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Haleakala Summit on Maui

Haleakala Summit on Maui is a must-do if you are planning a trip to the island.  Most people like to get up at 3:00 in the morning and make the trek to the Summit to see the sunrise, which under most weather conditions, is pretty spectacular, aside from getting up at 3:00 in the morning and hanging out with thousands of your closest friends.  I’m not even kidding.  Then after sunrise, some of these fools hop on a bike and launch themselves down the two-lane road, dodging cars and trying not to fling themselves off the side of the Summit.  This would not be my idea of a good time.

Another alternative is to go at sunset.  I’ve done this twice and it is just as spectacular but without all of the crowds and crazy bikers.  I took these pictures at sunset and I did not do much editing at all.  The view was magnificent and I would go back again in a heartbeat.

Some Tips for Haleakala Summit

It’s cold up there!  Bring every blanket, pair of jeans, a sweatshirt, etc. you can get your hands on and bring it with you.  Not only is it cold, but it is windy – you are at 10,000 ft.  You will pay a small fee to get into the park; I can’t remember how much it was but it was by car.  Clean restrooms are just inside the gate.  I did read recently that as of Feb. 1st, 2017, you will need to make reservations to visit the park at sunrise.  You can do this online – Mt. Haleakala Summit.  You can also get information about sunrise and sunset times from that website. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Haleakala Summit at Sunset

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