Sliding Sands Trail

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

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Jeremy L
Grapevine, TX319 contributions
Beauty in the desolation
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, OH61 contributions
An Otherworldly Hike
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
Great for hikers!
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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Piero C
Kekaha, HI350 contributions
Once is not enough
Sep 2020 • Solo
The Sliding Sands Trail is only open partially, with a turn around after 1.5 miles, just enough to excite one’s taste for more. If the world returns to a pre-pandemic norm, ever, I aim to go further. If, however, you are a busy tourist with a jam-packed itinerary, you can get in a Haleakalā sunrise and a goodly hike and be finished by 9:00 AM, ready for more adventure elsewhere.
Written 7 September 2020
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Mike H
Phoenix, AZ1,842 contributions
Excellent
Feb 2020
Walking down here is eerie to me. First of all you're at 10000 feet so if you use the rule of thumb 1 hour down 2 hours up it is more like 3 because of the altitude unless you live in higher elevations. Make sure you have good shoes and warm clothes and a last worning don't go in the rain. The landscape is moonlike and pretty barren. We didn't do the entire trek but did enough to know a little of what to expect. We had clear weather but it was cold. Definitely huffed and puffed on the way back up.
Written 3 March 2020
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SMO2015
Canada1,873 contributions
Surreal vistas - amazing experience!
Jul 2019 • Couples
This was one of my favourite hikes - allow enough time for the descent into the volcano and notably the trek back up as we saw many a hiker slowly labour up the return journey. Bring water and sun cover. The views look so alien and extraterrestrial, as did the flora and fauna (the nenes and silver stars). A memorable experience!
Written 8 February 2020
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jtbabi
Erie, PA402 contributions
Clouds ruined it
Dec 2019 • Couples
I wish I could give this hike five stars! But our whole hike down was shrouded in cloud cover with only glimpses of the amazing view I know was right there! We planned on dedicating 3-4 hours to this hike and making it back to the summit in time for sunset. We hiked down for about and hour and a half and stopped when we decided that the clouds were not going to subside. Other ppl we passed said that the cloud cover was dense and not clearing but we were determined that it might clear up - it did not. The hike back up was no joke! I’m in better shape than my husband and it definitely took the wind out of me. We had to stop every few minutes for my husband to catch his breath bc he is much more effected by altitude change than I am. The sand colors were still amazing to see and some of the sights we saw between the clouds were worth it but overall it was a very difficult hike without much reward due to the clouds. I highly HIGHLY recommend hiking shoes (good sneakers at the very least) a lot of water a light jacket (LAYERS) and snacks if you plan on going deep into the hike!
Written 3 February 2020
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Sassiersarah
Houlton, ME113 contributions
Be Careful and Cautious!!!
Jan 2020 • Couples
So I’m just going to be honest here. My boyfriend and I really messed up regarding this hike and almost got seriously hurt. I’m writing this to advise others not to do the same. Our game plan was to hike about an hour down, plan for about two hours back up, and then watch the sunset. We are pretty active and young so no problem there. I had told my boyfriend it would most likely be very cold at the top (I had done some reading regarding the hike). I wore athletic leggings, sneakers, T shirt, and two coats (one a rain coat). He wore sneakers, jeans, T shirt, sweatshirt, and a rain coat. We have limited stuff with as we’re traveling for a few months so don’t have proper hiking gear. Where we messed up is you shouldn’t hike in jeans... which we know but just weren’t thinking. We walked about an hour down and the whole way was windy and rainy with no views. However, we passed a whole bunch of people on our way down, and a few of them said it had cleared up and they actually had gotten warm. So we had hope! We turned around at about an hour. About 15-20 min in on the way back, my boyfriend said he didn’t feel well. He had been going extremely slowly and I had been telling him to pick up the pace, not thinking anything was wrong. He sat down and couldn’t move his legs or body. He said he wasn’t going to be able to make it and we needed help. There was virtually no one around and we both had no cell service. I told him he had to try and had to get up and keep going, and at this point I’m absolutely terrified. We kept going and I kept encouraging him as we were still so far from the beginning. His face looked sallow and unwell, and he seemed very out of sorts and also scared. The whole way back we looked for anyone, but we didn’t pass a single person. The wind and rain got worse which didn’t even seem possible as it had already been horrible. He just kept saying he needed help. We couldn’t get through to 911. He had downloaded the map of the summit ahead of time, so I looked at it in between trying to call 911. I saw that we actually weren’t far from the trailhead. This news gave him a boost of energy and we made it back to the car. I REALLY thought I was going to have to run and get help and leave him as he was not himself and was so unwell. I don’t know what would have happened to him if I had to leave him. I’m sure this trail is beautiful on a normal day, and I feel bad giving it 1 star. I’m only doing so so people read my review and please be more careful than we were! We are normally very cautious travelers but we really messed up as well as got extremely unlucky. Please please be careful! This could have ended so much worse.
Also, just as a side note, he was 100% okay once we got to the car and got warmed up. It was just that we were completely soaked through and he was getting hypothermia. Just be careful!
Written 7 January 2020
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Jim Rogers
6 contributions
Beautiful sight, see for miles
Aug 2019
We were up on the mountain on a cloudy cool day. Was very interesting seeing the weather roll through. Actually walking in the clouds was pretty cool. When the sun popped through you could see for miles. Trail gets pretty monotonous after a while. Lots of the same sand and same scenery. Good trail, good walk.
Written 30 December 2019
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Samuel K
Manitoba, Canada172 contributions
Great Hike
Dec 2019 • Family
My family and had a fun time hiking this trail. After the Sliding Sands trail, we went to the cabin and then up to the parking lot. The trail was well marked. There was some loose sand and rocks poking out of the ground on the trail.
Written 18 December 2019
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