Biking Down Maui’s Volcano: Haleakala
This tour should be at the top of everyone’s list of things to do while visiting the island of Maui. Now, a lot of you are asking what kind of bike could actually get this job done. Well lucky for you Krank Cycles has the ideal bike for when the rubber meet’s the road.
Our Raleigh Tokul mountain bikes are available in sizes XS, S, M, L, and XL and have front suspension for added COMFORT and disc brakes for SAFETY.
Don’t let the title fool you, biking down this volcano is done completely on paved roads, so no off-road biking or mountain bike tour experience is necessary. Just get on the bike and let gravity do the rest!
What to Expect Wile Descending The Volcano
It’s a lot colder than you might initially think, but the views are entirely worth the extra shiver. We suggest you bring a wind breaker or light jacket for the first few miles of this downhill bike ride.
From Haleakala National Park entrance, the journey is about 23 miles down and an approximate elevation loss of 6,500 feet. (That’s more than a mile!!) The grades can be steep at times and there are tight corners to navigate, but anyone who can ride a bicycle and is used to using front and rear hand brakes can do this ride.
Do not forget your sunblock!
One of the advantages of renting a bike from up country is that you can actually ride within the National Park. The commercial bike companies are not permitted to shuttle riders inside the park to depart from the Haleakala Crater.
Riding a bike down this volcano will bring you through tree-less areas, grazing land, then huge stands of eucalyptus trees. There are quaint towns, art galleries, and various stores and restaurants along the way. Since you’re on a self-guided trip, you can stop when and where you’d like. And, trust us, you’ll stop because at times the views are so amazing you’ll want a moment to take it all in. It’s not everyday you can ride a bike from above 10,000 feet and finish your day at the beach.