Once we drove to the top, my wife and I hiked approximately 4 miles into the crater basin and back out. It's a beautiful place not unlike the rest of the island. I can't wait to plan a multi day hike from sea level some day.
Twice in a two week period drove to the top with my mother. Not sure if I reached the tippy tippy top or just the highest parking lot twenty feet below, memory lost. Very cloudy both days, had a amazing view of the peak when my plane took off.
Awesome sunrise and the fastest possibility in the world to reach 10000 ft from sea-level in 100 minutes (without a plane). Drove up with rental car.
On my honeymoon. Make sure you don't run out of gas
A wet tropical adventure for one of my first Backpacking/Peakbagging experiences. Hiked the first day and night in the rain. Woke up in the morning to a sureal sunrise view overlooking the tops of the clouds. Exited via Kaupo Gap. In 1978 Kaupo was a remote village on the south shore of Maui, without paved roads or electricity. It was there that I shared the best luke-cold beer of my life with my friends Jim and Carlos.
One of about a couple thousand other successful summit bids that occured that day. I owe it all to the tenacity and fortitude of my rented chevy malibu.
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
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.
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.
I camped on the Mountain with my wife Jackie and daughter Megan and managed to see 3 of the endemic Honey Creepers.
Great sunrise and really cold for HI.
Well worth the effort to hike down into the crater and to walk around a bit
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!
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
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.
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!
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).
It's a cool feeling being at the highest point on an island like Maui.
Early start. Chilly at the summit. Amazing Sunrise!
After sunrise I climbed down into the crater for the Halemauu Trail (incredible day hike).
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.