Paige and I hiked a relatively short circuit down into and around the Haleakala crater during winter of 2011. The caldera of the now dormant volcano rests at about 8000 feet while the top of the volcano is at an altitude 10,000 feet.
There are numerous endangered species that can only be found within the crater, including the Nene (fauna) and Silversword (flora). Also, the crater is one of the best places on the earth for stargazing. I am determined to return to the crater with my AP 130 APO telescope!
Click on the Silversword above for photos from our Haleakala Crater hike.