Haleakala Hiking Trails
One of the most beautiful places in Hawaii is Haleakala National Park. A great way to experience this dormant volcano is Haleakala Hiking Trails. We laced up our hiking shoes and headed to Haleakala National Park to explore the crater.
We began our day at the 10,000 ft summit.
After checking out the Haleakala Visitor Center we decided to hike Keonehe’ehe’e Trail also known as Sliding Sands Trail. As we began the hike we were mesmerized but the lunar landscape of Haleakala Crater.
We were treated a variety of color and contrast. The scenic landscape of volcanic cinders and boulders made us feel like we were walking on Mars.
We enjoyed seeing the Haleakala silverswords. These endemic plants are only found in Haleakala National Park.
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We followed the trail for almost 3.9 miles and a elevation change of nearly 2500 feet. If hiking Sliding Sands Trail down remember that your descent is the amount you will hike out in the end. Allow for twice the time hiking to get back to the top. For example if you hike down for one hour expect it to take at least two hours to hike back to the top for a total Halekala hiking time of three hours.
Haleakala Hiking Tips:
- Dress in layers. The weather changes quickly so be prepared for a variety of temperatures as well as rain gear.
- Bring snacks.
- Bring plenty of water
- Wear sturdy shoes
- Wear sunscreen, a hat and/or sunglasses
- Be aware that Haleakala Hiking Trails are strenuous in the Summit Area because the high-elevation causes a lower concentration of oxygen in each breath.
Have you ever experienced Haleakala Hiking? Which Haleakala Trails are your favorite?