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Sliding Sands Trail

Hawaii > Maui > Makawao
Length19 mi
Elev. Gain2800 ft
Difficulty4 / 5
Rating10 / 10
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.

Best time to go
The best time to go is in the middle of the week when the crowd is less.

$10 per car or $5 per person

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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
Mostly clear. Haze. Lows around 67 at the shore to around 55 upcountry. South winds 10 to 15 mph.
Temperature: 67.1° F
Relative Humidity: 22%
Pressure: 29.92"
Dew Point: 27.0° F

Winds from the West at 2.0 mph gusting to 10.0 mph

Last Hour: 0.00"
Today: 0.00"

Sunrise: 6:52 AM
Sunset: 5:45 PM
Weather reported from Haiku, Maui Upper West Kuiaha Road, Haiku-Pauwela, HI (KHIHAIKU4)
Haze in the morning. Mostly sunny with a 20 percent chance of showers. Highs around 85 at the shore to 62 to 73 upcountry. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph.
Tuesday Night
Mostly cloudy with showers likely. Lows around 66 at the shore to 49 to 55 upcountry. Light winds becoming northeast up to 10 mph after midnight. Chance of rain 70 percent.
Mostly sunny with isolated showers. Highs 53 to 80. Northeast winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to 30 mph. Chance of rain 20 percent.
Wednesday Night
Mostly clear. Lows 44 to 66. Northeast winds 10 to 15 mph. Gusts up to 35 mph early in the morning.
Weather information provided by Weather Underground. Current as of 12/12/2017 0:06 AM
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