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Sliding Sands Trail

Hawaii > Maui > Makawao
Summary
Length19 mi
Elev. Gain2800 ft
Difficulty4 / 5
Rating10 / 10
TypeView
This trail will take you through the Haleakala National Park and help you discover local flora. You can begin the trail on the top of Maui's highest peak before you descend to a land of lava pours and cinder cones.

You should begin the hike at 10,000 feet and descend the edge of the crater to reach a desolate land. You will come across the green slopes of the Koolau Gap in the north. After crossing a mile you would find a small cape from where you can see the huge depression marked with cinder cones and lava pours.

After descending for sometime you would get closer to the floor, where you will notice the lava formations and naturally formed dried lava walls. At 1.85 miles you will reach the junction with the Ka Lu'uoka O'o spur trail. Then go back to the main trail and turn left as it parallels the lava flowing path. Descend down into the crater till you reach an unnamed trail junction. Pass it and you need to walk 1.9 miles to the Kapalaoa cabin. Move into a rainforest and turn east over Kaupo Gap and descend down to the Paliku cabin.
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Best time to go
The best time to go is in the middle of the week when the crowd is less.

Cost
$10 per car or $5 per person

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Hike Featured In...
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Trailhead Location
GPS Coordinates:
20° 42.866' N
156° 15.051' W

Driving Directions:
You need to take Route 37 from Kahului and pass through Route 377 and Route 378 to reach the entrance of the Haleakala National Park. You have to trek to the Haleakala Visitor Center which is below the peak and the trail head is near the entrance of the lot.
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Weather Report for Kula, HI
Occasional showers and slight chance of thunderstorms. Haze. Locally heavy rainfall possible. Highs around 79 at the shore to 60 to 66 upcountry. West winds up to 10 mph shifting to the north around 10 mph late in the morning, then becoming light early in the afternoon becoming northeast around 10 mph late in the afternoon. Chance of rain near 100 percent.
Currently
Temperature: 67.8° F
Relative Humidity: 91%
Pressure: 29.85"
Dew Point: 65.1° F

Winds from the North at -9999.0 mph gusting to -999.0 mph

Precipitation

Sunrise: 5:55 AM
Sunset: 6:49 PM
Weather reported from Wailea Alanui Drive, Kihei, HI (KHIKIHEI17)
Forecast
Tonight
Cloudy with showers likely and slight chance of thunderstorms. Haze. Lows around 63 at the shore to 48 to 53 upcountry. Southeast winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 70 percent.
Monday
Mostly cloudy with showers likely and slight chance of thunderstorms. Haze. Highs around 87 at the shore to 68 to 74 upcountry. East winds up to 10 mph. Chance of rain 60 percent.
Monday Night
Mostly cloudy with scattered showers and slight chance of thunderstorms. Haze. Lows 48 to 70. East winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Tuesday
Mostly cloudy with showers likely. Haze. Highs 68 to 90. South winds up to 10 mph. Chance of rain 60 percent.
Weather information provided by Weather Underground. Current as of 4/30/2017 4:53 AM
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