Monday, July 20, 2015

Video of rainbow at Haleakalā National Park

Though many hike the mountain tops of Hawaii’s Haleakalā National Park to enjoy fantastic sunrises, there’s another romantic sight to see there: rainbows.

Dormant for at least four centuries, the national park’s Haleakalā volcano is massive, soaring more than 10,000 feet in the sky, its crater almost 7 miles across, 2 miles wide, and half-a-mile deep. If lucky enough to hike the volcano after or near a rainstorm, you stand a good chance of being treated to rising mist that reveals a rainbow. For many, it’s an awe-inspiring, inspirational moment, especially amid the ashen remains of the extinct cinder cones being walked.

The best hike for catching a rainbow is the Keonehe'ehe'e Trail (aka Sliding Sands Trail), which heads through the multi-hued desert past cinder cones. It leaves from the Haleakalā Visitor Center parking lot. Hike a 3.9-mile segment to the first trail intersection in the crater for a 7.8-mile round trip.

Here’s a video of rainbow taken in one of Haleakalā’s cinder cones:

Best trails to see Haleakalā National Park’s wonders

Learn more about national park day hiking trails in my Best Sights to See at America’s National Parks guidebook.