At The Top Of A Volcano
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Haleakala National Park
The key to this hike is timing and perseverance. The earlier you start the better. In the afternoon is when the rain usually comes. Keep in mind, you start at over 9700 feet in elevation, BEFORE you ascend into the hike. It's a 5.8 mile hike. One way down, then you have to turn around and come right back up. Try and wear some rain gear, because you will get wet. You're right at the level of the clouds; they roll right past you. The ascend is gnarly. This is a strenuous hike and you will be huffing and puffing. Before the rain started, I felt like I was hiking on Mars. After the clouds rolled in and there was zero visibility, I felt like I was hiking on the moon.
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