We have a printable Skyline Trail Map on our website that is black and white that won’t take up all your ink. We got flash flood warnings on Maui again this evening. Weather is awesome right now and all trails are riding good.
Skyline, Poli Poli state park, Rice park or where the Skyline trail and Mamane trail end at are just over 15 minutes away from us. Check our our trail page for printable maps or pick up a foldable laminated copy at the shop. We unfortunately cannot provide any kind of shuttle service into Haleakala National Park, but the Krank Kog is an interactive blog so locals and visiting cyclists can hook up and link some shuttles and rides.
Here are some directions post by the Maui Mountain Biking Coalition
Directions- From State Hwy 377 turn onto Crater Road (State Hwy 378). Drive up over 22 miles to almost the 10,000 foot elevation. Right below the summit is the parking/Visitor Center. Stay on the road to the right leading up to the summit lookout. Before the lookout is a open gate/road on the left that leads to the summit observatories. Take that left and follow the road till 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 than have a short rise that begins the 3000ft descent to the Mamane Trail head.
Skyline Trail consists of loose lava rock and dirt service road. There will be a locked gate around 8000ft with a ride-a-round. Another 1000ft 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 till you reach the Waipoli dirt road.
Make a right onto to Waipoli road and ride for about 25 minutes till you reach the Waipoli Road asphalt.
Descend down the asphalt road till 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.
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- High Recommend a 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, sharp lava rock at the top! Take your time if you do not feel confident. A crash will be very painful!
Recommended Riding Ability- Intermediate to Advanced. Not a beginner trip!
Maui Mountain Bike Coalition, Skyline trail, Mamane Trail, Polipoli State Park, Haleakala National Park