It was an incredible feeling, being above the clouds. We woke up around 3 a.m. to drive the windy, dark way from Hana to the summit at Haleakala National Park at sunrise. And while we were a few minutes late, the views were worth it.
It takes some time for the drive because it is so windy and you have to slow down. It was also still dark as we drove, so we were cautious.
The summit can be popular at sunrise, so arrive early. We still found plenty of parking left though. Bring a jacket, as it can be much cooler here, even if it’s warm on the beaches of Maui. And bring a camera!
The drive down took some time as well, because people take bike tours down the summit road, and they tend to speed down. We were more nervous than they were about hitting them, probably.
Going to the summit was one of the highlights of the trip, and I wished we had allotted more time for hiking.
Have you been to the summit?