We rode down into the park with Pony Express. 4 to 5 hours on horseback will cause some soreness but it is a great experience.
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What a great hike into the now dormant volcano and out on great trails. We did about 13 miles. It takes all day, and is not for sissies. There is no technical climbing. We brought a 13 y/o and 16 y/o. Lots of water and food required for the climb. Changing temperatures. If you want a great family outing, go for it. There is no longer Ranger staff if you don't finish by dark, so if you are slow, bring warm clothes and a flashlight.
In all fairness to the Rangers, they are very helpful, but government budget cuts have left them feeling a little helpless in the after hours stuff. Make sure you leave a note on your car to let them know your hiking route.
Hike to a parking lot part way down, and hitch a ride to the top. Someone is always coming by and I haven't experienced any one turning you down.
We went up the mountain during the daytime. The road is excellent. Driving up through clouds to a sunny scenic mountain top was a thrill. There were many photo opps.
the bad thing is you have to be there by 4:00am and the road is windy and dark. bring blankets and be warmed. however, when you are up there at 10,000 ft, the millions of stars up above is so close you feel like you can reach up and touch it. it was simply magical. watching the sunrise with anticipation you are not disappointed, when it gets a little brighter, you can see the clouds floating below you ... very spiritual. Make sure you keep going past the first parking lot to go up to the summit. you walk a few steps to the top. there is an enclosure you can walk into which has clear glass to see through, a nice respite when it gets really cold. When the sun is fully risen, it's just breathtaking.
I highly recommend every Maui visitor to see the top of the island - Mt. Haleakala. The volcano is over 3000 meters high and the view is beautiful. It feels like visiting an alien planet.