2015 Maui Pride Special Hike

Posted by on Aug 16, 2015

Saturday October 3, 2015 8:00 AM to 1:30 PM

Aloha hikers!

hikingIf you’ve got some energy left after the Friday night Dance Party come join us for some fresh air, gentle exercise and gorgeous scenery on our special Maui Pride Hike!

We’ll be hiking just 2023 feet shy of the top of Haleakala at Haleamau’u Trail (The Switchbacks!).

The hike begins gently, with a slightly downhill walk through wide paths and native scrub. It’s a nice way to get your legs warmed up for the real test: the switchbacks, which descend about 1,000 feet until leveling off at the valley floor. Maui is even more gorgeous from this dramatic vantage point, and you’ll get some awesome bird-eye-views of remote Keanae Valley. The Haleamau’u Trail parking lot and trail head are at 8,000 feet marker, and the hike down to Holua Cabin is 3.7 miles each way. Our plan is to hike as far down the switch backs as our group feels comfortable.

Length: The full trail is 7.4 miles (3.7 each way) and as a group we will decide how far to go.
Elevation change: 1000 feet
Level of Difficulty: 3.5 / 4 of 5 This one is a great workout.


Water + extra water – 2-3 bottles, snack, rain jacket (in case) and sunscreen is a must, even when it’s chilly. The weather at this elevation can change suddenly (i.e. clouds, mist). That said, please come prepared. It can be chilly. Rain proof jacket, hiking boots or sturdy sneakers. Layering is your best defense, as will be a waterproof jacket. Comfort is key.

We will meet a little earlier for this one – 8AM (Please make note!)
Meet at Starbucks by Lowes – we will leave the parking lot by 8AM.

If you plan to meet us at the trail head, Halemau’u Trail is located inside Haleakala National Park. At approximately 14.2 miles up Highway 378, you’ll see the parking lot for Halemau’u Trail on the left across from the 8000 Foot Elevation Sign. We should get there by 9:30am. It is a little over an hour and 15 minute drive from Kahului to the Trailhead.
We should complete this hike by 1:30 pm-ish.

Want to join the group for Lunch afterward at Kula Lodge? Let us know if interested!

We hope to see you at Halemau’u Trail !
Happy Pride!

As always, by choosing to hike, all hikers accept responsibility for their own safety. This is a free, non-sponsored event (hike at your own risk) led by our own Hiking Master Jim and is open to all.

RSVP now and we’ll send you the remaining hike details as soon as they are confirmed.

RSVP deadline is past

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