Today I spent the morning in Haleakala National Park. After spending time on Maui’s coast, the crater is a dramatic contrast. We went from sea level to 10,023 feet and experienced a temperature change from 86° to 51°. Most everyone shoots the crater itself, as did I, but what the light did to the volcanic rocks, the floor below, and clouds on the backside was too good to pass up.
Haleakala Crater was hiding in the clouds today. I sat at the summit for most of the afternoon hoping for it to open up. It did a little.
It’s not really a highway but a trail that starts at La Pérouse Bay, on Maui southern coast, and winds through the lava fields created by Haleakal¯a’s last eruption in 1790. The trail is well defined but getting off it to photograph tidal pools and various coves is a challenge due to the unforgiving lava rocks. This is the start of the trail.
You all know that on one of these hikes or outings we take many photos but only can publish a few. These are couple to give you an idea of what it looks like.