Added by Natalie O'Connor
Enjoy the sunset & a few hours later the sunrise on the summit of Haleakalā!
Hosmer Grove is the closest drive-up campground to the Haleakalā summit. Camping at 7,000 feet you should be prepared chill, fog, and rain during the evening and morning. Nighttime temperatures can drop close to freezing while daytime highs average around 50-60s.
As soon as you turn onto Highway 378, be prepared with a full tank of gas, plenty of food, and all of your overnight supplies. The twists and turns of the road bring you from the warm Hawaiian temperatures and sunshine to haze, fog, and brisk winds.
Hosmer Grove is just over .5 miles and a left turn from the clearly marked Park Summit entrance checkpoint. The campground is first come, first serve and does not require reservations or permit. The max capacity is 50.
Upon entering the grounds, the road will curve around to the main, but small parking area. There are a few parking spots on the entrance road as well as an additional lot near an extra set of restrooms.
When surveying the land, you'll notice a large grassy area which with several flat sites ideal for camping. Because of the wet conditions, we opted for the most tree coverage available which was in the forest near the back of the campground. Between a few downed trees, we found just enough room for our tent next to the nature trail.
We arrived on a Friday evening around 4PM. The campground had about 20 other campers setup and preparing their dinner. Depending on the season, you'll have just enough time to get your camp setup and head to the Haleakalā summit (about a 30 minute drive) to watch the sunset. 12 hours later, you'll find yourself on the same path to witness the famous sunrise.
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