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Sliding Sands

If you’re looking for a great Haleakala summit hike- one that just may be the best Haleakala summit hike, in fact- then Sliding Sands Trail is the perfect trek.

photo: Sliding Sands Trail, Haleakala Crater. Photo by NPS.

Length: 7.50 miles
Loop Trail? No
Agency: National Park Service
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

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Location: In Haleakala National Park, joins visitor center to Oili Puu cinder cone.
State(s): Hawaii
Counties:
Longitude: -156.25072
Latitude: 20.7145

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Description

This extremely strenuous trail descends 2,800 ft. in the first 4 miles to the valley floor. The Keoneheehee (Sliding Sands) Trail starts at the bulletin board by the entrance to the Haleakala Visitor Center parking lot. For a good half-day (and yet still moderately strenuous) hike, we recommend the first 2.5 miles of the trail to the Ka Lu'u o ka O'o cinder cone before turning around and taking the trail back out. The round trip is a 5-mile trek, and given the elevation, it'll feel like it's longer. The final climb back up Haleakala's crater rim will also be more than enough hike for one day. Total elevation gain/loss between the trailhead and the cinder cone is approximately 1,400 ft.

Additional Details

Primary Surface: Not Available
Secondary Surface: None
Elevation Low Point: Not Available
Elevation High Point: Not Available
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:
1982

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Website: NPS Haleakala National Park Hiking Information

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail management:
Peter Kafka
Haleakala National Park
P.O. Box 369
Makawao , HI 96768

 

Photos

Sliding Sands Trail, Haleakala Crater. Photo by NPS.

Sliding Sands Trail, Haleakala Crater. Photo by NPS.

Sliding Sands trail Haleakala National Park, Maui, Hawaii. Photo by NPS.

Sliding Sands trail Haleakala National Park, Maui, Hawaii. Photo by NPS.

 

Silene struthioloides (habit). Location: Maui, Sliding Sands Haleakala National Park.

Silene struthioloides (habit). Location: Maui, Sliding Sands Haleakala National Park.

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