Skyline & Mamane Trail
Skyline Trail ranks in on one of the world’s best downhill trails.
Traveler Magazine’s readers choice award has voted Maui as one of the top islands in the work for 20 consecutive years. Topping the list of attractions on Maui is Haleakala National Park. A thrilling way to experience the wonders of this park is to descend the backside of the volcano on one of our full suspension mountain bikes.
This journey starts at 10,023 feet from the summit of Haleakala, just southwest of the observatories. On clear days, you will be able to see bi-coastal views of Maui and catch glimpses of the Big Island. This ride takes you through many diverse terrains and ecosystems. These include the moonscapes of the Skyline trail, the pine forest of the Mamane trail, the misty waddle forest, dirt and paved roads and open fields of Waipoli Road and finishing at the beautiful Lavender Farm.
This journey starts at the summit of Haleakala just 1.25 miles southwest of the observatories. On clear days, you will be able to see bi-coastal views of Maui and the catch glimpses of the Big Island. Skyline trail drops a good 3000 feet in just under 7 miles to Mamane trail, the next trail you’ll pick up to finish your ride on Waipoli road. Once you are on Mamane trail you are descending another 1000 feet in just less than 2 miles to the dirt portion of Waipoli road for another 2 miles on pavement. When you hit pavement on Wailpoli road you are in for still yet even more exciting and fun switch backs plunging again another 3000 feet in just 6 miles break gripping turns at a 10% grade. You can call a finish at Lavender Farms or continue on another 13 miles to sea level on the Halealaka highway.
Make reservations and rent a quality mountain bike for a once in a lifetime adventure you really don’t want to miss!
DIRECTIONS AND TERRAIN:
From State Hwy 377 turn onto Crater Road (State Hwy 378) and drive up approx. 22 miles to almost the 10,000 foot elevation. At Hosmer’s Grove is the National Park Entrance. Keep going. When you get to the Visitor Center/Parking on your left, stay on the road to the right leading up to the Summit lookout. Before the lookout on the left is an open gate/road that leads to the Summit observatories. Take that left and follow the road until you see the gated road with the Skyline Trail arrowed sign. Park on the side and unload bikes/gear for Skyline Trail access.
- Walk around the locked gate and ride your mountain bike down the asphalt road to the Skyline Trail start. Skyline Trail will head downhill for a short while. Then have a short rise that begins the 3,000 ft descent to the Mamane Trail head.
- Skyline Trail consists of loose lava rock and is a dirt service road. There will be a locked gate around 8,000 ft with a ride-a-round. Another 1,000 ft descent until you reach the Mamane Trail head.
- Make a right off the Skyline Trail onto Mamane Trail. This is a natural location for a food break and rest spot.
- Follow Mamane Trail down to Waiohuli Trail, and descend down Waiohuli trail until you reach the Waipoli dirt road.
- Make a right onto to Waipoli road and ride for about 25 minutes until you reach the Waipoli Road asphalt.
- Descend down the asphalt road until you reach the Lavender Farm or Rice Park. There are some short cuts or chutes that go off the asphalt road and lead down to the next switchback. Keep your eyes out for some MTB technical trail instead of riding all the way down the road.
CRATER CYCLES TIPS:
- Haleakala National Park Entrance: All park users must pay a fee to enter the national park. However, if you tell the park ranger you want access to Skyline Trail for mountain biking or hiking the fee WILL BE waived. However, the park will accept donations for park upkeep.
- Bikes: We recommend a Giant Reign, downhill or 6″ travel bike for this trip. However, it can be done on smaller travel bikes.
- Gear: Full face helmet and pads! It gets very cold at the top and can be rainy. Extra clothing and rain jacket would be good in the pack.
- Skyline Trail: Very loose and sharp lava rock at the top! Take your time if you do not feel confident.
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* For further information about mountain biking trails and mtb activities on Maui please visit the Maui Mountain Bike Coalition. Makawao Forest Reserve is managed by the Department Of Land and Natural Resources, State of Hawaii.