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Haleakala Crater Hike

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    What to Expect
    Your Haleakala Crater hike begins at the Maui Park n’ Ride. Over the course of this moderately difficult, 4-mile (6.2km) hike through the crater, the same guides will share local wisdom on the mountain’s history and ecology, and keep you safe, well fed, and informed of the mountain’s magic.

    This National Park has more endangered species than any other park in America and is a place that Native Hawaiians consider a sacred home to the gods. In addition to archaeological sites, visitors might encounter endangered birds such as nene geese or petrels, and walk past blooming silverswords that spring from the rocky terrain.

    Towards the beginning of this Haleakala Crater hike, stop to acclimate at 8,000 feet along a thin, lava-strewn trail, where you’ll also enjoy some hearty snacks with a view of the crater floor. Next, continue up towards 10,000 ft (3,048m), summit, where you’ll hike towards cinder cones bursting from the Earth with serene, multihued beauty. There’s a mystical silence up here in the crater that’s only broken by the wind, and occasionally the sound of volcanic cinder as it crunches beneath your feet.

    Before you’re finished hiking Haleakala, be sure to take a long look around to savor the mountain scenery, and fill up your camera with dozens of photos to help you remember the beauty. Eventually, this hiking adventure ends with a ride down the mountain and transport back to Kahului with a camera full of breathtaking photos.
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    Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

    The views of the volcano were fantastic. It almost looked fake. The first hike at 8000 feet was definitely harder. Elevation was not bad but very rocky. We were told by our guide Tony it was level so we did not bring our sticks. The...More

    Thank H5164QOjimh
    HeidiP1921, General Manager at Hike Maui, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

    Aloha H5164QOjimh, Glad you mostly enjoyed your trip to Haleakala Crater with Hike Maui! It really is a sight to behold, as you experienced first hand. But we regret the overall experience didn't quite meet your expectations. Hope you'll come back sometime and give us...More

    Reviewed 17 December 2018

    We went a beautiful sunny clear day. Great views. Temperature hardly changed. It you have a closed bottle of water notice how blowed out it is at the top due to atomspheric pressure change. We opened an e!pty bottle at the top and watched it...More

    Date of experience: December 2018
    Thank Sabrina R
    Reviewed 11 December 2018

    We were picked up by our shuttle driver at our hotel at 8am and taken to the park and ride where we met our guide, Sean, and the rest of the group. From there, Sean drove us to the Summit building at the peak of...More

    Date of experience: December 2018
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    HeidiP1921, General Manager at Hike Maui, responded to this reviewResponded 12 December 2018

    Aloha SMonica310, Thanks so much for your detailed, and very complimentary review of your Haleakala Crater Hike with Sean! So happy you had such a great time with cooperative weather. Your comments and advice will be also be appreciated by people looking to do this...More

    Reviewed 4 December 2018

    Drive up the windy road to the top of Haleakala and you find awesome views of the dormant volcano and on a clear day you can see also Maura Kea and Maura Loa on the Big Island of Hawaii. Beautiful Silverswords dot the landscape. Listen...More

    Date of experience: December 2018
    Thank sun245
    HeidiP1921, General Manager at Hike Maui, responded to this reviewResponded 4 December 2018

    Aloha sun245, Thanks so much for your post! We think Haleakala is pretty awesome, too. It should definitely be on everyone's bucket list. Mahalo, Heidi Pool General Manager Hike Maui

    Reviewed 28 October 2018

    You could do this excursions by driving your own car up to Haleakala and do these two trail hikes on your own. We had booked a hike with Maui hike company and did not regret that. We very much appreciated that Hike Maui picked us...More

    Date of experience: October 2018
    Thank tourah
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