Although I haven't been jogging much lately, I'm in reasonable shape for hiking. This is a great hike and great way to spend a day on Maui as the views can be spectacular at times. Unless you have a National Parks pass, you'll pay $10 for a single day entry. You can search the web for hiking maps or pick up a good one (free) at the visitor center. I did the 12 mile hike as suggested parking at the Halemau'u Trailhead and hitching a ride to the top. In my light backpack, I carried a light jacket and some sports drink. The temperature was perfect for hiking and I never put my jacket on. Hiking this trail in this suggested direction, is mostly downhill or flat except for the last couple miles. When possible, I mildly jogged. But be warned, the trail has lots of small lava rocks 1 to 2 inches in diameter that have been "rounded" from hikers and what ever else has trekked up/down the trail. I turned my ankles several times just walking on them and dreaded the thought that it could happen deep into the trail where I only encountered a couple other hikers. Luckily that never happened. The steep hike portion back up the parking lot was nice and challenging...meaning that some of the step-ups are over 14-16 inches each. You're also on a shear cliff at times in this section...but again, the view is awesome. Just take your time and definitely don't trip/fall on this section of hike as it could be fatal. I was hoping to finish under 4 hours, but it ending up taking me just over 4 as I had a leg muscle start cramping a little bit...guess I didn't hydrate enough. I would think that if you wanted an even more challenging hike, you go the opposite direction...which means parking lower in altitude than your finish. But be warned, the last trail section going in the opposite direction is called the Keoneheehee trail which means "sliding sand". In other words, for every step forward, you're going to slide backwards a bit.
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