Trails on Horseback
We saw these horses up at the summit. Apparently a company called Pony Express Tours does rides both at the Crater and lower. They also have a ranch (photo 2) down lower on the volcano that offers ziplines.
These horses were probably for the Ka Moa O Pele Junction Ride
This ride descends Sliding Sands Trail to the Crater floor 2500 ft. below where a well deserved picnic lunch is served featuring our delicious croissant sandwiches! Round trip is 7.5 awe inspiring miles taking around 4 hours. Prior riding experience is recommended. Check in first at the ranch office, then continue up to the Visitor Center Parking lot just past mile marker 20 to meet your guide. Reservations required.
Photos 2,3,4 and 5 show ranches and other horse facilities which are on the way to the National Park.
Equipment: Their website says
"This is an outdoor ride at an elevation, so sprinkles and wind can come and go. We provide full rain gear and are looking for people ready for an adventure!"
This ride is not for first time riders. Children, especially, between 10-12 years of age should have been riding a minimum of 6 times and be on the athletic, adventurous, and mature side
Our crater horseback tours take place at the world famous Haleakala Crater, approximately 10,000 ft above sea level. We suggest that you wear long pants, closed toe shoes like a sneaker, dress in layers with a warm outer jacket, hat, and maximum sunscreen. Rarely do we have a rider that has a problem with the elevation, but it is something to consider before going on a crater ride.
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Ride down the Switchbacks
Our bus driver pointed several biking possibilities. (It goes without saying that I have not done either of them). He said that the motorcyclists loved to come up on Sunday because there were no police up on the crater to catch them speeding.
We also followed people who picked one of the other possible tours from the ship. This was a regular bicycle ride down the crater road. A van (photo 2) takes people and the bikes up to the top of the crater and then they bike/coast down. It is basically ALL downhill, so you don't have to pedal hardly at all. People say this is thrilling to do, but our bus driver warned us about the danger of misjudging one of the curves and wiping out. He pointed out that you have to sign a release agreeing not to hold the bike company responsible for anything including death.
The rules specify
- No beginners.
- NO PREGNANT WOMEN.
- At least 12 years of age and 5 feet tall.
- Maximum weight 250 lbs.
Note: The bike ride begins at 6500’ elevation of Mount Haleakala, OUTSIDE the park, where you will descend the 21 switchbacks on the western slopes with only 200 yards of pedaling. For the regular tour (just the bike ride) the duration is approximately 4.5 hours.
If you want to really see the park, this is not the way to do it.
Equipment: The biking company provides bikes with non-fail drum brakes and comfortable cushion seats. poly carbonate ventilated helmets, the best lightweight all-weather gear, and insulated waterproof gloves.
You need to wear close toed, rubber soled shoes and dress in layers.
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