I understand that the keonehe' ehe' e trailhead is just a short distance from the lookout point, at 9700 ft. My wife had trouble with altitude sickness hiking in Lake Tahoe (7k ft?) so do you guys think this trailhead would be too high for her?
Is their any trail into the crater that has less elevation?
I've heard the majority of visitors ascend the mountain in the pre-dawn hours to view the spectacular sunrise and if skies are clear one can see the other Hawaiian islands in the distance. It supposedly gets very crowded in the mornings so an option would be to visit in the afternoon to see the sunset. Has anyone seen the Haleakala sunsets? If so are they less spectacular than the sunrises? Sunrise or sunset I'd like to hear of your experiences at Haleakala. Thanks!