Train and be prepared

Bike to the top

Rent your bike at either South Maui Bicycles, 1993 S. Kihei Road, No. 5, Kihei, (808) 874-0068, or Crater Cycles, 358 Papa Place, Suite F1, Kahului, (808) 893-2020. And be sure to rent a convertible so you can easily transport it.

Train a lot! Biking up Haleakala is not a ride you can just do, unless you’re a triathlete or experienced cyclist. Try Dawson Saddle (near Azusa), which will get you up to 7,900 feet, and Mt. Baldy, a steep 4,600-foot climb.


Bring more food and water than you think you’ll need, plus cold-weather and rain gear. Check the weather in advance; if possible, try to have a three- or four-day window in which to attempt the ride. Temperatures range from 40 to 65 degrees at the summit.

Last place for food is at the Kula Lodge at about the 14-mile mark. Last available water is just past the entrance to Haleakala National Park.

Leave early, especially in the summer. Count on cycling four to six hours, maybe more.