Haleakala Highway, Upcountry, Maui Haleakala is an active, but not currently erupting, volcano that last released its fury in 1790. Over 200 years later the land surrounding the lava flow is still barren. The summit rises 10,023 feet above sea level. The crater is 3,000 feet deep, 7.5 miles long and 2.5 miles wide with a total circumference of 22 miles.
One of the world's most spectacular views is from the Haleakala summit. All of Maui is at your feet. Pu'u o Maui, the tallest cinder cone in the crater, is 500 feet tall from the crater's floor. The drive through upcountry Maui to Haleakala is one of the most dramatic trips of a lifetime. Visitors can see Haleakala on foot, bicycle, horseback, motorcycle, or car. There are numerous guided hikes and tours offered by the National Park Service and by private activity companies. Visitng the crater at sunrise or sunset is a most memorable experience. Directions: From Kahului Airport, go west on Highway 36 to the Haleakala Highway (Highway 37). Turn right and follow the signs. Useful Information: -Before venturing out, call for information on weather conditions at 808-871-5054 -Park entrance admission: Vehicles, $10; Hikers and bikers, $5 -The drive to the summit takes approximately 2 hours -Bring a jacket or sweater as temperatures at the summit are cold, especially at dawn -Persons with respiratory or heart conditions should consult with their physician before traveling to high altitudes or attempting any hikes here. -There are no gas stations or convenience stores on the road to the summit - fill up the car with gas and bring drinks and snacks -Halfway to the summit, a bank of clouds usually forms. The summit usually rises above these clouds giving you a clear view of the crater floor -The road to the top is winding - obey speed limit signs, do not pass, and watch out for cyclists.