Maui’s Mount Haleakala Summit

Haleakala

Haleakala Crater

Thoughts of Maui tend to conjure up visions of crescent shaped beaches flanked by lava rocks, palm trees and gorgeous sunshine. A visit to the summit of Maui’s Haleakala provides a sharp contrast to those visions.

At an astounding elevation of over 10,000 feet (over 3,000 meters), Mount Haleakala’s environment is much colder and semi-barren compared to the resort towns of Lahaina, Wailea, and Hana. The harsh, windswept climate generally ranges from lower 40 degrees Fahrenheit  to a maximum temperature of around 65F. Freezing temperatures are not uncommon and occasionally, the summit experiences a blanket of snow.

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The chilled and rocky terrain leads to sparse plant life.

Even though Haleakala’s summit is not the iconic tropical paradise that may have attracted you to Maui, it’s an amazing place to visit. In fact, I’ve traveled to Maui several times and visit to Haleakala’s summit to watch sunrise is almost always on my travel agenda. I even recommend going to Haleakala on my list of the top 5 things to see and do on your Maui vacation.

Haleakala Sunrise

Sunrise at Mount Haleakala

Hawaii’s diverse terrain and microclimates make these islands a fascinating place to explore.  A visit to the summit of Haleakala provides that opportunity to see sharp contrasts that will surely amaze.

Have you visited the summit of Haleakala? What was your impression?

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About Sheila Beal

Sheila Beal is the founder and editor of Go Visit Hawaii. You can connect with Sheila Beal on Twitter, Go Visit Hawaii on Facebook, or Sheila Beal on Google+.

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