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.
Skyline starts from a gate just outside Haleakala National Park. Head downhill on a 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 its 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 the Waipoli doubletrack at an intersection with Mamane.
Continue straight to ride through another series of switchbacks before a big right-hand turn. Near the Boundary Trail parking area, the road levels out for a short section before it turns to pavement and descends steeply to the finish at Rice Memorial Park.