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CornvallisDa Road  Sucess!


Tough summit in our rented HHR. Very cool mountain and Island though. Drove up for sunset after a hard day of snorkling. Came back a few days later and explored the crater a bit more
Posted Jul 12, 2006 5:18 am

SteveinFXBGWhat a great place  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 28, 2006
My first trip to Hawaii, on my honeymoon, we made the drive up to the top. We stuck around and watched the sunset since my wife wasn't too interested in being cold and crowded for the sunrise. From what I could tell it was every bit as nice as the sunrise. I was very impressed and I'm pretty sure she was too.
Posted Jul 8, 2006 4:01 am

Mike NSliding Sands Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 14, 2006

Mike N

Very cold at the top. Bring warm jackets for the sunrise. Temp was around 40, the beach was 78 at 3:00 am. It will take 1:45 to drive there from Wialea. The views from the top are great. The hike into the crater is OK, but I would not do it again. The views are better from the top. The trail is littered with horse manure. There are great photo opportunities everywhere. One bit of advice for people trying to get sunrise pics...turn off the flash, it won't reach. There are crowds of people at the top for sunrise but as soon as the sun is up, the place empties out. I am also glad I did not take the bike ride down. The bikes seem like flimsy BMX bikes and they go really slow (I am sure for safety reasons). Do it once while you are in Maui, then go enjoy the rest of the island.
Posted Jun 22, 2006 1:03 pm

RileywynaRoute Climbed: drive Date Climbed: june 2003  Sucess!


Nice drive.

I camped on the Mountain with my wife Jackie and daughter Megan and managed to see 3 of the endemic Honey Creepers.
Posted Dec 19, 2005 10:48 am

vbc285Route Climbed: Road Date Climbed: June, 1993  Sucess!


Great sunrise and really cold for HI.
Posted Dec 4, 2005 8:52 pm

tdoughtyRoute Climbed: Road Date Climbed: Several  Sucess!


Well worth the effort to hike down into the crater and to walk around a bit
Posted Oct 17, 2005 6:11 pm

Dave DinnellRoute Climbed: Summit Road Date Climbed: Dec. 1997  Sucess!

Dave Dinnell

Hitched a ride up to summit with rented mtn. bikes. Rode bikes back down to main hyw and then rode left for a number of miles to a winery. Highly recommend biking down!
Posted Sep 8, 2005 11:24 pm

velodurtDate Climbed: June 1999, June 2004  Sucess!


Drove to the top for the great views, enjoyed nearby Sliding Sands Trail. If you want to try a fun experiment buy a bag of chips before starting up the road...don't open them and then wait and see if they explode when you reach the summit parking lot. It worked both times we visited :-) Natural Born Hikers
Posted Aug 31, 2005 8:39 pm

trekkerRoute Climbed: drive to the top Date Climbed: March 5, 2005  Sucess!


Drove to the top to catch the sunrise. Cold with 20 - 30 mph winds at the ranger station and about 35 degrees F. Sunrise over the ocean was shrouded by a cloud cover, but views of the crater were excellent. Having never been there before, I didn't realize how deep and vast the Haleakala crater is and to see it appear from darkness to morning light was a beautiful sight. Biked downhill through Makawao and Paia before reaching the beach on the North shore. Aaahh, 80 degrees again! I must come back to hike the crater.
Posted Aug 28, 2005 11:48 pm

starship_jenRoute Climbed: Drive to the top! Date Climbed: October 1999  Sucess!


Nice drive to the top. Very unique landscape--my first volcano and first time on a peak over 10,000 feet. Mauna Loa & Mauna Kea on Hawaii were both visible from the top. Great view!
Posted Aug 5, 2005 12:10 am

Dow WilliamsRoute Climbed: Trail Date Climbed: 1998  Sucess!

Dow Williams

First ever Marathon-Maui. Flew family and employees out to cheer us on. While they are hit the beach afterwards, we hit the mts. I just can't do the beach scene mannnnn (Dennis Hopper variety).
Posted Jun 27, 2005 1:58 pm

McCannsterRoute Climbed: Road/Sliding Sands Date Climbed: 1998  Sucess!


It's a cool feeling being at the highest point on an island like Maui.
Posted Apr 30, 2005 2:36 pm

tahaiDate Climbed: Oct. 1996  Sucess!


Early start. Chilly at the summit. Amazing Sunrise!

After sunrise I climbed down into the crater for the Halemauu Trail (incredible day hike).
Posted Apr 30, 2005 8:46 am

jdavies212Route Climbed: Road end to summit Date Climbed: May 1995  Sucess!


Got up at 2:30 a.m. to catch the van ride to the summit for the sunrise which was a scenic mixture of clouds and clear views. Well worth the experience. Did the 3-4 hour bike ride from summit to beach. Not the most strenuous hike/climb, but certainly one of the most memorable.
Posted Apr 25, 2005 12:03 am

coastclimberRoute Climbed: Drive to the top! Date Climbed: December 3, 2003  Sucess!


Beautiful and windy summit after an interesting drive up. Did a little bit of walking in the crater, would love to do more exploring up there!
Posted Mar 30, 2005 1:55 pm

Dennis PoulinRoute Climbed: Drive Up Date Climbed: 15 Jan 2005  Sucess!

Dennis Poulin

A beautiful drive. Windy on top.
Posted Feb 6, 2005 2:12 pm

The Lower MarmotRoute Climbed: Road Date Climbed: July 1996  Sucess!

The Lower Marmot

Don't remember much except that the sunrise was excellent.
Posted Dec 21, 2004 2:24 pm

Don NelsenRoute Climbed: Sliding Sands Trail Date Climbed: June 1, 2004  Sucess!

Don Nelsen

Drove up the road and started at the top and went all the way to the end of the valley at Paliku cabin. Great workout and awesome views. About 19 miles and 3,700' vertical. Man, it's tough to run in loose sand!
Posted Oct 21, 2004 1:30 pm

mdostbyRoute Climbed: The Road Date Climbed: July 2003  Sucess!


Drove to the roads end to witness the sunrise with the crowds. It was rainy, windy and cold. Just at sunrise the clouds actully lowered just enough so the entire summit area enjoyed fantastic views. It was incredable. Then I hiked down the Sliding Sands trial to the crater bottom passing the KaKu'oka'Oo and Pu'uoPele craters. I walked all the way to the Halemau'u trail junction, nearly to the Kipahulu Gap. On my return hike out I took the Halemau'u trail all the way back to the Haleakala Hwy. The weather was perfect inside the crater but once I was back up on the road it was pouring rain. I ended up hitching a ride after walking up the road for about a mile in the wet weather.
Posted Oct 16, 2004 2:17 pm

shanrickvRoute Climbed: The main road Date Climbed: February 1981  Sucess!


I went to Maui with my parents when I was a freshman in high school and this was my fondest memory. Granted we took a tour van up most of the way, but I climbed the remaining distance to the summit. Twenty two years later, I need to keep my promise to take my wife back here. I can still remember the smell of the euchalyptus (spelling?) on the way up.
Posted Oct 16, 2004 8:16 am

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