Maui: Day 5

Haleakala, the world’s largest dormant volcano, is 7.5 miles wide, 2.5 miles long, and 3000 feet deep- that’s big enough to hold Manhattan.  It was once 12,000 feet, but water has eroded it over time- now it’s almost exactly 10,000 feet above sea.  That’s well above the clouds, and about 30ºF colder than sea level.  It’s popular to go at sunrise, but let’s be real- we obviously didn’t do that.  Instead, we went the second most popular time: sunset.

It took us about two hours to get there from where we were staying.  The last 45 minutes were tough- windy, steep, and without any shoulder.  On the other hand, the views are spectacular as you leave most of Maui far below you. The way down was especially tough in the dark.  It was enough to make me nauseous, but the view at the top more than made up for it.

To stand on the side of the crater is one of those spectacular experiences that reminds you of how small you are.  It was a really breathtaking sight- especially once the sun set and lit the sky on fire.

I’m going to let the pictures do the talking.  They start about the time we broke through cloud level.

If you go, there are a few important things to keep in mind:

  • Gas up your vehicle before you go- you won’t find any stations along the way
  • Bring snacks- there aren’t any restaurants, either
  • Bring $10 cash as a park entrance fee
  • Dress warm!  It’s cold at the summit

And I’d suggest some dramamine 🙂

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14 Responses to Maui: Day 5

  1. arayofsun says:

    Oh my goodness these pictures are amazing! When I was in Italy I hiked Mt. Vesuvius and these pictures remind me of that so much! Doesn’t it feel like you’re on top of Mars or something? It’s an incredible feeling!
    xoxo
    Megan
    http://www.arayofsunblog.com

  2. albucco10 says:

    How gorgeous are these pictures….the sunset is amazing!
    -Alyssa
    The Glossy Life

  3. Oh my god, those pictures at sunset are incredible! But the route to get there, yikes, makes me nervous just looking at it…looks like you guys have been having an absolutely blast and are doing/seeing so much!

    Stephanie

  4. Gorgeous photos Rachel, the sunset looked stunning! I loved staring into the massive crater and taking in the amazing views!
    Ps. Love your blue shirt!

    xo jen

  5. jennacwest says:

    These pictures are breathtaking! I love going on hikes so this would be something that I would love to do. Plus you look so pretty after this hike. I would be all rugged after something like this!
    -Jenna

    • Haha, thanks, but we drove 😉 There is a lot of hiking there, but my fiance didn’t want to do it (the shortest hike is 3 hours) so we compromised. I’m sure I’d have looked a lot rougher if there had been physical activity involved 😉
      xo
      Rachel

  6. Wow! I’ve never been to Hawaii, but this looks amazing! Beautiful photos – totally on my bucket list now!

  7. Looks like an incredible experience!

    girlavantgarde.com

  8. I lobe your tips! Thank’s for sharing this incredible experience!

  9. Jenee C. says:

    This is absolutely stunning! How amazing are the colours in the last photo. I’m so glad I came across your blog. Hope to stay in touch.

    xx Jenee C.
    {camo meets couture}

  10. Julie says:

    Oh wow, incredible photos!! Amazing. Thanks for stopping by the blog! xo, Julie
    http://www.fromproseccotoplaid.com

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