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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 clear. Isolated showers in the evening, then scattered showers after midnight. Lows around 71 at the shore to 55 to 60 upcountry. East winds up to 10 mph with gusts to 30 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Currently
Temperature: 86.4° F
Relative Humidity: 57%
Pressure: 29.98"
Dew Point: 69.7° F

Winds from the North at -9999.0 mph gusting to -999.0 mph

Precipitation

Sunrise: 6:06 AM
Sunset: 6:47 PM
Weather reported from Wailea Alanui Drive, Kihei, HI (KHIKIHEI17)
Forecast
Thursday
Sunny. Scattered showers in the morning, then isolated showers in the afternoon. Highs around 89 at the shore to 70 to 76 upcountry. East winds around 10 mph shifting to the southwest in the late morning and early afternoon, then shifting to the east late in the afternoon. Gusts up to 35 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Thursday Night
Partly cloudy. Isolated showers in the evening, then scattered showers after midnight. Lows around 72 at the shore to 56 to 61 upcountry. East winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to 30 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Friday
Mostly sunny. Scattered showers in the morning, then isolated showers in the afternoon. Highs 69 to 89. East winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to 30 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Friday Night
Partly cloudy. Isolated showers in the evening, then scattered showers after midnight. Lows 52 to 75. East winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to 30 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Weather information provided by Weather Underground. Current as of 8/23/2017 6:47 PM
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