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Starting Feb 2017, a prior reservation is required to be admitted to the park for sunrise. You want to get to the summit 20-30 minutes before the sunrise time in the table below. Leave yourself an extra 15-30 minutes (depending on how far you’re driving) for slow-pokes and paying the entrance fee. If you’re driving during peak traffic times (typically during daylight hours, and especially from West Maui) drive times can take longer.
(Sunrise/Sunset times are from the NPS and have been properly time adjusted for the summit.) When the Sun Sets A strong “second-best” next to the sunrises, sunsets are still absolutely spectacular up here.
Haleakala Crater is the most popular attraction in Upcountry Maui.
Stunning sunrises, panoramic out-of-this-world landscapes, birds-eye views of the Maui central valley, and flora and fauna that exist nowhere else in the world.
Oh, and while we’re on the subject of the beach and ocean – if you’re a diver, the reduced pressure at the altitude of Haleakala is well below that of a pressurized aircraft. Also important to remember, if you go for a hike into the Crater, the hike Sunrises Sunrise is the most popular time here.
Mark Twain called it “the sublimest spectacle I ever witnessed.” Words can not do this event justice, it is a feeling to be experienced.
Overnight (yeah, before sunrise) temperatures can dip .
), but I think the Maui Guidebook will just call it a capital-C “Crater” (as in place name) rather than the longer-winded (and far-less recognized) “Haleakala National Park Summit Area.” Oh, and that dried lava-mountain you’re looking at isn’t actually done erupting yet.
Haleakala is dormant, and (geologically speaking) it has erupted fairly recently.
Over this period of time, smaller lava flows back-filled the eroding valley, building up the floor of what is commonly called the Haleakala Crater.
The cinder cones that dot the landscape here are the last of these most recent eruptions (and these individually have true Like the oft misunderstood prune, there has been an effort to re-brand the Haleakala Crater area something more technically accurate (dried lava-mountain?