Drove up for sunrise, traipsed up Huluhulu, and walked the Sliding Sands. Fantastic weather. The Hosmer Grove and deeper crater areas still intrigue me...
Hike with Caren
We arrived at the Maui airport super-late, and were driving up the slopes of Haleakala soon after. We car-camped for a few hours at the visitor center, before heading to the summit shortly after 3:30 AM. Once at the summit, we waited with eager anticipation (along with dozens of other people) for the sunrise. The summit road got closed due to the amount of people, and we could see the visitor center was over-crowded, as well. It was a great experience, and we spent the rest of the day driving the West Maui loop... which has an interesting 8-mile stretch of "narrow winding road."
We drove up on New Years Eve, but in white out conditions and saw nothing. We returned on 1/3 when conditions were clear for the sunset. Awesome views but very crowded.
Car assist. Also climbed Hanakauhi, a neat scramble across the crater.
drove up and spent the morning on the summit
Short visit to the volcanoe, some interesting information at vistor center
Spent a bit of time on the mountain, mostly backpacking down the Sliding Sands trail from the summit area, camping at Paliku, camping at Holua and then up the Halemau'u trail. Weather ranged from gorgeous to horrendous, hardly saw anyone and had a great time overall.
Drove up with girlfriend. Remember all the bicyclists coasting the long way down.
Did the Sea to Summit then back to the Sea hike via the Kaupo Gap Trail. Deb and I touched the sea, down by the Mokulau church at 3:22am and finished at the same place that night at 10:30pm. The lower Kaupo Gap trail is trash. it lies on private ranch land and is the responsibility of the ranch to maintain....and they don't. This tail doesn't get enough use to maintain itself. Even though we reconed the lower trail the day before, we still had issues coming back down in the dark. We made it though, so all is good. Because of a rare storm a couple of days before, that dumped snow at the summit, the summit was closed and we had it to ourselves. We never saw another person all day, until we hit the summit, where there was a ranger getting ready to open the park.
After the sunrise, I hiked down into the crater to somewhere around 6000', give or take, then hiked back up and out.
My new wife and I went to Maui for the honeymoon, so we did the Haleakala sunset. We also did a small hike into the crater. I wish that I had my road bike with me for the ride back down.
My wife and I drove up Haleakala at 2:00 am to watch the sunrise over the crater, which was spectacular. Reaching the summit wasn't the primary goal, and the only "hiking" we did was from the parking lot to the observation area, but it was a fabulous excursion.
Was here on a trip for a friend's wedding. Such crazy changes in climate/vegetation/terrain from bottom to top.
With my wife, we drove up on 7-18 with plans to hike the summit and into the crater, but the summit road past the visitor's center was closed and all traffic was barred, with fines up to $5K. The closure dates matched exactly with our departure dates so we didn't have the option to wait until it reopened. We left, then returned at 3 a.m. the next morning, and made a quick walk to the top and back, in pitch black. We were the 3rd car in the visitor's center parking lot and there were no rangers. We had a flashlight but only used it sparingly so as not to attract attention to ourselves. Back to our car, we then waited for the spectacular sunrise overlooking the Haleakala Crater. Awesome!
We were displeased with the cryptic and half-assed way the NPS "alerted" us to this closure. The website had nothing on it as of 7-16, the day we left, then after we got back to our hotel, they had a closure notice back-dated to 7-8. Furthermore, the only signs along the drive were two electronic ones, one saying "May-Sep, Parking Lot Work" and another saying "Puulaula Parking Lot Closed". Nothing said anything about barring actual foot traffic, and I doubt the average person knows that Puulaula parking lot is the one at Red Hill. It was not until we got to the parking lot that we learned of this closure. The NPS did not even post a guy at this point to alert anyone. The job fell to a construction guy, who was totally cool and personally had no problems with us going up there, but he had a job to do and couldn't allow us.
The people in the visitor's center were less helpful. They simply told us to register our complaint via email, as if that does any good. Plenty of people were as upset as we were. The NPS should have known that Red Hill is as much an attraction as the crater and other areas of the park. To bar it on short notice was in bad form.
Like many people, I am not made of money and we saved and planned for this Maui trip for over a year. Thus, our 3:30 am hike.
Other than this, we had an outstanding trip and Haleakala is truly an amazing place!
Made a quick drive up before catching the flight home.
I drove to the top. Then I got on a rented mountain-bike and rode down the spine of Haleakala (Skyline/Mamane/Waipoli trails). The terrain was really cool. It's like hiking/biking on the moon.
Awesome views with scenic hiking available in the crater.