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Haleakala Crater

Hawaii > Maui > Hana
Length4 mi
Elev. Gain1200 ft
Difficulty2 / 5
Rating8 / 10
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.
Hikers, Horses

Best time to go

Small fee to enter

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 clear. Haze. Lows around 67 at the shore to around 55 upcountry. South winds 10 to 15 mph.
Temperature: 67.1° F
Relative Humidity: 22%
Pressure: 29.92"
Dew Point: 27.0° F

Winds from the West at 2.0 mph gusting to 10.0 mph

Last Hour: 0.00"
Today: 0.00"

Sunrise: 6:52 AM
Sunset: 5:45 PM
Weather reported from Haiku, Maui Upper West Kuiaha Road, Haiku-Pauwela, HI (KHIHAIKU4)
Haze in the morning. Mostly sunny with a 20 percent chance of showers. Highs around 85 at the shore to 62 to 73 upcountry. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph.
Tuesday Night
Mostly cloudy with showers likely. Lows around 66 at the shore to 49 to 55 upcountry. Light winds becoming northeast up to 10 mph after midnight. Chance of rain 70 percent.
Mostly sunny with isolated showers. Highs 53 to 80. Northeast winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to 30 mph. Chance of rain 20 percent.
Wednesday Night
Mostly clear. Lows 44 to 66. Northeast winds 10 to 15 mph. Gusts up to 35 mph early in the morning.
Weather information provided by Weather Underground. Current as of 12/12/2017 0:16 AM
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