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.
Weather Report for Kula, HI
Temperature: 67.1° F
Relative Humidity: 84%
Dew Point: 62.1° F
Winds from the South at 0.0 mph gusting to 0.0 mph
Last Hour: 0.00"
Sunrise: 5:57 AM
Sunset: 6:48 PM
Weather reported from Kealanauloa Place Area, Haiku, HI (KHIHAIKU13)
Weather information provided by Weather Underground. Current as of 4/27/2017 6:50 AM
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