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 closests 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.
It’s cold up there! Bring every blanket, pair of jeans, 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.