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November 12, 2005
From journal Marvelous Maui
August 23, 2005
The company you pick will come pick you up at about 2am (this adventure is worth the early start), and they will take you to get a little breakfast at their headquarters, where they will set you up with a mountain bike and a helmet and give you the brief plan for the day. They will then pack you up take you on the hour van ride up to the top of this 10,000-foot volcano. At the top, you will be able to watch the sun rise over the blank of clouds that is now below you. This is completely worth it. In all my travels, it is the most beautiful sunrise I have ever seen. After the sun rises, you will get back in the vans and head down the mountain to about 7,500 feet. This is where the excitement begins. You get your 50-pound mountain bikes (the bikes are heavy to aid your decent). You then get in order from smallest to largest, with the smallest being in the front (the lighter you are, the slower you will go, so to keep everyone together, the smallest goes first). That means the first person in line controls how fast you will go. We were a little worried because we are not experienced mountain bikers and they told us we would be averaging 15 to 20mph down the hill. After a few minutes on the bike, though, we quickly felt comfortable. (Interestingly enough for us, the lightest person turned out to be a 12-year-old girl who was not afraid of speed, and instead of just coasting down the mountain, she was pedaling to go faster. We actually averaged 30mph because of her enthusiasm, which, as it turned out, was no big deal.)
As you coast down the mountain, you will pass amazing views of the countryside below. You will be able to stop, take pictures, and enjoy the air. It is a very pleasant ride down the mountain. The ride ends at the white sandy beaches on the coast to complete your 25-mile ride down the mountain. The experience was one-of-a-kind and a must-do on Maui.
Tip: At the top of Haleakala, at sunrise, it can be as cool as 30°F. Make sure you bring warm clothes, as you will want them as you wait for the sun to rise. You will be able to take them off as you go down the mountain and put them in the van that is following you down. (Don't wait until you get to Maui to buy warm clothes, because, as we found out, the local Wal-Mart doesn't really sell them.)
From journal Treasures of Maui
Woodbridge, New Jersey
February 15, 2005
From journal Best of Maui
January 19, 2005
You can hike trails ranging from 10-minutes to overnight trips. Camping is available on a first come, first served basis. I would first stop at the visitors center for a free map of the trails. Please check their website for more information.
P.S. Keep your receipt for when you take the road to Hana. You can use the same fee to enter the seven sacred pools.
From journal Maui on a Budget
Blue Springs, Missouri
May 4, 2004
From journal Island Paradise
February 28, 2004
Go early in the morning, no later than 10am, to avoid the rush of travelers from other parts of the island making day trips. We caught a 180+ degree, dazzling rainbow in the 400-foot falls before the sun was too far overhead – breathtaking. This trip only costs $10 a car and is well worth it!!!
From journal Hana, the old Hawaii
September 24, 2003
From journal My Maui
New Iberia, Louisiana
June 21, 2003
From journal Maui
June 10, 2003
Finally, the sun rises above the clouds, hitting us full force. Our excitement and anticipation fulfilled, our hearts full of awe and our bodies and warmed fully. This experience is better than words can express. One must take the opportunity to experience this almost life changing event at least once in a lifetime.
From journal "Wowie Maui"
Port Angeles, Washington
May 26, 2003
The Sliding Sands trailhead starts at the Visitor Center near the Haleakala summit (10,023 feet). Looking into the valley a couple thousand feet below, there are at least a dozen cinder cones in dazzling colors of red, orange, brown, and purple. A great shorter hike (5 miles round-trip) goes down the Sliding Sands trail to Ka Lu’u o ka ‘O’o, the only cinder cone that has a trail going up it.
Instead, I chose to hike Sliding Sands to Halemau’u Trail. This is a nice distance of 11 miles, with a easy-cruisin 2500 feet of elevation loss, and a moderately strenuous 1400 elevation gain. I liked that it is a one-way hike, since I didn’t want to have to retrace my steps. The only problem was arranging a pickup at the ending trailhead. I was able to do so, but another option is to park at the Halemau’u trailhead in the morning and then try to hitchike up to the Visitor Center to start the hike.
Back at the Sliding Sands trail, I found my surroundings to resemble a moonscape. The valley is 2.5 miles wide and 7.5 miles long, most of it without vegetation. The few plants that I did see were SO beautiful, maybe because of the stark contrast.
The silversword is an endangered plant found only at Haleakala. I felt honored to be so close to such a special plant. It is distantly related to the sunflower, but you wouldn’t know by looking at it. The silvery leaves shimmer in the sun. They are sharp and pointed. The silversword flowers only once in it’s lifetime, then dies. I also saw Naenae shrubs, and an interesting crossbreed of the Silversword and Naenae.
Not far after the junction with the Ka Lu’u o ka ‘O’o trail is the turnoff for Halemau’u trail. I found myself still in a moonscape, with cinder cones closer and all around me. But after a couple miles, I found a new surprise.
The valley floor first changed to a more broken up, upheaved earth area, with a short side trail called Silversword Loop. After Silversword Loop, I’m suddenly in a grassland. This is the area near Holua, a cabin and campsite in the northwest area of the crater. I found this grassy area to be so pleasant, with a light breeze to cool me off and views out Ko’olau Gap toward the ocean.
Not as pleasant (but not too bad), was the two miles of switchbacks that I had to go up to end the hike. The switchbacks are fairly gradual, so not too painful, and with fine views before the end of the hike.
From journal West Maui Ocean Fun and Hiking Adventures