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Maui Skyline Loop

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A long day of hiking to explore the full Maui Skyline Loop.


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Map Key

36.8

Miles

59.2

KM

Loop

9,951' 3,033 m

High

3,098' 944 m

Low

8,190' 2,496 m

Up

8,189' 2,496 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (5°)

31%

Max Grade (17°)

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Overview

This loop features big ridge climbs and amazing views of the valleys, Pacific Ocean, and surrounding islands of Hawaii.

Need to Know

Be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions and bring adequate fluids and food. Most of all LEAVE NO TRACE on this beautiful landscape.

Description

This loop starts and ends at the Harold W. Rice Memorial Park. The route proceeds up Waipoli Road for 8 miles before heading left onto the Mamane Trail.

From the Mamane Trail turn left and start the climb up ridge on the Skyline Trail with it's amazing views. At the end of the Skyline Trail proceed to the Skyline Access past the world famous observatories and then the Haleakala Summit at 10,023 ft.

Once you are finished enjoying the scenery from the summit, reverse the route back down the Skyline Access to the Skyline Trail. At the end of the Skyline Access trail take a tour of the Haleakala Ridge Trail and the Boundary Trail back down the Waipoli Road to Rice Memorial Park.

Flora & Fauna

There is a large diversity plants due to the climates and elevations which include dry alpine deserts to humid, salt-sprayed coastlines.

History & Background

Haleakalā, "House of the Sun," holds a sacred place in Hawaiian history. Tradition tells of the early Hawaiian people who sought the isolation of the Haleakalā wilderness for cerimomial purposes, instruction, and family reasons.

Contacts

Shared By:

Victor Mariano

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Photos

Mees Solar Observatory
Apr 1, 2020 near Kēōkea, HI
Intersection of Maui Skyline and Mamane Trail
Feb 28, 2018 near Kēōkea, HI
Half way at Polipoli trail
Mar 31, 2018 near Kēōkea, HI
Sunset on the Skyline Trail
Mar 5, 2018 near Kēōkea, HI
Optional routes from the bottom of the Skyline Trail
Mar 5, 2018 near Kēōkea, HI
1st intersection after coming up the road Waipoli Rd - Turn Right
Dec 28, 2017 near Kēōkea, HI

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