To thoroughly enjoy your backcountry experience at Haleakalā, whether it’s for an hour, a day, or multiple days, you need to be fully prepared. Here are helpful tips for hiking in the backcountry at Haleakalā National Park:
Tip #1: Plan ahead
• Select a route and destination, keeping in mind the distance and ability of other hikers in your group, including kids.
• Hiking uphill takes about twice the time it takes to hike downhill.
• Check the visitor center for updates on weather or trail conditions.
• Always carry a map. Maps are available at www.nps.gov/hale or the visitor center.
Tip #2: Have the right gear and supplies
• Wear sturdy hiking shoes or boots with ankle support.
• Carry adequate amounts of water and food.
• Water is only available at remote cabins, and must be treated.
• Dress in layers for a variety of weather conditions.
• Use a comfortable backpack.
• Pack essential items in a plastic bag inside of your backpack to keep items dry.
Tip #3: Be prepared for emergencies
• There is no cell phone coverage through most of the backcountry. You must be self- reliant during emergencies. Help may not be available for hours or days.
• Carry a ﬁrst aid kit, ﬂashlight, signal mirror, and survival gear.
Your life might depend on it!