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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
Sunny. Isolated showers in the afternoon. Highs 81 to 87. North winds around 10 mph with gusts to 25 mph shifting to the east with gusts to 25 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain 20 percent.
Temperature: 67.1° F
Relative Humidity: 84%
Pressure: 29.87"
Dew Point: 62.1° F

Winds from the SE at 0.0 mph gusting to 0.0 mph

Last Hour: 0.00"
Today: 0.00"

Sunrise: 5:57 AM
Sunset: 6:48 PM
Weather reported from Kealanauloa Place Area, Haiku, HI (KHIHAIKU13)
Mostly clear with isolated showers. Haze after midnight. Lows 65 to 70. Light winds. Chance of rain 20 percent.
Mostly sunny with isolated showers in the morning, then partly sunny with scattered showers in the afternoon. Haze through the day. Locally heavy rainfall possible in the afternoon. Highs 82 to 88. Light winds becoming northeast up to 10 mph early in the afternoon, then becoming light late in the afternoon. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Friday Night
Mostly cloudy with scattered showers. Haze. Locally heavy rainfall possible. Lows 64 to 69. Light winds. Chance of rain 30 percent.
Partly sunny with scattered showers. Haze. Locally heavy rainfall possible. Highs 78 to 84. Light winds becoming north around 10 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Weather information provided by Weather Underground. Current as of 4/27/2017 6:49 AM
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