Bio-Beetle's TIPS to you for Exploring Haleakala:
Haleakala is something no one should miss when
How much time is up to you!
There are many hiking trails and even camping spots on
Haleakala, that one could spend days exploring the
Check the weather before you
go... If Haleakala is clear or partly cloudy the views will
be spectacular. but Haleakala can be shrouded in fog.
Usually the earlier you get started the better chance you
have for clearer weather. If you are traveling from the
east, you might plan this early in your trip since you will
most likely be on a different time then the island, and you
won't mind getting an earlier start.
For a weather forecast
on Maui the telephone number is:
But keep in mind, The summit of Haleakala is over 10,000
feet and can have much different weather. Sometimes the best
way to check for clouds is to look up at the volcano. The
temperature at the summit can easily be 30 degrees
less then that at sea level. Plan for cold weather.
Bring pants, long sleeve jackets, etc.
phone number for
Haleakala National Park is: 808-572-4400
Always wear good hiking shoes when going on trails,
and bring lots of water or other re-hydrating liquid.
A lunch or snack is a good idea too.
Stay on trails. Going off trails leads to erosion
plus harms plants and animals.
Do not feed Nenes or any other animals. Habituating
animals to humans almost always does more harm to them then
good... and can hasten their extinction.
Allow at least 2 hours to get to the top of Haleakala
driving from Kihei or Lahaina.
Remember, Haleakala is over 10,000 feet and the air is
thinner, making it more difficult to breath for
some. Know your limits and do not over exert yourself.
For more on Haleakala itself check their website:
to do on Haleakala:
If you only can spend a
short time at the top of Haleakala, then drive to the
very top. This is Pu'u'ula'ula summit,
10,023 feet 3055 meters. There is a small enclosed
building to get out of the wind if need be, and for a
possible view of Hawaii, the Big Island.
The observatories you see nearby are not open to the
public. For more information on these visit this
Drive to the parking lot at
the Haleakala visitor center just down the
road a short ways from the summit. Get out and check the
over look. The colors and craters are incredible. You can
also get more information, from the visitor center, about
Haleakala, plus there are restrooms near by.
If you are up to it there is a small hill nearby that has
a trail for a view from a little higher up.
Once you are finished here, you can head down the
volcano. There are a couple more overlooks to stop at if
you want to see more of the crater, but the visitor
center is the main one.
If you can spend more
time here, and would like to take a short hike, stop at
the Halemau'u Trailhead. One can hike this
a relatively short way (<30 minutes) for another view
of the crater, or continue for hours, but keep in mind
you are traveling down hill, and when you turn around you
will have to go up!. There are usually some Nene's
hanging out here, but remember, do not feed them!
Another great hike into the crater is right near the
visitor center, Sliding sands Trail. This
is only for people in excellent condition, where as it is
somewhat like walking on sand downhill.
Once you turn around it is steep! Combine that with the
thinner air of the higher elevation and your heart and
lungs will be tested!! Plus your legs might complain a
lot if you are out of shape.
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There are campsites at Hosmer Grove, plus
cabins and camping inside the crater. Check with the Park
service for permits and availability.
There are several different outfitters on Maui that offer
downhill bike trips on Haleakala. Some
people think they are great and so might you. BUT, you
will be asked to get up extremely early (around 3 am?? )
if it is for a sunrise trip, and you will be driving up
the hill you will be biking down, so you won't be seeing
anything different... These trips can be very cold too,
and dangerous for some, so just be very aware of what can
happen and if it is right for you.
There are horse back rides offered also
into Halekala, but we don't recommend them at all. The
horses degrade the trails a lot quicker and make it
harder on those humans hiking it for themselves. There is
also the unpleasentries of having to look out for horse
droppings and when stopping for lunch, no one needs to
get a whiff of fresh horse manure...
If you can't hike it yourself, you don't need to hike
into the crater. There are incredible views from the top.
We need to protect areas like these, and horses are a