Sliding Sands Trail

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

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Piero C
Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina484 contributions
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 September 7, 2020
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jtbabi
Erie, PA403 contributions
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 February 3, 2020
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chowso
Gloucester, UK1,173 contributions
Couples
Even if you just do a small part of this trail it’s worth it. We walked down for an hour then came back - the closer you get to the cinder cones the more colour you can see in the crater. It’s an easy descent but much harder coming back up as it’s sandy and the ground shifts under your feet. We are quite fit but found it taxing on the way back, in no small part due to the thinner air. Also had to stop a few times to empty sand from my shoes.
Written June 7, 2022
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Jeremy L
Grapevine, TX344 contributions
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 July 16, 2021
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Sammiches
Dallas, TX295 contributions
Couples
This was a stunning hike with incredible views! Be aware that the hike down is way easier than the hike back up. It can be cold and windy so dress in layers and bring plenty of water. The hike back up is treacherous as it’s easy to get winded because of the thin air. Give yourself plenty of time to make it back up. It took nearly twice as long for the ascent back up the trail, but absolutely worth it!
Written August 30, 2021
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RoadwarriorTammy
Denver, CO7 contributions
Couples
We’re athletic hikers in our 60’s. Pay attention to how far you want to go down, cuz the coming up is a lot harder! Incredible landscape that changed with every switchback. Bring fleece or raincoat, water, food. Wear hiking boots. Slippery sand!!
Written August 10, 2021
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SMO2015
Canada1,873 contributions
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 February 8, 2020
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robert-not-home
Boston, MA2,256 contributions
The trail isn't too difficult, but you are at about 9,000 feet so the air is thinner and the temperatures lower so dress warmly. Was about 45F when I was there and very strong winds so glad I had a warm coat and long pants. The scenery on this hike is breathtakingly beautiful in a stark way. So barren but yet so stunning, definitely worth your time.
Written January 6, 2022
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Mike H
Phoenix, AZ1,913 contributions
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 March 3, 2020
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WPLandry
Fairfax, VA516 contributions
The trail itself is pretty easy. It is high altitude so take it slow to avoid becoming too winded. The sights are incredible. The craters and the colors are quite impressive. It's definitely worth your time and effort.
Written April 4, 2022
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