Sliding Sands Trail

Sliding Sands Trail, Haleakala National Park: Address, Sliding Sands Trail Reviews: 5/5

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Amy T
Columbia, SC89 contributions
May 2022
We only hiked a few miles due to limited time but WOW what an awesome experience. You are inside a volcano! Not very difficult. Had no trouble with slipping and sliding as some say.
Written 14 June 2022
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chowso
Gloucester, UK1 172 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
Even if you just do a small part of this trail it’s worth it. We walked down for an hour then came back - the closer you get to the cinder cones the more colour you can see in the crater. It’s an easy descent but much harder coming back up as it’s sandy and the ground shifts under your feet. We are quite fit but found it taxing on the way back, in no small part due to the thinner air. Also had to stop a few times to empty sand from my shoes.
Written 7 June 2022
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NC0114
Sheffield, UK67 contributions
Apr 2022
Awesome moonscape; very photogenic, but it’s hard work hiking back up, so do allow for this additional time when planning your time here.
Written 21 May 2022
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WPLandry
Fairfax, VA516 contributions
Dec 2021
The trail itself is pretty easy. It is high altitude so take it slow to avoid becoming too winded. The sights are incredible. The craters and the colors are quite impressive. It's definitely worth your time and effort.
Written 4 April 2022
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robert-not-home
Boston, MA2 249 contributions
Jan 2022
The trail isn't too difficult, but you are at about 9,000 feet so the air is thinner and the temperatures lower so dress warmly. Was about 45F when I was there and very strong winds so glad I had a warm coat and long pants. The scenery on this hike is breathtakingly beautiful in a stark way. So barren but yet so stunning, definitely worth your time.
Written 6 January 2022
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Sammiches
Dallas, TX291 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
This was a stunning hike with incredible views! Be aware that the hike down is way easier than the hike back up. It can be cold and windy so dress in layers and bring plenty of water. The hike back up is treacherous as it’s easy to get winded because of the thin air. Give yourself plenty of time to make it back up. It took nearly twice as long for the ascent back up the trail, but absolutely worth it!
Written 30 August 2021
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RoadwarriorTammy
Denver, CO7 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
We’re athletic hikers in our 60’s. Pay attention to how far you want to go down, cuz the coming up is a lot harder! Incredible landscape that changed with every switchback. Bring fleece or raincoat, water, food. Wear hiking boots. Slippery sand!!
Written 10 August 2021
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Jeremy L
Grapevine, TX337 contributions
Jul 2021 • Family
Hiked 1 mile down into the Haleakala volcanic crater. There is beauty in the desolation! Silver sword! The only place on the planet to see this plant! 1 mile back up at 10k feet and 570 ft of elevation change had my heart jackhammering.

Trail is easy to navigate and nothing treacherous or slippery. Shifting sands is appropriately named as it is loose gravel throughout but very stable footing assuming you don’t run.

Just remember - going down is easy so the desire to keep going persists, however you have to climb back him and while it may look like flat spot there really isn’t. I used my adidas walking app to track my distance of 1 mile down figuring that was a good goal for getting back up. At 53yrs young, I wouldn’t want to sign up for more.

Enjoy this hike! Despite my 22yr old and 16yr old grousing about a hike. They were glad they did it.
Written 16 July 2021
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Lourdes70
Cleveland, OH62 contributions
Jul 2021
The sliding sands trail was the highlight of our trip! You feel like you're on another planet. We arrived around 8:30 AM. It was not crowded at that time. We hiked 1 hour down and 2 hours uphill for the return. We would definitely want to do this again if we return to Maui.
Written 14 July 2021
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Martha Simpson
Los Angeles, CA9 contributions
Jun 2021
need to be in decent shape. fantastic moonscape feel in this volanic crater. 10,000 feet about sea level.
Written 3 July 2021
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