Sliding Sands Out-and-Back
ElevationAscent: 1,239' 378 m
Descent: -1,239' -378 m
High: 9,769' 2,978 m
Low: 8,535' 2,602 m
GradeAvg Grade: 11% (6°)
Max Grade: 21% (12°)
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“Challenge yourself on a spectacularly unique and scenic romp through a lunar landscape.”— Megan W
Family Friendly With the option to make this as short or as long of an out and back excursion as the kids can handle, this trail is a great option for kids to see the amazing sights of the park.
Contour along the hillside, with views of the hillsides stretching out before you. Also, keep an eye open for the rare and beautiful Silverswords along the way. Silverswords live between 3 and 90 years or more. They flower once, sending up a spectacular flowering stalk, and then die soon afterward, scattering drying seeds to the wind. At about 2 miles, you'll pass between tall shattered-looking rock formations, the only shade you'll experience on this excursion.
For this out-and-back option, turn around at the rock formation and head back the way you came. Hikers have the option to make this as long (or as short) of an out-and-back hike as they would like as the Sliding Sands Trail continues on for another 6 miles from this turnaround point. Be sure to take frequent breaks on the climb back up, the loose soil and elevation will make the ascent more taxing.
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Land Manager: National Park Service - Haleakalā