Almost a year ago I came up with the idea for an epic one-day mission on Maui: Hike from sea level to the top of Haleakala, a dormant volcano with a summit at 10,000 feet, then ride a bike down the paved roads on the other side, almost 80km, back to where my parents live.
Last week, I made it happen.
On Friday, I rented a bike and drove it up to the to the summit, then went to bed super early that night.
On Saturday morning, I woke up at 4:00am and got picked up at 4:30am.
Some notes on this hike:
I had 3.5 litres of water with me - it wasn’t enough. I’d recommend much more than that if you’re doing this hike.
The hike from Kaupo General Store into the crater is absolutely brutal - much of the trail is like an old ATV trail with big, loose rocks (I’m used to New Zealand and British Columbia, where the trails are in much better condition!) I chalk this up to this section being rarely used.
Use a a map app! I used Gaia GPS, and made sure I had a map of the region downloaded. There were a few sections where the trail was hard to find.
I really felt the elevation/altitude at the end - the last 500m of elevation were some of the toughest I’ve done.