I went for another hike to the top of Maui, in Haleakala National Park. I just love the views up there and couldn't resist taking the camera along.
This time I parked the car at a lower trailhead (Halemau'u), took the trail around and into the crater, crossed over to Shifting Sands trail and climbed up to the Visitor Center. I finished with a 6-mile road run back to the car. Most people get dropped off at the top and hike in the reverse direction, but I liked the idea of a solo loop. Even the road run wasn't too bad.
Morning view toward West Maui in the distance:
Looking north at the greenery. Somewhere over there is the road to Hana.
A view down into the crater.
And after making my way down the switchbacks to the bottom, here's a look back the way I had come from:
A small lava cone (scale is much reduced from the rest of the photos in this post):
Oh wait, here's another close-up, this one of a Silversword (so pretty):
Still amazed at the lunar-like landscape:
"Stick" figure in the sand:
Love the colors on these slopes, this taken while climbing Shifting Sands:
And the trail up to the top:
How lucky to have this mountain on Maui!