Haleakala Highway (Crater Road)

Haleakala Highway (Crater Road)

Haleakala Highway (Crater Road)
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vanderslice1
Greenwood, MO131 contributions
As always the road was beautiful. We went up for sunset and it is getting as busy as sunrise so it will probably be a matter of time before they are requiring reservations for both. The upper parking lot was full and so was the lower so we just drove back down to the first pull out and took some sunset pictures above the clouds from there. Always a beautiful drive. Went up a little to fast this time which kind of bothered me but other than that it was great.
Written September 3, 2021
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chanyu1
california712 contributions
Drove this winding road to the top to view the sunset with friends. Left Kihei at around 3 p.m. to allow enough time to get to the top before sunset at 6:45. The drive was not too bad but had a lot of hairpin turns at 15 miles per hour, so for those with motion issues, prepare yourself with dramamine. As we climbed the mountain from sea level up toward 9,000 feet, we got a glimpse of Maui and its coastlines before shooting through the clouds. We arrive at the first ranger station just below the entrance to the peak about 700 feet higher at around 5:45 p.m. There was already a gate blocking cars from going up farther as the parking lot was already full. So we just parked the car at that level and waited for the sun to set. I think the view from where we were was not much different than at the top. A tip to those doing this trip: bring warm clothes as it was chilly when we arrived and got downright cold by the time of the sunset, especially with the wind blowing. We all had a down jacket which was perfect for this place...
Written May 16, 2021
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Cori D
Hechingen, Germany18 contributions
Very curvy road to get to the top. Plan on spending time driving both up and down - however, you can coast down in neutral for a lot of the way as you have driven so high up. If you are a hiker you can do a long hike into the crater - not for us. We just walked up the short .3 km Pa Ka'oao trail and while a little steep in some parts, gave excellent views of the crater as well as being an excellent spot to take photos. HINTS: Be sure to bring a long sleeve shirt or hoodie, as it is cool if the sun is not out. There is nothing to purchase for eating or drinking so a bottle of water is also an excellent idea. Finally, you cannot use cash to pay to enter the park, you must have a credit card.
Written January 18, 2020
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roseofsilvr
Mount Juliet, TN130 contributions
Couples
Gorgeous sunrise, "a ribbon at a time"! It was completely worth getting up at 3 am to drive here. The roads are switchback and windy, which made my husband car sick, so be cautious of that if you have people in the group prone to motion sickness.

Dress warm and/or bring a blanket. It was right around freezing Temps and extremely windy up top.

Get there early because the crowds start early, even with reservations (you need to make a reservation prior to going to the park). If you want an unobstructed view from the observation tower or the cliff on the opposite side, you will need to be early.

Totally worth it! The view and sunrise are unimaginably gorgeous and pics don't do it justice! You can also see a billion stars on the drive up the mountain before the sun starts to rise!
Written June 14, 2021
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brandierr
Liberty Lake, WA6 contributions
Our family got up and out at 2:30 am to make the trek from Ka'anapali to the summit of Haleakala for sunrise. We would do it again. It was an amazing experience.
Tip: Do this on your first day of travel to take advantage of the change in time zones from your home. 2:30 am was early, but didn't feel any worse than 5:30 am would have felt at home.
Written July 3, 2021
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Chris
Delta, PA6 contributions
Driving up to the 10,000 ft elevation of this dormant volcano was great. Was especially interesting driving up into the clouds, started raining, and then seeing the sun come out after we passed the clouds.. All this took place in about 15 minutes of the total 1 hour of driving. So cool...
Written March 22, 2020
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marriott946
London, UK433 contributions
Friends
Well when in Maui it would seem a shame to miss the million year old volcano crater.

Quite a switchback journey through the clouds to the top. Our driver was Maui with a fabulous name meaning the Prince, we called him Henri.

Brilliant explanations and history as we drove, stopped in places for photo opportunities and at top no cloud cover meaning perfect views of the crater. Apparently sunrise views are spectacular.

This was a great experience thank you Henri.
Written May 18, 2022
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ddsmith456
Bloomington, IN15 contributions
Couples
I drove to the summit before sunrise and it was spectacular viewing. Arriving in the dark I did not notice the lookout building (with bathroom access). about 100 yards east of the main parking lot. I hiked the road to a higher lookout building at the peak. About a 1/2 mile walk. There is a much smaller parking lot there that fills up very early, and they then block that access road. I was SO GLAD I had decided not to do the bike ride tour. That looked like a dangerous and scary ride, for the experienced and adventurous!
Written March 8, 2020
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Previa1994
Chicago, IL5,704 contributions
Haleakala Crater Highway is a long drive (at least 2 hrs) from almost sea level to 10,000 ft elevation, very enjoyable drive except for people who maybe prone to motion sickness. We did this drive two times, first time in the afternoon to watch the Sunset and then the next night to watch the Sunrise. I did not meet up with any rain or clouds on the road, though we drove past the cloud level to reach the summit. There are several interesting scenic stops along the way; one to not miss is the Kalahaku Overlook. If you are lucky, you might even come across the Nene Goose.

My suggestion would be to drive this highway the first time during daytime before you drive at night to become somewhat familiar. Gas up tankful before you start. If going for the Sunset, look up National Park website for permit information.
Written May 27, 2020
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joaniemaria
Eldridge, IA2,202 contributions
Family
We got up at 1:30 am to drive up to the summit to see the sunrise. I suggest doing this early in your trip. With the time change from the mainland, it will be easier to get up early in your trip. It is cold and windy. Dress warmly. We brought water and snacks. Bring hot coffee or hot chocolate if going for sunrise. We got there at 3 am and we’re one of the first vehicles. We parked at the parking lot at the top summit. There are restrooms at the first parking lot near the visitor center. The visitor center was closed but the restrooms were open. We got out and walked to the glassed in observation tower. It was closed but there is a walkway and stone wall on the east side for the best viewing. The sunrise is magnificent. Anytime is a good time to drive this road. Watch for deer and cows. They may be right next to or on the road! We stopped at Lewelei lookout on the way down. It was foggy. I was looking for my rainbow shadow (Brocken spectre) Did not see it, as it was too cloudy. It was fun to look for it anyway. This is a must do on Maui!
Written September 22, 2021
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