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Halemau'u Trail

Hawaii > Maui > Makawao
Length21 mi
Elev. Gain1500 ft
Difficulty4 / 5
Rating10 / 10
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.

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

$10 per car or $5 per person

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
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 0:09 AM
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