Haleakala Highway - Crater Road

Haleakala Highway - Crater Road

Haleakala Highway - Crater Road
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Chris
Delta, PA5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
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 22 March 2020
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roseofsilvr
Mount Juliet, TN129 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • 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 14 June 2021
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brandierr
Liberty Lake, WA6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
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 3 July 2021
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ddsmith456
Bloomington, IN24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • 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 8 March 2020
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zs812
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
This drive is much better than Hana Highway... Very safe and easy drive on your way up. On your way down, use lower gear and go easy on brakes. If needed, take a break for few mins so your car/ brakes cool down, but this is just out of caution. Amazing drive, you won't regret this one!
Written 27 December 2022
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Previa1994
Chicago, IL6,670 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
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 27 May 2020
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marriott946
London, UK820 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • 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 18 May 2022
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jim
Seattle, WA22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Couples
It was well worth it to wake up early and drive up before sunrise. Only a few parking spots so get there early. Breathtaking as the sun rises. Truly at the top of the island. Make sure you use you phone to locate the west so you will be positioned right for the sunrise.
Written 2 December 2022
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joaniemaria
Eldridge, IA4,841 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021 • 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 22 September 2021
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Matthew
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Terrifying drive. No guard rails. I ride roller coasters for fun and the idea of tumbling to my death freaked me out. Amazing this place is still open. We also had fog/rain on the way down and luckily didn’t slip. If you want to see this book a tour.
Written 27 May 2024
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