One of the scenic highlights of the Hawaiian archipelago, Haleakala Crater marks the austere, yawning mouth of Maui's dominant shield volcano. Centerpiece of Haleakala National Park, the crater--probably formed by headwall erosion rather than volcanic activity--comes peppered with cinder cones and penetrated by trails that take hikers deep into wild Maui backcountry.
The summit of Haleakala is probably best known as a sunrise vantage: Taking in the daybreak show (which Mark Twain called "the sublimest spectacle I ever witnessed") is popular enough that the National Park Service now requires reservations for accessing the mountaintop between 3 AM and 7 AM. Still most definitely worth it.
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