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On this guided Haleakala Crater hike, experience the silent, almost lunar beauty of this 10,000 ft (3,048m), dormant volcano. During your 4-mile (6.4km) Haleakala Crater hike, your informative guide will discuss the history of Maui’s tallest peak—from its sacred place in Hawaiian mythology to its geological wonders. Gaze around at colorful cinder cones that spring from the crater floor, and look for endangered plants and wildlife like nene geese or silverswords. Hotel transport is conveniently provided, as are lunch and snacks.

Highlights

  • Explore Maui during a 7-hour hike through Haleakala Crater
  • Uncover the hidden beauty of the crater, including breathtaking desert scenery
  • Nosh on the provided lunch and snacks
  • Round-trip transport from your Maui hotel available

What You Can Expect

Haleakala Crater Hike

Hike Haleakala Crater

Your Haleakala Crater hike begins when your guides arrive at your hotel pickup, conveniently offering transport up towards the mountain’s 10,000 ft (3,048m) summit. Over the course of this moderately difficult, 4-mile (6.2km) hike through the crater, the same guides will share local wisdom on the mountain’s history and ecology, and keep you safe, well fed, and informed of the mountain’s magic.

This National Park has more endangered species than any other park in America, and is a place that Native Hawaiians consider a sacred home to the gods. In addition to archaeological sites, visitors might encounter endangered birds such as nene geese or petrels, and walk past blooming silverswords that spring from the rocky terrain.

Towards the beginning of this Haleakala Crater hike, stop to acclimate at 8,000 feet along a thin, lava-strewn trail, where you’ll also enjoy some hearty snacks with a view of the crater floor. Next, continue up towards 10,000 ft (3,048m), summit, where you’ll hike towards cinder cones bursting from the Earth with a serene, multihued beauty. There’s a mystical silence up here in the crater that’s only broken by the wind, and occasionally the sound of volcanic cinder as it crunches beneath your feet.

Before you’re finished hiking Haleakala, be sure to take a long look around to savor the mountain scenery, and fill up your camera with dozens of photos to help your remember the beauty. Eventually, this seven-hour hiking adventure ends with a ride down the mountain, and convenient transport back to your hotel for a shower and hard-earned rest.

Customer Reviews

Randy J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

We had a wonderful time. The crater was spectacular, lunch was great, very organized. But the best part was our guide. She was friendly, fun, engaging, and taught us so much about the history of the island, the flora and fauna, and the Hawaiian culture. My kids said it was their best day on the island!!

Rachel B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

Very informative guides on a host of subjects, including the National Park itself, as well as wildlife, birds plant species, and even pronunciation of Hawaiian language.

William O

1 star rating: I do not recommend this April 2016

It wasn't the horrid weather, that was just bad luck. However the tour guide felt he had to make up the time by driving around to assorted small tourist towns. It was an incredibly boring experience. We should have been allowed to simply return to our hotels.

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