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  Haleakala Crater...boy are those mini-craters cool
by seamandrew

Haleakala Crater is quite an impressive site. Not only is it huge, its vastly barren terrain makes you feel like you've landed on Mars. The color of the sediment (soil) also adds to this effect.

It's a common misconception that the crater was formed by a large volcanic blast. However, scientist have proven that the crater was formed by erosion caused by rain and wind.

There are hiking trails all around the crater and they are clearly indicated at the visitor center. Be sure to stop by for some more info.

Also, if you are considering spending the day here at Haleakala, also consider taking the bicycle trip back down. There are various bike tours that will provide you with everything you need. Not recommended if your hiking at the crater too. You won't have enough time in the day. Have fun!

Directions: Very close to the Haleakala Visitor Center.

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Apr 13, 2003
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