Haleakala is the House of the Rising Sun – literally.
The sunrises are of such an epic magnitude that they draw people to get up at ridiculous o’ clock at night to drive up its endless winding hairpin roads to the summit, braving dizzying steep dropoffs, in order to gawk over the ethereal beauty of its caldera when the sun slowly lights up and paints it in otherworldly colours.
I would have loved to walk across the caldera and explore its countless craters & cinder cones. But unfortunately it was so windy that morning that I would probably have been blown across it like a tumbling weed.
So I decided to go to the lower & less windy end instead, where the walking track from the summit emerges at Halemau’u. I wandered along steep ridges, while the track was frequently engulfed by foggy clouds weaving in and out of the caldera. But when they lift, you will be rewarded with some truly breathtaking views. It all adds to the mysterious beauty of this epic mountain.
NaturePic Challenge – Mountains & Volcanoes # 2: Haleakala, Maui (Hawaii)
Sunrise into the Ko’olau Gap caldera.
Rows of craters and cinder cones.
The walking track at Halemau’u, at the lower end of the Ko’olau Gap caldera.
Hair-raising hairpin roads in the sky!
Silvery pre-sunrise light.
(c) Nancy Claus – Wilderness Coffee & Natural High
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