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Pa'kaoao trail

Hawaii > Maui > Makawao
Summary
Length5 mi
Elev. Gain300 ft
Difficulty1 / 5
Rating7 / 10
TypeView
This is a short trail to the peak of Pa Kaoao which is one of the highest view points in Haleakala National Park. Cinder cones, volcanic ashes and hardened lava flows make up the scenery of this trail.

You begin your trail from the Visitor Center and ascend through the side of Haleakala's cinder cone heading towards the south. You will see the Peak Observation Center and the Puu Ulaula cinder cone to the right. Follow the path as it evades the bottom edge of the cone. Turn left and start climbing the cone.

You will see the Sliding Sands Trail to your right towards the south. Continue climbing the path as it loops and turn left to reach the top of the bowl shaped peak of the cone. From there you can see the Haleakala wilderness and the bottom of the huge basin. In the distance you may also be able to see the tallest peaks of Big Island. Now climb down and go back to the starting point.
Users
Hikers

Best time to go
Throughout the year. The best time to go is during the sunrise or sunset.

Cost
$10 per car or $5 per person

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Trailhead Location
GPS Coordinates:
20° 42.89' N
156° 14.992' W

Driving Directions:
You need to take Route 37 from Kahului to Route 377 and finally to Route 378 to reach the trail head that starts at the second Haleakala Visitor Center which is below the peak.
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Weather Report for Kula, HI
Mostly sunny. Isolated showers in the afternoon. Highs around 91 at the shore to 72 to 78 upcountry. East winds up to 10 mph shifting to the west in the late morning and early afternoon, then shifting to the southwest late in the afternoon. Gusts up to 30 mph. Chance of rain 20 percent.
Currently
Temperature: 87.1° F
Relative Humidity: 56%
Pressure: 30.06"
Dew Point: 69.5° F

Winds from the NE at 19.7 mph gusting to -999.0 mph

Precipitation
Today: 0.00"

Sunrise: 5:46 AM
Sunset: 7:09 PM
Weather reported from Paia Town, Paia, HI (KHIPAIA6)
Forecast
Tonight
Mostly clear. Isolated showers in the evening. Lows around 70 at the shore to 54 to 59 upcountry. East winds up to 10 mph with gusts to 30 mph. Chance of rain 20 percent.
Tuesday
Sunny. Isolated showers in the afternoon. Highs around 89 at the shore to 70 to 76 upcountry. East winds up to 10 mph shifting to the west in the late morning and early afternoon, then shifting to the east late in the afternoon. Gusts up to 30 mph. Chance of rain 20 percent.
Tuesday Night
Mostly clear. Isolated showers in the evening, then scattered showers after midnight. Lows 52 to 75. East winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to 30 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Wednesday
Mostly sunny. Breezy. Scattered showers in the morning, then isolated showers in the afternoon. Highs 69 to 89. East winds 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Weather information provided by Weather Underground. Current as of 6/26/2017 12:23 AM
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