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Haleakala Shuttle

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An epic descent from the rim of the Haleakala volcano; stunning views.


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17.8

Miles

28.6

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Singletrack

9,904' 3,019 m

High

3,048' 929 m

Low

186' 57 m

Up

7,043' 2,147 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (4°)

27%

Max Grade (15°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Allowed

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Overview

This is a unique shuttle ride that starts near the summit of Haleakala, a 10,000 ft dormant volcano on the island of Maui.

The route is a link up of Skyline to Waipoli doubletrack all the way 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 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.

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Leslie Kehmeier

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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
Beginning of pumice/cinder, making for a technical start.
Feb 25, 2016 near Kēōkea, HI

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