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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 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: 69.2° F
Relative Humidity: 1%
Pressure: 30.01"
Dew Point: -36.0° F

Winds from the East at 4.0 mph gusting to 9.0 mph

Last Hour: 0.00"
Today: 0.26"

Sunrise: 6:22 AM
Sunset: 5:56 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 10:16 PM
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