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mrchad9Great couple of weeks  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 30, 2006


During a two week trip to Oahu and Maui. Drove up and then hiked down the crater a ways. Would like to hike up it from the ocean sometime...
Posted May 9, 2010 5:35 am

MlaskyWill count it anyway  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 29, 2010


I had "really" climbed Mauna Kea on Hawaii on the 21st, so I accepted the drive up summit of Haleakala as a reward for all the 65ish peaks that i never could have driven to. Besides I went up for the sunrise, so had an alpine start and put up with horrendous winds waiting to see the sunrise. After Mauna Kea and numerous waterfall hikes i had no desire for any additional hiking on Haleakala. Maybe if i get to go there again...
Posted Apr 1, 2010 6:16 pm

NJTripperSure - you drive to the summit..  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 25, 2007


But, if you hike 1500' (verticle) down into the crater and back out - it's fair to claim the summit.. ;-)
Posted Mar 6, 2010 11:51 pm

Joseph BulloughVarious ascents  Sucess!

Joseph Bullough

11/7/09 - Another drive-up, but after the 16 hour adventure the previous week I felt I deserved it. Warmer and much less windy than my first two ascents.

11/1/09 - 15:55 roundtrip via the Kaupo Gap trail. trip report

11/7/06 - Okay, so I'm ashamed to sign this since we just drove to the top. But we did hike several miles down the Sliding Sands trail, so that's how I justify it.
Posted Nov 10, 2009 3:35 pm

scotthsuSliding Sands to Halemau'u TH  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 11, 2009


Drove up to the visitor center at 9740' just in time to see the sun coming up over the ocean; it was comfortably cool with no wind! Last time I was there, the sunrise was a dull bright spot becoming a slightly less dull bright spot (obscured by clouds), so this time was much better! We hiked down the Sliding Sands trail and out via the Halemau'u Trail to the Halemau'u TH at 7990' (~11.5 miles + lava tube excursion in just under 6 hours). We bumped into someone who showed us the entrance to the underground lava tube near the Holua cabin/campsite, and luckily we had a headlamp. Doing the ~1/4 mile lava tube was the highlight of the day among many highlights! We had arranged for a local friend to pick us up, but a German visitor who did the lava tube and hiked out with us was kind enough to drive us back to the top, when we actually went to the true summit.
Posted Oct 11, 2009 1:33 pm

davebobk47Watched Sunset  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 3, 2009


Amazing sunset. Full moon kind of killed the star gazing.
Posted Sep 7, 2009 3:53 pm

ericwillhiteExpected more  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 6, 2009


Reached the top, whole family sleeping in car, walked up to building on highpoint, drove down to visitors center overlooking the crater. Whole family decided to join me for hike to small overlook above the visitors center with benchmark. A few pics at http://www.willhiteweb.com/hawaii_travel/maui_sights/haleakala_lahaina_hana_300.htm
Posted Aug 14, 2009 1:32 pm

craghagLong line of cars.....
Date Climbed: Nov 7, 2006


A non-climb but hiking in the crater was jolly. Joe and I will be back to attempt the sea to summit someday!
Posted Jul 18, 2009 12:21 pm

mandrakeHaleakala Down-climb  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 29, 2009


Drove to the summit and did a down-climb of Haleakala. Spent one night at the Paliku cabin and descended from there down the Kaupo Trail. ~9k' descent over 18mi. Dropped a shuttle car at the lower trailhead. Crux is actually finding/driving to the lower trailhead on bad roads.
Posted Jun 3, 2009 6:01 pm

PapaBanucciBeautiful Sunrise  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 18, 2008


And fun bike ride down.
Posted May 26, 2009 12:56 pm

TJ311Beauty  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 9, 2009


Drove to the top due to time constraints. It was a gorgeous day. Made several stops along the way to see the sights. Loved the way the clouds rolled into the crater. We were able to see Mauna Kea. It was a very very clear day.
Posted Jan 18, 2009 6:12 pm

gbradyBeautiful Mountain
Date Climbed: Jun 10, 2008


Really nice break from all the beaches.
Posted Dec 14, 2008 7:59 pm

rgreeneBrutal climb  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 4, 2008


Had to exit the car to stumble the last 100 feet to the little building at the top. Wore my Goretex windbreaker and muttered insanely about "basecamp" throughout, narrowly escaped men in little white coats.
Posted Oct 10, 2008 12:57 pm

ericdAltiude Conditioning  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 6, 2008


Windy ocean view drive up to observatory/lookout. Hiked the Sliding Sands Trail down to the small crater Pu'u 'Ula'ula then jogged back up in half the time. This is a good altitude conditioning at 10,000 feet no matter how slow/fast you are. This trail might look like it belongs on the planet Mars hiking up Mons Olympus!
Posted Aug 13, 2008 11:37 pm

TLPgood time on Maui  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 1, 2008


I spent a couple of days roaming around Haleakala. I drove the Hana Highway to the Kipahulu coast area and saw the awesome waterfall, and took a dip in Oheo Gulch. I then drove to the the top to see a great sunset. The next day I went back and did parts of the sliding sands trail, which is great. What an amazing place!
Posted Jun 11, 2008 4:55 pm

unclehudDrive-in summit  Sucess!


How can you fail if you don't run out of gas?

Visited several times while stationed at Pearl from 1978-1982. Always wanted to do some overnights in their cabins, but my visitors never were the "overnight" type.
Posted Feb 3, 2008 10:44 am

Shirley LamPoor Mom and Dad  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 4, 2007

Shirley Lam

My bf and I left my parents at the top while we went for a long trail run down into the crater and across to another trailhead where they were supposed to pick us up. They wanted to hike down the crater a little ways, so we forewarned them about how easy going down would be and not to underestimate having to hike back up the trail with the altitude. Well, over eight hours later and an hour overdue, we got worried and started walking back up the road to the top. Eventually, we found them, but long story short, guess what happened?
Posted Jan 30, 2008 11:18 pm

bighornmonkeyDone...  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 4, 2007


The hardest summit ever...I almost couldn't do the 50 feet between the parking lot and the top. In the end I conquered.
Posted Dec 29, 2007 9:56 am

hikerbryanCheated  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 1, 2007


Drove to the top. Checked out the sunrise. Looked around the summit for a bit. Went to the beach for some relaxation. I only felt guilty for a little while.
Posted Oct 3, 2007 12:15 am

kunz82414No Board Shorts  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 3, 2007


A friend and I drove to the top, took some photos and hiked around a little bit. Even high elevations in Hawaii can be harsh; the wind was some of the most intense I have experienced. It's a whole other world compared to the beach. This was the first time I had ever been at sea level and over 10,000ft in one day.
Posted Aug 2, 2007 4:37 pm

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