About the only thing that tops the view from the summit of Maui’s 10,000-FOOT VOLCANO is coasting down its slopes on a bicycle. No, you don’t have to power your way up the mountain for the thrill of coasting down. BICYCLE TOUR companies do the hard work for you, picking you up in the pre-dawn hours and transporting you to the mountain outfi tted with bikes and gear. They also guide you safely down the road. HALEAKALĀ , which translates from Hawaiian to “HOUSE OF THE SUN,” rises 10,023 feet above sea level at its summit. It is located in a 30,000-ACRE NATIONAL PARK , home to rainforests, rare native species, 400-foot waterfalls, freshwater swimming holes and striking archaeological features.
Commercial bicycle tours are staged outside the entrance to the park at an elevation of about 6,500 feet. Some companies off er vehicle tours inside the park prior to beginning the downhill ride.
Biking companies off er three kinds of tours: structured, guided and freestyle. BIKE MAUI 808-575-9575 OR 888-922-2453 SKYLINE HAWAI‘I 808-425-9244