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Ride Description


This is an epic and challenging climb on the beautiful Hawaiian Island of Maui.  The 35 mile climb from Paia to the Haleakala lookout and visitor center shares its first 8 miles with another Top 100 climb (Baldwin Avenue/Olinda Road).  From Paia (a small town of just over 2,000 with several restaurants and small shops to occupy your pre or post ride time) ride 8 miles on Baldwin (which turns into Olinda Rd at Makawao Avenue - 7 mile mark), turn right onto Hanamu for one mile then turn left onto Haleakala Hwy for the remaining 26.8 miles to the top.

Haleakala is the second most difficult climb by bike in Hawaii and the U.S. per the Fiets Index (Mauna Kea towers above all others).

At mile 9.2 we turn onto Haleakala Hwy (Hwy 377) .  At Mile 14, Hwy 377 and Haleakala Hwy part ways and we turn left and begin a series of spectacular switchbacks that rival those of Palomar Mountain in San Diego County, Ca (by our count there are 24, which is a few more than Palomar).  The scenery is gorgeous on the way up and the road surface excellent with generally good shoulders and bike lanes.

Provisions can be had along the way (as of June, 2014):  Makawao (6 miles from start - market and bakery) and the Kula Market (13.5 miles up on Hwy 377 - down a slight hill on the right, not readily visible from the road - next to Kula Lodge & Restaurant).

Although it really cannot be done comfortably via a bicycle (not to say you may not want to give that a go), driving up to the summit by car before sunrise and watching the sun rise dramatically through and above the clouds is one of those once-in-a-lifetime experiences you will not regret.

Bike Rentals - those who favor Specialized are well served at Island Biker (Islandbiker.com); Maui Cyclery (gocyclingmaui.com; 99 Hana Hwy) also has rentals and is actually right at the start of the Haleakala and Baldwin climbs.

Alternate Route to the summit


See Waipoli Road (#10) Climb Page for description. 


Ride Description


This is an epic and challenging climb on the beautiful Hawaiian Island of Maui.  The 35 mile climb from Paia to the Haleakala lookout and visitor center shares its first 8 miles with another Top 100 climb (Baldwin Avenue/Olinda Road).  From Paia (a small town of just over 2,000 with several restaurants and small shops to occupy your pre or post ride time) ride 8 miles on Baldwin (which turns into Olinda Rd at Makawao Avenue - 7 mile mark), turn right onto Hanamu for one mile then turn left onto Haleakala Hwy for the remaining 26.8 miles to the top.

Haleakala is the second most difficult climb by bike in Hawaii and the U.S. per the Fiets Index (Mauna Kea towers above all others).

At mile 9.2 we turn onto Haleakala Hwy (Hwy 377) .  At Mile 14, Hwy 377 and Haleakala Hwy part ways and we turn left and begin a series of spectacular switchbacks that rival those of Palomar Mountain in San Diego County, Ca (by our count there are 24, which is a few more than Palomar).  The scenery is gorgeous on the way up and the road surface excellent with generally good shoulders and bike lanes.

Provisions can be had along the way (as of June, 2014):  Makawao (6 miles from start - market and bakery) and the Kula Market (13.5 miles up on Hwy 377 - down a slight hill on the right, not readily visible from the road - next to Kula Lodge & Restaurant).

Although it really cannot be done via a bicycle, driving up to the summit by car before sunrise and watching the sun rise dramatically through and above the clouds is one of those once-in-a-lifetime experiences you will not regret.

Bike Rentals - those who favor Specialized are well served at Island Biker (Islandbiker.com); Maui Cyclery (gocyclingmaui.com; 99 Hana Hwy) also has rentals and is actually right at the start of the Haleakala and Baldwin climbs.

Cycling Hawaii

Haleakala, Maui 

Finish 

 Note:  Click on “View full route" (top left) which opens the Haleakala  RideWithGPS page.  Hover over the distance line at the spot you would like to begin a sub- segment for this climb.  Click your mouse on the start point and drag the vertical graphing line the distance you wish to obtain sub-detail from, then release the  mouse at the end point.  This will give you the following sub-detail for the selected segment in the “Metrics” window top right of the page:  (a) distance, (b) Elevation  gained and lost, (c) max grade, (d) average grade (e) that segment's climb category – e.g. Cat 1, HC, etc., and (f) FIETS score for the segment.

Hover cursor over segment slices, below, for exact  grade of a particular segment. Map route (bottom) colors correlate with elevation legend colors.

 Each segment ~ 1/3 mile

MapMyRide.com

Start ​(click and drag map; double click to move forward)


Statistics and Details


  • Distance:                              34.8 miles                        

  • Beginning elevation:           14'

  • Ending elevation:                 9,978'

  • Average Grade:                   6.9%

  • Fiets Index:                           18.01
                   
  • Location:  Climb begins at the intersection of Hwy 36 (Hana Hwy) and Baldwin Ave (20.91605, -156.38119  latitude/longitude) 7 miles from Kahului International Airport.  Note:  An alternate beginning to this ride is just outside Kahului Airport at the intersection of Hana Hwy and Haleakala Hwy (Hwy 37) - this route intersects the preferred route 8.7 miles and 1,905' up volcano at the intersection of Hwy 37-377/Haleakala Hwy - beginning at Paia gets you to that intersection at 9.1m/1,989'.  The Paia route is more scenice with less traffic and is a superior beginning route.