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Maui, Haleakala Crater

Impressions from a hike along the Sliding Sands Trail through the Haleakala Crater

Crater is considered to be 750.000 years old. It is still called "active" by the geologists, although the most recent eruption in its summit is estimated to have been between 800 and 1500 years ago. The last flank eruption occurred in year 1790 over the Keone'o'io (also known as Le Peruse Bay). Indeed, very recent for a volcano!

The hike brought me to the Ka Lu'u o ka O'o Vent ("Plunge of the Digging Stick.") This is a reasonable distance for a day hike in a short winter day. The hike is 2.5mi/4km in one direction, or 5mi/8km total. Elevation difference is -1400'/-427m. Park rangers rate the difficulty of this hike as "moderate".

The dimensions of everything at Haleakala is gigantic. In many cases only the size of people appearing on the images allow to recognize the real scale of this crater valley with its numerous Cones (or Vents.) More details are in the image narration. Walk through the images using the next link.

5-35 Haleakala National Park Entry
5-35 Haleakala National Park Entry
6-03-Molokai seen from Haleakala
6-03-Molokai seen from Haleakala
6-02 Overlooking Sliding Sands Trail, 9778'
6-02 Overlooking Sliding Sands Trail, 9778'
6-04 Overlooking Visitors Center
6-04 Overlooking Visitors Center
6-07 Touch of Ice on Maui
6-07 Touch of Ice on Maui
06-On Horizon Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea
06-On Horizon Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea
09-Descent into a Moon Landscape
09-Descent into a Moon Landscape
10-Ko'olau Gap, Hanakauhi (8907')
10-Ko'olau Gap, Hanakauhi (8907')
11-Haleakala generic view
11-Haleakala generic view
12-Ko'olau Gap, Hanakauhi (8907')
12-Ko'olau Gap, Hanakauhi (8907')
13-Kumu'iliahi Ridge
13-Kumu'iliahi Ridge
14-Sliding Sands Trail
14-Sliding Sands Trail
15-Descent
15-Descent
16-Keonehe'ehe'e Ridge
16-Keonehe'ehe'e Ridge
17-Pu'u Ali'i, 8189'
17-Pu'u Ali'i, 8189'
18-Keonehe'ehe'e Ridge
18-Keonehe'ehe'e Ridge
19-Visitors Center left above
19-Visitors Center left above
20-Ko'olau Gap
20-Ko'olau Gap
23-Keonehe'ehe'e Ridge
23-Keonehe'ehe'e Ridge
24-Sliding Sands Trail
24-Sliding Sands Trail
25-Three Cinder Cones
25-Three Cinder Cones
26-Ka Lu'u o ka O'o Vent, elevation 8326'
26-Ka Lu'u o ka O'o Vent, elevation 8326'
28-Hiker below Kumu'iliahi Ridge
28-Hiker below Kumu'iliahi Ridge
27-Haleakala rear part
27-Haleakala rear part
29-Haleakala rear part
29-Haleakala rear part
30-Kumu'iliahi Ridge
30-Kumu'iliahi Ridge
31-Trail to Kalu'u Cinder Cone
31-Trail to Kalu'u Cinder Cone
33-Ahinahina (Silversword)
33-Ahinahina (Silversword)
34-Ahinahina
34-Ahinahina
35-Distant Kaupo Gap and Cinder Cones
35-Distant Kaupo Gap and Cinder Cones
36-Ko'olau Gap
36-Ko'olau Gap
37-Haleakala rear part
37-Haleakala rear part
38-Kamoali'i and Pu'u o Maui
38-Kamoali'i and Pu'u o Maui
39-Trail to Kalu'u Cinder Cone
39-Trail to Kalu'u Cinder Cone
40-Horse Riders at the Ridge
40-Horse Riders at the Ridge
41-Cinder Cones
41-Cinder Cones
42-Slopes toward the Visitors Center
42-Slopes toward the Visitors Center
43-Ka Lu'u o ka O'o Vent
43-Ka Lu'u o ka O'o Vent
47-Optical Illusion at Kalu'u
47-Optical Illusion at Kalu'u
48-Inside the Kalu'u o ka O'o Vent
48-Inside the Kalu'u o ka O'o Vent
49-Narrow Ridge around Kalu'u
49-Narrow Ridge around Kalu'u
50-People at the Kalu'u
50-People at the Kalu'u
51-Kalu'u, People and Plants
51-Kalu'u, People and Plants
52-Kamoali'i Cinder Cone
52-Kamoali'i Cinder Cone
53-Kamoali'i and the Pu'u o Maui
53-Kamoali'i and the Pu'u o Maui
56-Tourist and a Stone Sculpture
56-Tourist and a Stone Sculpture
57-Kamoali'i and Pu'u o Maui
57-Kamoali'i and Pu'u o Maui
58-Keonehe'ehe'e Ridge
58-Keonehe'ehe'e Ridge
59-Hanakauhi (8907')
59-Hanakauhi (8907')
60-Ko'olau gap bottom detail
60-Ko'olau gap bottom detail
61-Haleakala Rear Part
61-Haleakala Rear Part
62-Vegetation on the Kalapawili Ridge
62-Vegetation on the Kalapawili Ridge
64-Looking up at the Visitors Center
64-Looking up at the Visitors Center
65-Ko'olau Gap
65-Ko'olau Gap
66-Moving away from Kalu'u
66-Moving away from Kalu'u
67-Getting Dark
67-Getting Dark
68-Look toward Kaupo Gap
68-Look toward Kaupo Gap
69-Cinder Cones and the Spur Trail
69-Cinder Cones and the Spur Trail
6-11-Ride down by bike!
6-11-Ride down by bike!
6-13 Kula Lodge
6-13 Kula Lodge