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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 cloudy in the evening then becoming mostly clear. Isolated showers. Lows around 70 at the shore to 54 to 60 upcountry. East winds around 10 mph with gusts to 25 mph. Chance of rain 20 percent.
Temperature: 69.3° F
Relative Humidity: 1%
Pressure: 30.02"
Dew Point: -36.0° F

Winds from the East at 4.0 mph gusting to 11.0 mph

Last Hour: 0.00"
Today: 0.26"

Sunrise: 6:22 AM
Sunset: 5:55 PM
Weather reported from Haiku, Maui Upper West Kuiaha Road, Haiku-Pauwela, HI (KHIHAIKU4)
Sunny with isolated showers in the morning, then partly sunny with scattered showers in the afternoon. Highs around 86 at the shore to 68 to 76 upcountry. Light winds becoming southwest around 10 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Sunday Night
Mostly cloudy with scattered showers. Haze. Lows around 71 at the shore to 55 to 61 upcountry. Light winds. Chance of rain 40 percent.
Partly sunny. Scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms in the morning, then showers likely and isolated thunderstorms in the afternoon. Haze through the day. Locally heavy rainfall possible. Highs 67 to 86. Light winds becoming west around 10 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain 70 percent.
Monday Night
Cloudy. Occasional showers and isolated thunderstorms in the evening, then showers likely and isolated thunderstorms after midnight. Haze through the night. Locally heavy rainfall possible. Lows 51 to 73. South winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to 30 mph. Chance of rain 90 percent.
Weather information provided by Weather Underground. Current as of 10/22/2017 10:05 PM
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