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.