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Hike Category: Hikes
The summit area of Haleakala National Park has over 30 miles (48 km) of hiking trails. Trails range from just 10 minutes to long overnight trips.
PA KAOAO TRAIL This short trail (less than .5 mile round trip) leads to the top of Pa Kaoao, a small cinder cone. The trail offers one of the highest vantage points in the park and gives spectacular views of the wilderness of the volcano. Stone shelters built by the early Hawaiians that explored Haleakala long ago are still visible from the trail. The trail starts just outside of the House of the Sun Visitor Center at 9,740 feet.
The House of the Sun Visitor Center has a nice panoramic window overlooking the crater with many interesting posters and plaques full of information about the volcano and natural areas. Kids can check in with a ranger in the visitor center and receive a free Junior Ranger Workbook that they can fill out during a guided tour. By completing the workbook a child has the opportunity to be sworn in as a Junior Ranger!
Here is the link to the hiking map.
Be aware, pets are prohibited on all trails. No food, supplies, or gas are available in the park, although there are very nice bathrooms available. UV rays are very strong at this elevation, don’t forget sunblock and a hat for added protection!
Entrance to the national park is $15 per car, you may want to look into purchasing an annual pass for only $25 depending on how many Hawaii National Parks you plan to visit in a year.