- Type: Hiking
NileGuide Expert Says:
Very strenuous 13 miles uphill from Polipoli State Park to Science City; might be closed due to damage from recent wildfires.
- This 6.8 mile moderately difficult trail starts at an 9,750` elevation near the top of the southwest rift of Haleakala, at the lowest point on the Science City Road. The trail passes through an iron gate and down the ridge, ending at Skyline Switchback at 6,500`elevation at the upper end of the Haleakala Ridge Trail. The terrain is rugged and barren with over a dozen cinder cones and craters along the length of the rift. Vegetation is almost nonexistent to 9,000` elevation, with the Mamane tree line beginning at 8,600` at Kanahau. The native scrub becomes denser and varied toward the lower end. Motorcycle and 4WD are allowed below the locked gate on the road only. This is a DOFAW management access road.