Trail 3: Halemau'u Trail

PROFILE


 

  

 CLEARED - 08.25.2006

 RATING: DIFFICULT

 LENGTH: 7h OW.

 

 CLASS: CRATER, RIDGE

 LOCALE: MAKAWAO, 96768

 DIRECTIONS: HALEAKALA NATIONAL PARK

 ACCESS: OPEN

 

 

 

 

 

 

ONE WAY DISTANCE (MI.): 9.8
ALT VARIATION (FT.): 6394 - 8038

TRACK LOG: TRAIL003
START COORDINATE: 2043.071N, 15608.518W
END COORDINATE: 2045.139N, 15613.707W

 

DESCRIPTION: THE HALEMAU'U TRAIL ASCENT TO THE PARK ROAD BEGINS A MILE WEST FROM PALIKU CABIN AND OFFERS A CLOSER VIEW OF THE CRATER FLOOR WHILE DISPLAYING AN AMAZING CONTRAST OF COLORS BETWEEN CINDER CONES AND THE BORDERING HALEAKALA CRATER RIM.
HALEMAU'U IS A DRY, SANDY, DIRT TRAIL THAT IS WELL DEFINED AND MARKED. THE TRAIL HITS THE HOLUA CABIN WHICH IS LOCATED ABOUT 4 MILES FROM THE PARK ROAD. 

THE RARE SILVERSWORD PLANT, WHICH IS ENDEMIC TO HALEAKALA NP, CAN BE SEEN ALONG BOTH THE HALEMAU'U AND SLIDING SANDS TRAIL.

HALEAKALA'S HIGH ELEVATION CREATES A UNIQUE ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITION FOR A HAWAIIAN TRAIL. WITH THE CLOUDS BELOW YOU THERE IS LITTLE PROTECTION AGAINST THE HARSH SUN AND THE THIN AIR WILL REQUIRE HARDER BREATHING ESPECIALLY ON A STRENUOUS TREK. HOWEVER THE COOL TEMPERATURES AT THIS ALTITUDE SEEM TO KEEP YOU REASONABLY COMFORTABLE.

 

 

 


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