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Mt. Haleakala - Paia Maui

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Basic data & ranking

Average grade: 5.3 %

Length: 56.9 km

Altitude start: 73 m

Altitude top: 3032 m

Ascent: 2959 m

Maximum: 12 %

Mt. Haleakala rankings

Difficulty ranking world: 49 (all)
Ranking United States: 7 (all)
Difficulty score: 241.69 what?

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The Mt. Haleakala is situated in Hawaii. Starting from Paia Maui, the Mt. Haleakala ascent is 56.9 km long. Over this distance, you climb 2959 heightmeters. The average percentage thus is 5.3 %. The maximum slope is 12 %.

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Story by Ken Wan from El Cerrito, United States, submitted on 22/06/2015
Rode on Tues, June 16, 2015. My fitness level: Weekend warrior. I only rode on Saturdays, beginning ~6 months prior. I probably averaged 40mi and 3000ft of climbing. The past 4-6 weeks I focused on more elevation: climbing Mt. Diablo twice; doing a Double-Diablo (North and South in same day) 1.75 times; Mt. Hamilton once; and then a longer ~65 mile ride with ~6000 feet elevation once.

Actual ride: 36.1mi; 5:56:20 moving time; 10,164ft elevation gain; 7:47:16 elapsed time.

I drank about 6 water bottles worth of fluid; and ate 10 of 16 Gu''s; 1 of 2 SPAM musubi; 1 bag of chips; 2 bites of a protein bar (carried 2); 2 bites of a salami sandwich (brought by my SAG, aka wife); 1 orange; 3 scoops of Cytomax; 6 scoops of glucose.

The person at Maui Cyclery said 2 bottles would be enough, but I wanted to play it safe so I brought a small Camelback (only filled with ~16oz). In hindsight, I brought too much food/water/clothes, but you never know what conditions you may face. The day before was miserable: wet and windy. My ride was perfect: sun in a.m., clouds/fog mid-mtn, sun above cloud line. Definitely tired at top, but not exhausted. Also, next time will spend more time in saddle to prepare.

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Story by Alexei Pavlov from Marina del rey ca, United States, submitted on 23/03/2014
I just did Paia-Haleakala ride on March 15th 2014. I rented a very nice carbon Scott in frame size 61cm road bike (although not most expensive one) from Maui Cyclery (a very professional shop). Bike was set up with standard 53x39 in the front and 12x27 in the back.

I started the ride by eating a large breakfast at hotel buffet (which proved to be a good idea since the whole day was rainy and cold) and started the ride at 9am. I packed 2 sandwiches (just turkey and salami between 2 slices of bread and rolled into a "tube" using saran wrap) also took 2 cliff and 2 power bars , 2 water bottles and a camelback.

Shop owner Danny loaned me leg warmers ( must have as it turned out in this time of year) and I wish I had full finger glows for ride down. I also had on me a short sleeve shirt, and 2 long arm jackets + windbraker (a must have).

I suspected that it might be not the best day to ride, but decided to tuff it out and quit when I get cold.

It was raining hard all the way to 4500 feet and around 5000 feet i put all the clothes I had on me, and frankly it became almost a turning point as in addition to cold rain now strond winds started. Once I was above clouds it was sunshine and butterflies.

ride down was COLD and DANGEROUS because:
1. you get soaking wet when riding in rain
2. road braked work poorly when wet, it takes 30 sec of hard breaking for them to kick in
3. I was shivering whole ride down, only when entering Paia i got little warmer.

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Story by Derek Christian from , Australia, submitted on 22/04/2013
Did the beautiful Haleakala climb in April 2013 whilst on holiday from Australia. Luckily i stumbled across the blog and got some useful tips before the ride. I rented a Felt F3 road bike from Maui Cyclery in Paia. I got some directions and the bike held up well.

It took me roughly six hours to the top including rest breaks and plenty of stops for photos/videos, i wasn''t in a rush really. Weather was good on the day, i was cooling down through the clouds but once beyond that it was sunny and warm enough on the ascent. The park ranger at 7000feet was pleasantly surprised that i had brought several layers of clothing for the descent as they said it is quite common for unprepared cyclists to become hypothermic as they come down. Come prepared for the cold!

I took all my food, gels, two liters of water in a camelbak, rain jacket/gloves/hat/warm mid layer plus the jersey i was wearing knee length bibs. The descent took me 90mins to Paia, the road surface is excellent and i appreciated the extra clothing on the way down. As the weather was perfect i could have had a layer less but you never know what the weather will be like at that altitude. Epic climb, nice constant gradient. Really enjoyed it, my local climbs seem so small now:)
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Story by Duco Jansen from Nashville, TN, United States, submitted on 10/02/2012
Rode this one with my son in December 2010. He had just turned 10 but is an avid cyclist who rode his first century when he was only 9. Dipped our toes in the ocean near Kahului in the am in 80 degree weather. We broke the ride up in 7 mile sections. We took our time but set a steady pace Mom drove the 'team car' and provided donuts every 7 miles. With 10 miles to go the clouds rolled in and it started drizzling first quickly turning in to a steady downpour and 42 degrees. We made it to the top in just under 6 hours...not bad for a 10-year old. In the cold and rain we put our stuff in the car and drove back down. It is not a hard climb as it never really gets steep (except the last 1/4 mile from the visitor center to the top) but it is long and unrelenting. Definately like to come back.
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Story by Michael Hunter from Athens, United States, submitted on 14/01/2012
I planned this ride all summer repeatedly riding up and down 300 ft. hills and got my opportunity to try it Labor Day weekend (Sept. 2009) with a rented Trek 5000 from South Maui Bicycles. I started from our hotel at Wailea just before dawn with a tire dip, then rode north to the sugar cane plantation, took the rough shortcut to the new main road from Kahului, and started climbing. Last water was at Kula Market at 3000 feet. At 3500 a Colorado woman passed me also on her way up. I was out of water and had some cramping by the visitor center, but rehydrated and refilled there. The lady's husband also caught me. This was their 2nd climb of the week. He told me it was easier from here, but the last 200 feet were tough. It went smoothly from there. I was at 51 miles total at the top from the resort. The 36 miles down and the tailwind across the island made for the fastest 50 miles ever! Sunny and hot on the way up, cloudy and misty on the way down and a pheasant nearly hit me in the head on the descent in the fog. What a great time! Haleakala was everything I expected.
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Story by Jim Smith from Cagary, Canada, submitted on 19/12/2011
I'd hiked in Haleakala crater for three days in 1979 but have wanted to ride it for some time. I'd completed my other bucket list item (Maratona d'les Dolomiti) last year with my older son so I'd do the other on Labor Day with his brother.

Rented bikes from South Maui Cycles. Mediocre Treks but triples so low enough gearing for this 61 year old. We didn't start riding until about 8:00 AM. My wife went for her own ride for a couple of hours and left Paia in 3 hours to provide support towards the top.

It's a long climb but never really steep except that short stretch right before the summit. We stopped several times for pictures and supplies. I struggled a bit around 3,000 feet but Eric talked me through it. Unfortunately, he had a bad patch about 6,000 feet (old cycling injury) and quit at the visitor centre shortly after the park gate. My wife asked me if I'd make it and I said ""Of course."" I was just pedaling, not very fast but pretty consistently, or so I thought. When I loaded my GPS file, I saw that I slowed down the last bit, but felt OK.

Do it again? Maybe. Glad I rode it? Definitely.
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Story by Mike Starko from Delta, BC, Canada, submitted on 01/02/2011
Did this climb on Jan 1, 2011. Perfect day, sunny and no wind. Dipped my toes in the ocean in Paia. Took 4:40 to climb although I did make a mistake and turned off Baldwin to early which caused me to loose 350 feet of elevation and go an extra 2 miles. Other than that no complaints. Hill is relatively easy for the first 9500 feet. I was not in great shape for this so just concentrated on keeping my heartrate low as I didnt want to blow up. Nice steady climb. Last little bit was tough though and especially the 1/2 mile climb from the parking lot up to the actual summitt which was about 12% grade. Was barely moving. Just spectacular views from the summit though. My family met me at the top so i didnt have to ride back down... Highly recommend as a bucket list thing to do....
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Story by Andrew Platten from Calgary, Canada, submitted on 15/03/2010
I heard about the ride up Haleakala from a friend in Calgary and thought Id give it a go. My fitness was not the best (it was November) but I gutted it out. It is truly desolate as you get closer to the top, and I couldnt see much through the fog. An epic climb, in my opinion.
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Story by brad hillebrandt from alamo, United States, submitted on 27/02/2009
My cousin and I began the day at sunrise in Paia with our feet in the ocean while holding our bikes for the camera. Im a little stronger rider than my cousin but we stayed together at an easy to moderate pace until the 5000 foot mark which took 2:15. After a 5 minute stop to fuel up with my Dad, who was doing support in the car, we started again. This time I left my cousin and picked up the pace. The weather was phenomenal, as were the views and the climb. The second half took 1:40 for a total of a bit under 4 hours. Fun descent. I was pretty tired afterwards. Its hard to believe that Johnathon Vaughters did the climb in 2:30!!!
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Story by Don Keith from San Diego, United States, submitted on 20/10/2008
On 10/7/2008 my wife and I flew into Maui and I was off to accomplish my goal. We were staying in Lahina so I rented a Cannondale at West MauiBikes. I’ve got to tell you at this point, that on Wednesday my wife and I drove up the mountain in our rental car, and upon reaching the summit I turned her way with disappointing look on my face and said “no way, this is just too much, too long too steep, too desolate.” The next day I arrived at the intersection of Hana Hwy and Baldwin about 5:30 am, saddled up and headed out at 5:55 am, still partially dark. Although the weatherman was calling for rain, it turned out to be the perfect day, sunshine all the way up. I started early enough to capture good temps at the bottom and enjoyed favorable conditions throughout the climb. The main focus was pace, keeping my HR below 160 bpm. I made the stop at Kula Market for a liter of water which allowed me to top-off the bottles, then I was on my way again and didn’t stop next till the 8,000 ft. level. I was fine up to this point, but between 8 and 9,000 feet it was tough, 9 and 10,000 even tougher, more like brutal. But I made it, without dying. Total riding time, 4:50 with 10,169 ft of climbing according to the Garmin. What a day, What a ride!
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