Haleakalā National Park
There are over 30,000 acres with many opportunities for you to explore ancient Hawaiian culture, a rainforest, hike the rugged landscape created by the volcano or camp at one of the parks two campgrounds; Kīpahulu and Hosmer Grove.
Stretching all the way from the coast and rising 10,023 feet above sea level, the park is home to Maui's highest peak. Visitors and locals alike wake up early to catch a glimpse of nature's hand painted original Maui sunrise from the summit of Haleakala; a truly unforgettable experience. It is stated over and over that no matter how many times you witness this incredible event, there are no two alike. Not to be out done, Haleakala's sunsets and the bright, starry skies at night present a pretty challenging rival for those glorious mornings on the summit.
There is no better way to experience the natural phenomenon of Haleakalā National Park than exploring one of the many hiking trails.
There are over 30 miles (48 km) of hiking trails on the summit ranging from 10 minutes to an overnight trip or even an extended stay. Trails in the summit area are strenuous because the high-elevation and lower oxygen levels. If you have not hiked at this elevation before, be on the lookout for symptoms such as nausea, headache, dizziness, and shortness of breath. Temperatures are much cooler at the summit and range from 30 to 65 degrees F (-1 to +18 degrees C).
Sliding Sands Trails is the perfect challenge on Maui for experienced hikers. The trail begins at the Haleakala Visitors Center and descends 2,800 feet to the valley floor in the first four miles of the hike. If you continue the trail, you will reach Kapalaoa cabin for a total of 5.6 miles or Paliku cabin at 10.4 miles. Learn More...
It is recommended on the way back that you take Halemau’u Trail due to the steepness of Keoneheehee Trail. Although not for inexperienced hikers, you will find breathtaking views like nowhere else on the island. Be sure to bring plenty of water, snacks and all necessary supplies.
Kīpahulu Area- (near Hana)
There are 3 miles (4.8km) of trails through the densely green lush, tropical coastal area just 12 miles south of Hāna. You have your choice of trails in this area including Pipiwai Trail a 4-mile (round trip) trail that bends its way through streams and a rainforest with views of waterfalls and other natural beauty. Because of the 800-foot elevation change each way, this trail is considered moderately strenuous. Learn More…
In contrast to the summit area, the Kīpahulu area temperatures are usually warm and humid. Crossing streams that are flooded can be dangerous. Learn more about the weather here…
Polipoli Spring State Recreation Area & Forest Reserve
at 7000 feet above sea level, this area provides some of the most sweeping magical views of West Maui, Lani, Molokai and Kaho’olawe in clear weather. Amateur hikers will find trails ranging from .6 miles to 1.7 miles in length through redwood trees, plum trees and native flora and fauna. Learn More…
Download a hiking guide to Haleakala National Park
Whatever activities you choose, there are a few things to keep in mind.
- The Summit and Kīpahulu Districts are remote. It can take an ambulance up to 45 minutes to arrive at either district.
- The road to the summit does not have any street lights.
- It takes about 1.5 hours from Kahului to reach the summit
- The weather is very unpredictable and often below freezing in the early morning hours. Bring warm clothing.
- There is no food, beverages, or gasoline in the park.
"An out of this world experience as you ascend above the clouds to see the masterpiece of nature exhibited before your very eyes."