Photographer's Note

This is part two to my Haleakala photos. This photo shows a little better the dome and the hiking trail. The information following this is about hiking inside the crater itself that I found at this website: http://www.botanical-journeys-plant-guides.com/hiking-haleakala.html

Have a great day everyone...........Buddy

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?

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.

Dehydration caused by the thin, dry air at high elevations contributes to the illness so be sure to go into any Haleakala hike well hydrated and carry an ample supply of water with you.

Learn the symptoms of acute mountain sickness. If, while ascending, you begin to feel as if you have the flu or a hangover, descend immediately. Altitude sickness is serious and can be fatal. The only reliable cure is to descend.

The best way to prevent it is to ascend slowly when hiking Haleakala.

Always check current Haleakala weather conditions at one of the visitor centers before going out. You can also pick up a free map of Haleakala hiking trails there.

No supplies of any kind are available at the summit. Don't forget any essentials: water, sunblock, sunglasses, critical medications, food, camera, etc.
Pets are not allowed on the trails and hikers are admonished to stay on the trails. Endangered insects live beneath the rocks surrounding the trails. If you step on a rock, you may be crushing these creatures.
If you are pregnant or have a heart or respiratory condition, check with your personal physician before hiking in the summit area.

The summit is cold (30-65 degrees F.) and rainy while the weather at the crater floor is warm and humid. Dress in layers.

Wear shoes appropriate to the terrain when hiking Haleakala. In the summit area, you will be hiking on volcanic gravel and soft cinders. This is easier to walk on than beach sand but the beach is the best place to test your hiking boots before deciding which ones to wear when hiking Haleakala.

If you should encounter a flooding stream in the Kipahulu area, do not attempt to cross it.

Trails Rated Easy:

Hosmer's Grove Trail - 0.6 miles round trip
Pa Kaoao Trail - 0.5 miles round trip

Moderately Difficult Trail:

Pipiwai Trail - 4 miles round trip

Strenuous Trails:

Halemau'u Trail - 21 miles round trip.
Sliding Sands Trail - 19 miles round trip

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