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Halemau'u Trail

Hawaii > Maui > Makawao
Summary
Length21 mi
Elev. Gain1500 ft
Difficulty4 / 5
Rating10 / 10
TypeView
To discover the wild Haleakala National Park, the Halemau'u trail along with the Sliding Sands trail is the best option. It is usually a 10-mile long hike but there are shorter options to hike the trail too.

You begin the trail from the parking lot and pass through grasses and shrubs during the first mile to reach the edge of the Haleakala Crater. Descend on a switchback that embraces the edge of the crater wall. You would see the 2-mile-wide Koolau Gap in the southeast and the huge volcanic basin. Descend another 1400 feet to the bottom of the crater, then pass through the cattle gate and walk another mile to reach the Holua cabin.

If you want, you can explore the 150-foot lava tube near the cabin. The trail then takes you another 100 yards over the lava flow to a marked pit. Climb down the dark tube and after about half an hour it will open into a dark area. From here, stroll for another 9 miles to reach the Silversword loop junction. Continue a mile in the dark landscape to an unnamed junction to the right. You will notice different prominent cinder cones and pass several trail junctions as you continue the trail. Once you come across a grassy land, head east over Kaupo Gap and after a final hump down you will reach the Paliku Cabin.
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Hikers

Best time to go
June to July is the best time to go but you will find the winters to be less crowded.

Cost
$10 per car or $5 per person

Maps
Trails Illustrated: Haleakala National Park
USGS: Kilohana

Trail Map
Haleakala National Park
By Trails Illustrated
 
Hike Featured In...
Best Hiking Trips in Hawaii
By Pamela Wright
 
Trailhead Location
GPS Coordinates:
20° 45.135' N
156° 13.707' W

Driving Directions:
You need to take Route 37 from Kahului to Route 377 and finally to Route 378 to reach the trail head which is situated at the 8000 foot parking lot. The parking lot is 3.5 miles above the Park Headquarter's Visitor Center.
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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.
Currently
Temperature: 67.1° F
Relative Humidity: 84%
Pressure: 29.87"
Dew Point: 62.1° F

Winds from the South at 0.0 mph gusting to 0.0 mph

Precipitation
Last Hour: 0.00"
Today: 0.00"

Sunrise: 5:57 AM
Sunset: 6:48 PM
Weather reported from Kealanauloa Place Area, Haiku, HI (KHIHAIKU13)
Forecast
Tonight
Mostly clear with isolated showers. Haze after midnight. Lows 65 to 70. Light winds. Chance of rain 20 percent.
Friday
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.
Saturday
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 6:50 AM
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