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“Good any time of day, but windy!”

Haleakala National Park
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Maui: Haleakala Sunrise Tour
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San Jose, California
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“Good any time of day, but windy!”
Reviewed May 3, 2012

I'm sure sunrise is spectacular, but midday, if it's clear, is also amazing! Ranger says that the reflected heat of the crater means that you can usually see into the "crater" (actually an eroded valley with cinder cones) even when cloudy. I've been here twice, once (November) when it was socked in and drizzling and I nearly froze. It was gorgeous with a gorgeous view this time, looking out all the way to West Maui, and south to the Big Island, but wow, the wind will almost blow you over! If you can hit up a ranger talk at the lookout tower at the very top, do go! It was very informative about native birds, ecotones, plants, geology, etc. And the lookout is glassed in and out of the wind. Love the silversword plants. It was National Parks Week, so there was no admission that week (normally $10).

Be careful and use your gears, not your brakes, to slow down going back down the very steep and switchback-filled road. And watch out for bicyclists. One fellow overheated his brakes, couldn't slow enough on a curve, and hit the rock on the left of the road. Help was just arriving when we got there. Airbags deployed, and everyone seemed okay, but the rental car looked totaled. Ouch. Glad I know to use low gear going downhill.

Visited April 2012
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Trussville, AL
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“Top of the island”
Reviewed April 13, 2012

Go up for sunrise and/or sunset. Dress warmly, including gloves, scarf, hat, even in the afternoon. Bring your camera and your own water & snacks. Driving up the mountain through the clouds is way cool.

Visited March 2012
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Calgary, Canada
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“Plan ahead and do the trek too”
Reviewed April 13, 2012

All visitors to Maui should take in this spectacular sight. Make very sure that you dress warmly and be prepared for very high winds until you're into the crater. Allow a good hour to get to the top on twisting switchback roads. A couple of good visitor centers at the top. There are numerous trails leading into the crater where you can go down 3,000 feet inside to walk around the various vents. Do yourself a favour and have the hike of a lifetime before she blows again!

Visited April 2012
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Lorton, Virginia
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“Great experience a must do”
Reviewed April 10, 2012

Dress warm, bring a drink and walking shoes. The view from the Summit is amazing. My head was above the clouds. My 7 and 3 year old liked the view very much.

Visited April 2012
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Calgary, Canada
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“What a view!”
Reviewed April 9, 2012

We visited this park twice, once to visit the pools and later to see the crater. Both were fun and beautiful. Crater was freezing and super windy be prepared for that. The Silver Swords are amazing and beautiful. There was another trail by the pools with a bamboo forest we hope to do next time when we start our Hana drive a little earlier.

Visited March 2012
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