Maui’s Road to Hana
Cycling Hana Road - ride 70 miles gaining 7,569’ out and back to Hana.
The Road to Hana is renowned for its stunning natural scenery, including dense tropical rainforests, lush valleys, cascading waterfalls, and dramatic coastline views. While there is a great deal of traffic on this road, it does travel slowly and riding by bike allows you to stop nearly anywhere you want which is a major advantage over traveling the road by automobile.
Climb summary by PJAMM’s John Johnson.
Along with riding to the top of Haleakala Volcano, the Road to Hana is one of our two favorite cycling adventures on Maui. This 70 mile round trip roller coaster of a ride is one of the more scenic bike rides in the US.
The two times we have ridden to and from Hana, we began our ride in Paia, which is also the start of the Haleakala climb. However, the 9.4 miles on Highway 36 to the Road to Hana Mile Marker Zero sign (at Kaupakalua Road) is very busy with fast moving traffic. It should be said that fast moving traffic in Maui is relative -- about 50 mph.
Road to Hana 0 Mile Marker.
Less traffic from here: 34.7 miles gaining 3,482’.
From the 0 Mile Marker on, the road is narrower and traffic moves much slower, particularly over the last half of the ride.
Writing this three years after last cycling the Road to Hana, what I remember most about the ride is (a) waterfalls, (b) the narrow road that I felt safe riding, (c) many one-lane bridges, (d) it’s tropical setting, (e) many rollers -- a lot of short ups and downs, and (f) tons of shops and food stands along the way.
There are many colorful and great food stands along the ride.
You’ll cross roughly 40 dated cement bridges along the ride, many constructed over 100 years ago.
Finish at Hāna Bay.
Attractions: Along the Road to Hana,
You'll find a variety of attractions and points of interest along the way, such as:
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