Haleakala National Park is Mauis most-visited attraction, considered a sacred spot by many locals, bringing in 1.3 million visitors annually. Haleakala, the worlds largest dormant volcano, literally means House of the Sun, a fitting name considering the spectacular sunrises that can be viewed from the summit. Sands Trail/Halemauu Trail is 11.2 miles (18kms) from the summit into the crater. At 10,000 feet, you begin to note the first tufts of Ahinahina, the silver sword, a marvelously hardy vestige of plant life. Hawaiian natives consider this a sacred place. This special place vibrates with stories of ancient and modern Hawaiian culture and protects the bond between the land and its people. The park also cares for endangered species, some of which exist nowhere else. Come visit this special place - renew your spirit amid stark volcanic landscapes and sub-tropical rain forest with an unforgettable hike through the Haleakala crater.
The 11.2 mile hike is challenging. This is a full day tour starting at 10,000 ft and hiking down to the crater basin On the Halemauu Trail to the Holua Cabin for refreshments and healthy snacks before starting the 4 mile finish up the switchbacks to 8,000 feet. This Hike has 2 guides the driver drops group off at summit, then goes down to the Halemau Trail head and hikes down switches to set up snacks at the Halau cabin. From there the group heads up to the switchbacks with one guide with the guest all times and one guide standing nearby. This experience includes picnic style lunch during the hike.