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Haleakalā Crater

The Haleakalā Crater hike is one of the main destinations for visitors to the park. This multi-colored volcanic landscape is definitely a must see.

Haleakalā National Park

Haleakalā Crater Description

The Crater hike in Haleakalā is one of the top destinations for visitors to the park. Most hiking is done via the Keonehe‘ehe‘e trail which travels all the way down to the crater floor. The multi-colored volcanic landscape is unlike anything you’ve seen and definitely worth exploring.

Hiking the crater can involve just a short hike from the rim to view the spectacular area or a more involved backcountry hike down to the crater floor and beyond. The park has three wilderness cabins available to backpackers upon reservation which can make for a really unique visit to the park. Hiking up here is very strenuous and not recommended for beginners or pregnant women. The lower levels of oxygen near the summit area can cause altitude sickness and pose real danger to those unprepared. Bring plenty of water and proper clothing to prepare for the cold temperatures the area usually experiences. Lastly, check the park website for the latest information before going and have fun!

Best Time to Visit Haleakalā Crater

The best time to visit the crater is when the weather cooperates, which might be anytime. Sunrises at the crater are beautiful when they are visible, but due to the constantly changing weather and dense fog the area experiences in the morning you never know when you’ll get that picture perfect sunrise. The best advice we can offer is to check the park website for the latest updates and prepare accordingly.

Things to Note

The Haleakalā Crater is a must see on any visit to the park. But the weather can be nasty and unpredictable so check ahead of time and see if you can catch it on a good day as it’s not something you’ll want to miss.

Haleakalā Crater | Haleakalā National Park, Hawaii

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