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Leleiwi Overlook

Haleakalā National Park

Maui, Hawai'i

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Leleiwi Overlook

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  • Don't forget to look down and observe the rich plant life that lives in these harsh conditions.- Leleiwi Overlook
  • The Leleiwi Overlook is worth the quick stop on your drive up the mountain.- Leleiwi Overlook
  • If you are stuck in a cloud at this elevation, don't worry. You might drive above the clouds once you get to the summit.- Leleiwi Overlook
  • Many plants found nowhere else in the world grow on the flanks of Haleakalā.- Leleiwi Overlook
  • Watch closely for rainbows emerging from the clouds.- Leleiwi Overlook
  • The trail to the Leleiwi Overlook.- Leleiwi Overlook
  • There's a wind screen at the overlook so that so you can enjoy this view from behind a plexiglas barrier.- Leleiwi Overlook
  • Enjoy the solitude while you can. Many visitors will skip this stop on their rush to the summit.- Leleiwi Overlook
  • It can be cold and windy along the trail.- Leleiwi Overlook
  • The mountain makes its own weather.- Leleiwi Overlook
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Quick viewpoint hike.
Cons: 
Can be very windy.
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Region:
Maui, HI
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
No
Net Elevation Gain: 
50.00 ft (15.24 m)
Parking Pass: 
National Park Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
0.50 mi (0.80 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
8,840.00 ft (2,694.43 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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The island of Maui is dominated by Haleakalā, a volcano that stands at over 10,000 feet above sea level. On your way driving up the long series of switchbacks, there are a couple of places to pull off the road and catch a glimpse of the crater.

At the Leleiwi Overlook, there is a quarter-mile hiking path that leads to a sturdy windbreak. From there, you can look down into a huge depression containing cinder cones and ancient lava flows that are frozen in time. What may look like a crater is actually an erosional valley formed by wind and water carrying rock and soil away from the volcano's summit. 

Along the path you'll see plants that are unique to this volcanic ecosystem. Members of the pea, geranium and coffee families live along the trail to the overlook. While their flowers, leaves and seeds resemble their mainland relatives, these plants are especially adapted to life on the volcano.

Remember to bring a jacket and a warm layer on this short hike. You are nearly at 9,000 feet of elevation. Air temperatures are considerably colder here than on the beaches far below, and the constant wind makes the air feel even colder.

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