Skyline Trail For Mountain Biking
The 19th most popular mountain bike trail in Hawaii.
Saturday 20 August 2016 05:08 GMT
South of Waimea on the Big Island, there is are old 4WD roads open to mountain biking which climb from 5,500 feet to over 10,000 feet on the slopes of Mauna Kea. The route, occasionally signed as R-1, has numerous side roads.
To reach the mountain biking trailhead from Waimea, head south on SR190 for about 6 miles. Veer left continuing south on SR200 (Saddle Road). The trailhead is between milepost 43 and 44 on the left (east) side of the road. Look for the old 4WD trail, signed as R-1.
The route climbs steadily for the first 4 miles on a moderately graded gravel road. Keep an eye out for wild pigs, turkeys and goats. At the Pu ula au Ranger Station, the road to the right head up steeply for another 6 miles to over 10,000 feet (this route is known as the Skyline Trail). The other road to the left continues wrapping around the north side of Mauna Kea for 35 miles.
Be aware that most Hawaiian topographic maps use the Old Hawaiian Datum. When trying to use the latitude/longitude from those maps with a GPS unit, you will think you are 0.4 miles south/southeast of where you really are. Kind of important in a dense jungle.
Overall, Skyline Trail is the 19th most popular mountain bike trail of all 22 mountain biking rides in Hawaii. Several of the better mountain bike trails are nearby Skyline Trail including Kilauea Crater Rim, Mauna Kea Peak Ascent, Kulani Forest Trail System, Mana Road, Wawaloli Beach Park - Pine Trees and Kapapala Forest Reserve - Ainapo Trail.