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Sliding Sands Trail

145 Reviews

Sliding Sands Trail

145 Reviews
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Haleakala National Park, Maui, HI 96768
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Clear Kayak and Snorkel Adventure from Kihei
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Clear Kayak and Snorkel Adventure from Kihei

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Get a new perspective on life under the sea with this adventure, which includes a clear kayak ride and a snorkeling trip. You'll head out to Makena Landing Park in Wailea, where you'll get to spot all sorts of local life, including coral and fish; if you're lucky, you might even see a sea turtle.
$115.60 per adult
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Piero C wrote a review Sep 2020
Kekaha, Hawaii284 contributions45 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Mike H wrote a review Mar 2020
Phoenix, Arizona1,791 contributions248 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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SMO2015 wrote a review Feb 2020
Canada1,885 contributions591 helpful votes
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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!
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Date of experience: July 2019
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jtbabi wrote a review Feb 2020
Erie, Pennsylvania402 contributions21 helpful votes
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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!
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Sassiersarah wrote a review Jan 2020
Presque Isle, Maine114 contributions27 helpful votes
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!
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Date of experience: January 2020
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