On Tuesday we heard there was snow on the mountain. We unearthed our winter coats, hats, gloves and scarves, packed a lunch and headed up. Our attempt at reaching the summit of Haleakala to check out the snowy peaks was foiled by a security guard at the gate. He kindly informed us that the park would be closed though Wednesday due to severe weather. Curses. Well it is still closed today. We will make another attempt when the conditions are less dangerous.
As we got closer, there it was... the snow covered summit of Haleakala.
Looking back to the central valley was spectacular. You could see curtains of rain floating by as we drove through the clouds. Kahului Harbor to the right and Ma'alaea Bay to the left
Along the way we noticed several waterfalls which we have never seen on our many trips to the summit. Then as we came to a clearing in the clouds we noticed waterfalls all the way up the slopes. YIKES... yep... all that water had nowhere to go but down which obviously resulted in our flash flood yesterday.
When we got home later that day, the clouds that had blocked our view of the mountain finally floated out of site for a 20 minute window. I managed to get these images from the back yard before they rolled back in. You can just make out the snowy peak in the upper right corner and in the detail image above.
Click HERE to see some awesome images from Maui News.
And HERE for an article on the conditions.