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Hiking Haleakala National Park

Haleakala National Park hiking is a fun and challenging way to see and experience one of the most scenic Hawaii National Parks.

The 27 miles of wilderness trails in the Haleakala National Park are subject to rapidly changing weather, terrain and topography and can be strenuous at the higher elevations due to the lack of oxygen; altitude sickness is a real concern. Average temperatures range between 40 degrees and 65 degrees F, but can dip below freezing at any time due to the wind-chill factor, so hypothermia is also a possibility.

Some of the best Hawaii hiking trails include the 4-mile Sliding Sands trail that descends 2,500 feet through a cinder desert to the valley floor, the 9-mile Halemauu Trail, which gradually descends through shrub-land to the valley rim then descends to the valley floor and the 4-mile, round-trip Papwai Trail, a moderately difficult hike through the rain forest to Waimoku Falls.