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Skyline Downhill

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An adventure ride that starts from the rim of Haleakala, a 10,000 ft volcano.


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16.6

Miles

26.7

KM

25%

Singletrack

9,899' 3,017 m

High

3,048' 929 m

Low

100' 31 m

Up

6,952' 2,119 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (5°)

27%

Max Grade (15°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Unknown

Waipoli Access Rd is open

Overview

The Skyline Downhill is a unique ride that starts near the summit of Haleakala, a 10,000 ft dormant volcano.

The ride is done as a shuttle. The route is a link up of Skyline to Mamane and then down Waipoli road to Rice Memorial Park park. For a shorter ride, you can park a vehicle at the Boundary Trail access point along the Waipoli doubletrack.

Expect to spend at least half a day to complete the ride. The journey up to the summit of Haleakala is a long and winding, yet beautiful drive.

Need to Know

Skyline is accessed through Haleakala National Park. If you plan to visit the viewpoints along the crater rim you'll need to pay the $10 fee at the entrance gate. If you only intend to access the top of Skyline to start the ride then you can be waved through at no cost.

Skyline is a doubletrack comprised of cinders and pumice stone. It's strongly advised to wear a full face helmet and a full compliment of body armor. This part of the route is often dry, loose and can be extremely technical to maneuver.

Description

Skyline starts from a gate just outside Haleakala National Park. Head downhill on paved road with the Big Island in the distance. The route turns right and turns to cinder and pumice stone, a surface that can get extremely technical at times.

Skyline turns back to the left after is traverse below the observatory buildings and then screams across a moonscape. With earth tones in front of you and the deep blue of the Pacific Ocean below, it's likely to be one of the most unique landscapes you can experience on a bike.

The route descends through a series of switchbacks above the Kula Forest Reserve before it reaches Mamane trail.

Turn right to continue the adventure on Mamane, mountain singletrack that descends through a cloud forest.

The upper end beings in low shrubs and grass slopes with lots of whoops and turns. The fun factor is high with plenty of opportunities to catch air.

The middle section of the trail transitions to a bit more technical riding with some loose cobble and small drops. The tree cover also changes and you'll find yourself riding through big bushy pine trees.

The lower reaches are the most technical with extended sections of rocks and boulders. The forest is perhaps the most beautiful with tall trees and small pockets of meadows.

Manane ends on the Waipoli doubletrack. Turn right to finish the Skyline downhill by descending all of Waipoli Road to Rice Memorial Park.

History & Background

Haleakala National Park was established in 1961 and covers 33,265 acres. Its name is Hawaiian for 'house of the sun'. The park sees over 1.5 million visitors per year. Although mountain bikes are not allowed inside the park (Skyline trail is outside of its boundaries), Haleakala is definitely worth the time to stop and gaze into the crater and at the surrounding views.

Contacts

Shared By:

Leslie Kehmeier with improvements by AAron Reichert

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The upper end of Mamane has plenty of rolling, jumpy fun.
Mar 17, 2014 near Kēōkea, HI
The lower you get on Skyline the more green you see.
Mar 17, 2014 near Kēōkea, HI
Skyline is a lot of fun but watch out for the cinders and pumice stone!
Mar 17, 2014 near Kēōkea, HI
Cinder Road along ridge line.
Feb 25, 2016 near Kēōkea, HI
Summit Building parking lot before dropping 18 miles down some 7,000 ft along Skyline, Mamane and through Poli Poli State Park on Waipoli Rd to Highway 37. Breaks for battery changes, pictures and seat adjustments. . .
Feb 28, 2016 near Kēōkea, HI
Paragliders, disc-golf course, lavender farm, and paved switchbacks between grassy fields.
Feb 25, 2016 near Kēōkea, HI

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Nov 25, 2019
Jessica Urban
Oct 28, 2019
David Strand
What a ride!! Heavy mist throughout made this a little spicier than I had planned for: at times things got wet, slippery, and low visibility. That…
Mar 2, 2019
David Maniaci
:-) 21.7mi
Sep 3, 2018
Andy B
Such an awesome ride!! The first few miles are sketchy, but only because of the loose rock and gravel - like the moon! But still awesome! 18.5mi
Jul 31, 2018
Corey Griffin
w/ Calvino
Feb 12, 2018
Ryan Goemans
amazing ride. one of my most memorable rides. 30mi
Feb 8, 2018
Scott Lisenbe
Rained for several days before. Skyline had been recently graded and was nice and smooth with only a few soft corners.
Nov 14, 2017
Erin Wise
16.1mi