- Type: Hiking
NileGuide Expert Says:
Also known as "Switchbacks," this is the usual route back up out of the crater.
- This trail begins from the Haleakala Crater Road and leads ten miles into the Haleakala Crater and across the crater floor. The trailhead lies three and a half miles above Park Headquarters at an elevation of 8,000 foot. The first mile gradually descends through native shrub land to the valley rim. Two miles of switchbacks then descend 1,400 feet to the crater floor. At mile four along the trail you'll find Holua Cabin, which is available by reservation only. From Holua Cabin, Halemau'u Trail continues across the crater floor six more miles to Paliku Campground. At Paliku Campground Sliding Sands and Halemau`u trails join.