Living in Munich quite close to the Alps we are used to mountains. We love seeing them, hiking to places we don’t know and check our physical abilities by getting up there. Of course nowadays we’re a bit limited as to the hikes we choose, as we have to carry our two little ones as well, even though Linnéa already walks amazing distances for her age on her own two feet. In her own speed, with some kind of reward expectation at the end. But without a lot of complaining, which makes me proud. That being said, getting up a 3000m (10000ft) high mountain and hike in the summit area, experience the sunset there and the views is not something we’re doing every day. So we were excited to get up the Haleakala, being the summit of a huge volcano, which forms 75% of the island of Maui. It is located in the east of Maui and part of the Haleakala National Park. Compared to the Mauna Kea on Big Island, it’s elevation is 1200m less, but it’s accessible with our two kids.
The summit area is accessible by car and the drive is not too demanding. Being part of the National Park, an entrance fee of 10$ is requested, which is nothing for the services in forms of accessibility and hiking paths you get. Once being up there you can simply enjoy the view or take a trail into the massive depression. Being more than 11km long, 3km wide and 800m deep it is quite an experience. You are looking at many different shades of the red earth, the massive, rocky walls of the crater and clouds playing with them. Walking down the path you can enjoy the different perspectives once you are getting deeper and you can really feel how big the area is. From there we could see Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea on Big Island, as their summits are reaching over the clouds as well.
We enjoyed the walk a lot. We planned the trip so we would finish our hike just before sunset. A sunset far over the clouds in the middle of the Pacific made a really cool day unforgettable.