Poli Poli Park - Trail, Kula, Maui, Hawaii

Poli Poli Park - Trail, Kula, Maui, Hawaii

DESCRIPTION

Polipoli Park is in the Kula Forest Reserve on the western side of Haleakala starting at the 6,000 foot elevation and ending at 8,600. Of the numerous trails within the reserve only Waiakoa Loop, Upper Waiakoa, Mamane and Skyline are open to mountain bikes. Conditions can range between hot, dry and dusty, and damp, wet and cold, all in the same day.

Detailed information on these trails is available at link below.
Additional information can be found at http://www.mauibicyclealliance.org

USER REVIEWS

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[Feb 13, 2012]
Axe
Cross Country Rider

Dropped down Skyline from the top (just ride around the menacing looking gate on the top of access road, rangers say its OK), caught Mamone and the lower part of some other trail - for about a couple miles of single track.

I have seen nobody at all all the way down. Beautiful place. Rent some 29r hardtail and add this to your vacation.

Customer Service

Paia - Crater road - Haleakala summit - Skyline trail - Mamone - back to Paia on roads.

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4
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5
[Jan 03, 2007]
Dennyse
Weekend Warrior

This is just a FYI entry... The trails that are being reviewed here were all built by volunteers, mostly through the Na Ala Hele division of the Hawaii DLNR. Many volunteers put in hundreds of hours to create these fabulous trails. Keep these facts in mind while enjoying the trails - and remember to always pack out what you pack in!

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5
VALUE
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4
[Oct 30, 2004]
Crater Cycles Hawaii
Weekend Warrior

If your coming to ride MAUI Poli Poli state park is where it's at.No matter if it's xc,dh, freeride or a roadie maui has it all. From 3 loop trails for xc to an 18 mile Downhill or you can train with the Big Boys and ride your roadbike 26miles to the top of Haleakala Volcano from 3,000ft. elevation to 10,023 ft. elevation. Extreme sports is no longer in Business for bike rentals but check me out at Crater Cycles for Maui's newest top of the line bike rental company.

Customer Service

Head to Haleakala Highway to Kula highway 7 miles past Pukalani behind Rice park take Waipoli road.

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All the legal trails are in Poli Poli State Park

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4
VALUE
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4
[Oct 01, 2004]
rjheckler
Weekend Warrior

Simply put: Maui needs better trail networks. Thanks to the original trail builders of our two short legal singletracks. Poli Poli is fun, mildly challenging, but gets old fast. We need to unite and build more trials here. anybody interested email shaheeb76@yahoo.com peace

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3
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4
[Jan 04, 2004]
Spot Rider
Cross Country Rider

What an unbelievable experience!!!!! It was in Mid-May of 2003. I started in Poli-Poli at 6:30 am. Very soon I wished I had my own bike instead of the nice folks at West-Coast-Cycles. However, I couldn’t let the machine be the reason for failing. Plus the incredible views were a great pay-off. Everything from southern France-like forest over sandy switch-back climbs to meadows and finally the lava fields. Once you hit the pavement, it is only a short climb to the top and how satisfying is it to ride the last couple of yards with everybody staring at you thinking you are out of your mind. The GPS said: 11 miles from the beginning of the dirt road at Poli-Poli. It is just about a non-stop climb of about 4,000 feet. After some rest, nutrition and water, the return trip was more than what you would ever expect. Even though you just came up the same way the views are just as great the second time around. DO NOT miss the turn-off to Mamane Trail. A roller coaster through lava rocks, pine trees and bushes you will never forget. Once back at sea level (resting at Hookipa), looking back at the now cloud covered Volcano, the day seemed almost surreal. To make it short, if you are an avid mountain biker on vacation on Maui, you should not miss this for the world. Did I mention that except on the very top, I did not meet one other rider/hiker/human. What a treat!

Customer Service

Park your car at Poli-Poli at the end of the paved road.

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5
VALUE
RATING
5
[May 04, 1999]
Rick

Go and ride it to find out.

Customer Service

Park road down Mamane or Skyline to summit.

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It can get cold ane wet there so bring a rain jacket

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4
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[May 04, 1999]
Rick

Good single track and awesome views of the Big Island and the central valley.

Customer Service

Any of the legal trails are great but a loop starting on the park road to the Mamane trail followed by the loop off the hunting station.

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Bring a jacket as it can get quite cool

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4
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[Jun 16, 1999]
skippy

mamane is a fun single track trail about 2 miles long with jumps, mild stair steps and some switchback style u turns. it can be a bit sandy/powdery. worth the drive. non locals can rent a bike & get a trail map at Island Biker in Kahului.

Customer Service

park at the hunting station and ride up to the mamane singletrack

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4
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[Dec 03, 1999]
Risk

I was on the original work crew that cut the original trail. We built it with MTB in mind. We kept a lot of the rollies and jumps. We kept the switchbacks steep and challenging. The downhill portion is 1.8 miles and 10 minutes of pure fun? NOTE: full-suspension helps.

The trail is best during the wetter months of the year (i.e. Nov. - March). It gets kinda dusty during the summer months.

Customer Service

Park at Hunter Check-in station. Ride up to Mamane trailhead.

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5
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[Dec 06, 1999]
Shane

See route description.

Customer Service

The Poli Poli park ,located in the Kula forest reserve,
offers a variety of trails to choose from.After driving up Waipoli Rd. for about 15 minutes, park at the hunter check in station on the side of the road.
The dirt road going down from here will allow you to access the Waikoa loop trail. Ride down the dirt road until you come to a gate. Here you will see a map of the trail system you are entering. The Waikoa loop trail is an intermediate 3.5 mile crosscountry route.
I recommend riding the loop in a counter clockwise direction. This will set you up for some fun downhill switchbacks and a mostly downhill ride. Be careful of some of the lava flows that cross the trail. They can be harder than they look. Beginers can ride the trail if they go with an experienced rider, and walk the more difficult sections. After riding generally downhill for a while, you will enter into a pine needle covered singletrack in the woods. Shortly you will begin the gradual climb back out, to the end/beginning of the loop. This section can seperate the mountain goats from the weaker climbers. Enjoy the burn, you'll only get stronger. There is a trail that goes off to the right and up the mountain. It is located about ten minutes past the loop junction. I've ridden this trail and do not reccomend it yo most people. It is brutally steep and the soil is loose and rocky. One mile feels like you've ridden three. The altitude also adds to the body strain. The downhill ride back down is steep and fast the way I like it, but
not worth the ride considering that the Mamane trail is so close. Any serious downhiller types would have much more fun driving to the top and bombing down the Mamane trail a couple of times. It is only a 1.8 mile (ten minutes for the experinced) downhill run, but has excellent views and is very fun. Those not so vertically inclined and lazy ass riders should also check this out. NO BEGINNERS!!
If you need to rent a bike or want some good advice you should visit the bike guys at Extreme Sports Maui in Kahului on Dairy Rd. 871-7954
They have a good reputation with the local core riders in the area. They actually ride and know what they are doing. Don't find out the hard way... the locals know!

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Go bomb Mamane trail. Get a permit and camp out.

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5
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