Biking Down the Maui Volcano -Haleakala

Maui Bike Tour down Haleakala Biking down the Maui Volcano Haleakala along Crater Road is challenging and exhilarating, with an occasional accident. Biking down Haleakala is the perfect adrenaline pumping activity.

Some Maui bike tours drive you to the summit of Haleakala in time to see the sunrise, then you bike down the lower slopes of the volcano.

But speeding down the slopes of Haleakala is not the place to learn how to ride a bicycle. There is a good deal of steering and braking and speed involved - an upcountry citizens group says that the local hospital admits one person that was biking down Haleakala every other day.

Maui Volcano Haleakala Bike Tours

Because of biking accidents, escorted (a van follows you) commerical bike tours from the volcano summit were discontinued by the National Park Service in 2007. So now you can take unescorted (you are on your own down the volcano) or escorted (a van follows you) bike tours that begin further down the volcano, outside the National Park.

Most of the bike tour companies have a minimum age requirement.

There are a wide variety of duration and distance options offered, so be sure to select one that matches your comfort zone.

Maui Bike Tour Videos

The Maui bike tour video below provides a overview of a combined Haleakala sunrise and subsequent escorted bike tour down Haleakala. The video wanders a bit at the end, but the first part is worth the time if you are considering a Haleakala bike tour.

To view the video, click on the PLAY button in the image below.

This video is an unescorted (not part of a tour) bicycle ride from the Haleakala summit.You get a good perspective of the skill, speed, and turning that is involved. The photographer is an experienced biker, and is wearing a camera on his helmet (you can see the shadow image of the camera on the pavement when the photographer is at the high sunny part of the volcano).

This next Maui bike tour video is a ride down the backside of Haleakala on the Kaupo Trail Road. The bikers description of his video:

This is a mountain bike helmet cam video of the Kaupo Trail Road descent on Maui. The road is near the Kaupo Gap on the Haleakala volcano. We start where the hiking trail begins at the top of the road, and we descend to the intersection near the Kaupo Store and then head east towards Kipahulu. There are great views of the Big Island and some glimpses of Kaupo Gap at the top. It's about a 1000 foot vertical drop, and it's quite fast and bumpy. It's an interesting downhill that varies between dirt, gravel, patchwork pavement, and smooth asphalt. The climb to the top is quite doable, and the grade is steady the entire way. There isn't much traffic on this road, but please watch for animals, horses, people, and vehicles if you decide to come down it fast. This one of my favorite short off-road rides when I'm in the Kaupo or Kipahulu area.
There is no sound with this video.

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Haleakala Tours

I provide a whole group of web pages below for you to review your options for a tour of the Maui volcano Haleakala.

Day Tours

If you want someone else to drive you up the winding road to the summit of the Maui volcano on a Haleakala day tour, you have several options:

• The Haleakala and Rainforest tour from Temptation Tours also includes stops at Hosmer's Grove, a protea farm, the paniolo cowboy town of Makawao, Haiku, a rainforest waterfall, Keanae Peninsula and Hookipa Beach.

• The Haleakala - Magnificent Maui tour from Roberts Hawaii also includes stops at the Iao Valley rainforest and the historic whaling town of Lahaina.

• The Haleakala Summit tour from Polynesian Adventures also includes a tour through Central Maui and a stop at Iao Valley rainforest park.

Sunrise Tours

You have a choice of two types of Haleakala sunrise tours:

1. Motor Coach Haleakala sunrise tours pick you up at your hotel or condo at about 3AM, provide some sort of breakfast, and drive you up the winding road in the dark to the Haleakala summit before sunrise. Get exact pricing and scheduling details for volcano sunrise and day trip tours:

• Polynesian Adventures Haleakala sunrise tour

• Temptation Tours Haleakala sunrise tour

2. Haleakala Sunrise Bike Ride Tours where you watch the sun rise, then ride a bike either from the Haleakala summit or from the entrance of Haleakala National Park.

Bike Tours

To read about the many Haleakala bike tour options, get exact pricing or make reservations, visit my Haleakala Bike Tours page.

Hiking Tours

A Haleakala crater hike from Hike Maui includes up to three trails to accumulate four miles - Hosmer's Cove Trail, Halemauu, and Sliding Sands Trail. Hike Maui declares their trail guides to be 'the best trained naturalist guides on Maui'.

Horseback Riding

Riding horseback into the Maui Volcano Haleakala crater is an alternative to hiking the Sliding Sands trail. Instead, you descend from the volcano summit down into the crater on horseback. The Ka Moa O Pele Junction Ride is offered by Pony Express Tours.