Hiking Haleakala safely. What to wear and take on a hike. How difficult are this mountain's hiking trails? Follow these instructions and hike Haleakala without fear.
Sunrise at the Crater
Trail Between the Crater Cones
Two areas in Haleakala National Park contain hiking trails. The majority of Haleakala hiking trails (30 miles worth) are in the summit area. An additional 10 miles of hiking trails can be found in the native shrubland of the Kipahulu area.
Which trails are safer?
Oheo Gulch Meets the Pacific
Waimoku Falls and Forest
The Kipahulu trails are safer simply because they are at a lower elevation. Hikers on these trails will not be in any danger of getting altitude sickness or acute mountain sickness.
The summit of Mount Haleakala is 10,000 feet above sea level. Altitude sickness becomes a concern at 8,000 feet. How healthy or well-conditioned someone when beginning the hike does not seem to have any bearing upon whether or not they will become ill.
The moonscape-like trails in the summit area are vastly different from the verdant terrain in Kipahulu so you may want to take the additional risk. Here's what you can do to stay safe:
Plants You Are Likely to See
Protea Grows in Hawaii, New Zealand, and South Africa
Silversword Grows Only on Mount Haleakala
Horseback Trail Ride
Trails Rated Easy:
Moderately Difficult Trail:
Haleakala Crater Maui
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