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To the Top - Haleakala

An August 2000 trip to Maui by Foxboro Marmot

Quote: Halaeakala is the national park and dormant volcano that makes up the mass of east Maui. If you're on Maui, you ought to get to the top for the view and seriously consider biking down!

To the Top - Haleakala

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Overview

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Some people make a big deal about going up to the summit for sunrise, but a local insists this makes no sense. He says to go for sunset if you want. It's an easier drive, you don't have to get up early, it's uncrowded and you can call it off if the summit looks clouded in. It's worth a trip up. Earlier is better, as clouds sweep in most mid-mornings. Remember that you are 10,000 feet closer to the sun and will burn earlier at this altitude. You might be in bright sun at the summit and have to drive through a cloud on the way down - with zero visibility. Also remember that hiking at a higher altitude will take a lot more out of you than walking at sea level. The trail from the summit ...Read More

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Attraction

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There are two types of bike trips down the volcano. One takes you to the mountain top, 10,000 feet above sea level, then escorts your group down through the national park back to the bike shop or other meeting spot. In the national park no unescorted groups are allowed, there is no passing, and groups leave at five minute intervals on a first come-first served basis. The other type of tour takes you to the 6000' level just outside the park, cutting out about eight miles. From here you can be escorted, guided, or go at your own pace, depending on what you choose. The classic trip from the top gets to the summit before sunrise, allows some time for looking around, especially if there ...Read More

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