Final day at Haleakalā. Early morning start up the switchbacks of the Halema`uma`u trail. During the night we watched as about a dozen hikers came down Halema`uma`u, at various times, heading off to Kapalaoa or Paliku or to the Holua camp area. Was kinda creepy seeing lights descending Halema`uma`u at midnight and having strangers walking past the cabin in the middle of the night. Of course the hikers that passed by were all very friendly. Still...kinda eerie.
Beautiful color in the pre-dawn sky above the Ko`olau Gap
Pink skies above the southern rim of the crater