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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
Mostly cloudy. Frequent showers and slight chance of thunderstorms in the evening, then scattered showers and slight chance of thunderstorms after midnight. Haze through the night. Locally heavy rainfall possible. Lows around 66 at the shore to 50 to 56 upcountry. East winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to 30 mph. Chance of rain 80 percent.
Currently
Temperature: 69.4° F
Relative Humidity: 88%
Pressure: 30.02"
Dew Point: 66.0° F

Winds from the ESE at 4.0 mph gusting to 14.0 mph

Precipitation
Last Hour: 0.00"
Today: 0.02"

Sunrise: 6:50 AM
Sunset: 6:26 PM
Weather reported from Haiku, Maui Upper West Kuiaha Road, Haiku-Pauwela, HI (KHIHAIKU4)
Forecast
Friday
Haze in the morning. Partly sunny with scattered showers and slight chance of thunderstorms. Locally heavy rainfall possible. Highs around 83 at the shore to 60 to 70 upcountry. East winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to 30 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Friday Night
Mostly cloudy with scattered showers. Lows around 65 at the shore to 50 to 55 upcountry. East winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to 30 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Saturday
Partly sunny in the morning then becoming mostly sunny. Scattered showers. Highs 54 to 83. East winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to 30 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Saturday Night
Mostly cloudy with scattered showers in the evening, then partly cloudy with isolated showers after midnight. Lows 47 to 69. East winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to 30 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Weather information provided by Weather Underground. Current as of 2/22/2018 6:50 PM
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