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    Mtn Biking on Maui

    I am a week out from a trip to Maui where I want to ride at least 2 days. Any suggestions or guidance is greatly appreciated. Skyline and the linkage to lower trails sounds interesting but I am having a hard time finding out how to access this stuff online (namely where the trails intersect and how to link them together for the total ride). Also looks like Mamame and Waiakoa Loop would be fun. What are the local favorites and how with one vehicle and both people being riders do you ever ride skyline? Any thoughts or comments on local vendors for bikes as well as what you really need to ride these trails is much appreciated. Thanks in advance!

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    Quote Originally Posted by maddiver
    What are the local favorites and how with one vehicle and both people being riders do you ever ride skyline?
    pedal up to 8'000+ feet on skyline no problem, it's gravel cinder road.
    http://hawaiitrails.ehawaii.gov/trai...ilID=MA+13+001

    The good hard loop to do would be down Boundary, up redwood to skyline and down mamane. If you wanted to throw in one more climb, on the way down mamane you can turn right and do upper waiohuli towards upper waikoa and turn around when your will power runs out or you can end down at waikoa loop and then have to grind up the paved road to where you left your car at the top of boundary. I wouldn't call that a local favorite though. Boundary downhill would be my favorite if it's good and it's not always good, favorite uphill would be the redwood trail up from the bottom of boundary. It's steep and rooty and barely makeable.

    I was up there the other evening and it was stunning above the clouds.

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    See Paul at Crater Cycles. I was on Maui last October and he was very helpful with rental and guidance. Nice singletrack in Makawao Forest.

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    If you are looking for more allmountain rides with some great DH stop in at West Maui Cycles. They also rent Giant Trance x

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    Thanks to everyone for the replies!

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    Maddiver,
    Any report on your trip? I am heading to Maui next month for a week and planning to bring my MTB.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deano machineo
    Maddiver,
    Any report on your trip? I am heading to Maui next month for a week and planning to bring my MTB.
    I just went a few weeks ago. Rented a great Giant FS and found some really good areas and trails. I was able to really check it all out. So, as a fellow visitor to Maui, I'd be happy to let you in on all that I found. That goes for anyone. Just PM me.

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    Trip Report

    Thanks again to everyone who provided info. My girlfriend and I rode 2 days in Maui and since we were staying on the West side of the island, we rented from West Maui Cycles. Wish we would have talked to Alan there earlier...as he now is running/doing day guiding. I didn't get any pricing for that but the bike rentals were reasonable.

    So we attempted Airwreck's suggested ride right out of the gate and wouldn't you know it...the combination of unfamiliar bike, volcanic dust and roots (what are roots she later asked me) sent my GF OTB in the first 100 yards! Being only her second time OTB and with the wind knocked out of her my day of riding Boundary was over.

    We went to Makawao Forest instead where there are some very easy riding trails. Good cardio workout and just plain fun. This was a good plan after her experience on Boundary as she could ride really mellow stuff and there were some good offshoots towards the bottom for me. Next day, not to be defeated, we were back to Poli Poli. When we talked to people about this place, everything was Poli Poli and never could get details that made us feel comfortable with where to go or what to do while we were riding the trails. We got lost a lot.

    So we parked the car just after Boundary as we couldn't drive the rental car any further without risking a punctured gas tank. We rode up the road to the Poli Poli turn off and saw where Mamane dumped out to Lower Waiohuli and the road we were riding to Poli Poli campground. When we got to Poli Poli we realized there were a lot of trails that bikes couldn't go on. We road DOWN Redwood. That was fun (it would have been challenging to climb back up). We got down to the intersection with Boundary and made a mistake by turning left onto a trail that I forget the name. Rough going couple of miles. Downed trees, hike a bike...definately NOT a bike trail and ended up on Haleakala Ridge Trail....do not go this way! Follow Airwreck's directions. There was no one to ask for directions on these trails.

    Toughed it out and came out above the campground on the road that headed up toward skyline. Our ultimate goal was to ride Mamane. We got there and took a break right before riding down Mamane. That trail was the most fun we had on the bikes all trip! We wished we had just ridden the road up to Mamane, down Mamane and repeat. I wished I had been able to complete Airwreck's route as well. Redwood looked really challenging if one is riding up.
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    Excellent post, thanks for sharing. If you ever make it to the Big Island, give me a call, should be able to get you out on some trails.

    Aloha,
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    Great photo's!! Thanks

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    Thanks maddiver for the RR and the photos!

    My husband and I are headed to Maui in a couple weeks and can't wait to explore the trails!

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    Maui Riding

    Its a lot of driving when you are on vacation but worth it imho.

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    Thanks for all the great info!

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    What kind of tires are best for trails in Maui? Anybody running hobby nics?

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    is anybody selling a downhill mtb on maui

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    Quote Originally Posted by gullywhipper View Post
    is anybody selling a downhill mtb on maui
    What size are you looking for and how much are you willing to spend?

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    I did an awesome road ride around West Maui while I was there a few ago. I rented a Specialized and did an incredible 62 mile loop. I like to mountain bike better but that was the best road ride of my life. Incredible tropical valleys and very little traffic on the backside of the Island.

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    Did you go clockwise and hit "Mister Steepy" on the west side? The annual Jim Stewart Memorial metric century ride/race every year does that course. Used to be a once a month must back when I used to log road miles.

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    I didn't know about that but I guess I missed some good banana bread. I could have easily have done that loop twice. Next trip a climb up Haleakala IF I am not sick of the cold weather in Washington. I love the warm air in Maui and end up doing quite a bit of just relaxing. No sunbathing but just chilling and reading is great.
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    The Haleakala ride from Paia is incredible!! I did it last year on my honeymoon!! Fantastic 70 mile ride!

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    I would recommend anyone visiting Maui should check out the Skyline Trails, Poli Poli, Makawao Forest, and The Bike Park Maui. My ideal mountain biking day begins in Makawao, I usually rent a mountain bike for a half day at

    . Krank also offers great deals on full day rentals with quality bikes and are only 5 minutes from a couple of trail heads. I like to spend a good 2 hours at the Makawao Forest Reserve riding all the trails I can. After this I ride back down into Makawao for a quick bite to eat and head on over to the Maui Bike Park for some more fun... Maui is a great place to ride for all types of riders. Good Luck

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    Hmmm, a new single post account to advertise a shop? While Krank is undoubtedly a cool shop, there are others on the island as well. Give Crater Cycles or Island Biker (Kahului), South Maui Bikes (Kihei), West Maui Bikes (Lahaina) and Go Cycling Maui (Paia) a look while you're here as well.

    Quote Originally Posted by jim808 View Post
    I would recommend anyone visiting Maui should check out the Skyline Trails, Poli Poli, Makawao Forest, and The Bike Park Maui. My ideal mountain biking day begins in Makawao, I usually rent a mountain bike for a half day at

    . Krank also offers great deals on full day rentals with quality bikes and are only 5 minutes from a couple of trail heads. I like to spend a good 2 hours at the Makawao Forest Reserve riding all the trails I can. After this I ride back down into Makawao for a quick bite to eat and head on over to the Maui Bike Park for some more fun... Maui is a great place to ride for all types of riders. Good Luck

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    Quote Originally Posted by whodaphuck View Post
    Hmmm, a new single post account to advertise a shop? While Krank is undoubtedly a cool shop, there are others on the island as well. Give Crater Cycles or Island Biker (Kahului), South Maui Bikes (Kihei), West Maui Bikes (Lahaina) and Go Cycling Maui (Paia) a look while you're here as well.
    Hey it just so happens that is my first post, and while there are nothing wrong with those shops I personally found krank to be in the heart of all the mountain biking, which makes access to everything soO much easier. But hey whodaphuck I'm sorry that I hurt your feelings. I didn't know people aren't allowed to have a favorite shop and talk about it exclusively in a post . It's not like krank individually makes my experience better up country or anything . You must be a great guy thanks for your input

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    Just trying to spread the love...

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    Will be on Maui June 25 thru July 2nd. Would like to mtb or road ride a few days, so will be hitting up these bike shops. Thanks for the info.
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    If anyone is available to meet up, please PM me!

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