Sliding Sands Hike at Haleakala

Haleakala is a dormant volcano on the east side of Maui island. It’s a beautiful sight whether you’re down on the beach or up on top looking into the various craters.

Sunrise over Haleakala as seen from Kihei

During a visit to Maui in 2008 we took the Sunrise Bike Tour offered by the Haleakala Bike Company.  They take you up VERY early in the morning so you can see the sun rise over the summit.  You then bike your way down.  It’s an awesome experience and the bike ride, being all downhill, is nothing but fun.  (Don’t forget to stop at the Kula Lodge for breakfast.)

We decided we wanted to spend some additional time on Haleakala this visit so we drove up to the summit to hike the Sliding Sands trail.  The trail starts at the summit and the hike down is deceptively easy.  It offers great views of what looks like a martian landscape of peaks and craters with amazing mix of rust colors and volcanic rocks.  Plan to take a little longer on the way back up as it definitely takes more effort than going down.  (Duh.)

View of Haleakala from the Summit

Troy and Tee at Haleakala

Later in the day we made our way to Little Beach in Makena with hopes of catching one of the amazing sunsets there.  It made for a relaxing afternoon but, sadly, there was too much cloud to allow for much of a sunset.

Sand Castle at Little Beach


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