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November 12, 2005
From journal Marvelous Maui
November 25, 2002
From journal First trip to Maui
January 11, 2001
From journal Honeymoon In Maui
by Chris & Carinne
February 10, 2012
From journal The Last State
May 10, 2009
From journal Return to Paradise (Part 1) - Maui
Middle Village, New York
April 23, 2003
From journal Kahana Falls
January 2, 2006
We got up at about 2am to prepare for our drive up the mountain. We were told it would take longer than it did, but to be there by 5am.
The drive was very dark, and it rained at times as we passed though the rain forest belt. It was a bit scary at times, as you could not see where the drop off was, but you knew it was there. We had no problems, though, and just drove slowly. We arrived around 4am.
Take a blanket from your hotel and wear your warmest clothes. At an elevation of 10,023 feet, it is very, very cold. If you want to take pictures, you need to get your spot early, as it gets very crowded. There is a room you can go inside in order to view the scenery protected from the wind. However, I felt the picture would be better from outside.
After a very long wait, the sun finally started to peek over the horizon. It was beautiful and indescribable.
If you have a National Parks Pass, it applies to this park; otherwise, there is an entry fee. The gates are open but unattended in the early hours, and you pay in a box to the side. The gates are attended as you leave, so you could also pay then.
The drive down is slow due to all the bikers. Biking down the mountain is a popular sport. I would recommend someone do this once, because I would probably not do this a second time.
From journal Week 2 - Maui, HI
January 19, 2005
You can hike trails ranging from 10-minutes to overnight trips. Camping is available on a first come, first served basis. I would first stop at the visitors center for a free map of the trails. Please check their website for more information.
P.S. Keep your receipt for when you take the road to Hana. You can use the same fee to enter the seven sacred pools.
From journal Maui on a Budget
December 23, 2001
From journal Maui No Ka Oi
Port Angeles, Washington
May 26, 2003
The Sliding Sands trailhead starts at the Visitor Center near the Haleakala summit (10,023 feet). Looking into the valley a couple thousand feet below, there are at least a dozen cinder cones in dazzling colors of red, orange, brown, and purple. A great shorter hike (5 miles round-trip) goes down the Sliding Sands trail to Ka Lu’u o ka ‘O’o, the only cinder cone that has a trail going up it.
Instead, I chose to hike Sliding Sands to Halemau’u Trail. This is a nice distance of 11 miles, with a easy-cruisin 2500 feet of elevation loss, and a moderately strenuous 1400 elevation gain. I liked that it is a one-way hike, since I didn’t want to have to retrace my steps. The only problem was arranging a pickup at the ending trailhead. I was able to do so, but another option is to park at the Halemau’u trailhead in the morning and then try to hitchike up to the Visitor Center to start the hike.
Back at the Sliding Sands trail, I found my surroundings to resemble a moonscape. The valley is 2.5 miles wide and 7.5 miles long, most of it without vegetation. The few plants that I did see were SO beautiful, maybe because of the stark contrast.
The silversword is an endangered plant found only at Haleakala. I felt honored to be so close to such a special plant. It is distantly related to the sunflower, but you wouldn’t know by looking at it. The silvery leaves shimmer in the sun. They are sharp and pointed. The silversword flowers only once in it’s lifetime, then dies. I also saw Naenae shrubs, and an interesting crossbreed of the Silversword and Naenae.
Not far after the junction with the Ka Lu’u o ka ‘O’o trail is the turnoff for Halemau’u trail. I found myself still in a moonscape, with cinder cones closer and all around me. But after a couple miles, I found a new surprise.
The valley floor first changed to a more broken up, upheaved earth area, with a short side trail called Silversword Loop. After Silversword Loop, I’m suddenly in a grassland. This is the area near Holua, a cabin and campsite in the northwest area of the crater. I found this grassy area to be so pleasant, with a light breeze to cool me off and views out Ko’olau Gap toward the ocean.
Not as pleasant (but not too bad), was the two miles of switchbacks that I had to go up to end the hike. The switchbacks are fairly gradual, so not too painful, and with fine views before the end of the hike.
From journal West Maui Ocean Fun and Hiking Adventures