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P. O. Box 6819
Hilo, HI 96720-8934
(Downtown Hilo District)
Tel. (808) 961-4452
A nonprofit organization involved in promoting the sport of mountain biking. Some of the trails recommended by the association are given below. Contact the association for more information.
Trailhead: From Hawaii Volcanoes National Park drive south on Highway 11 for 12.2 miles. Turn right at Mile Marker 38 (Ainapo Trail road sign). Bear right for about one-tenth mile.
Ride along dirt and grass that rapidly climbs through pasture, guava trees and severe rocky patches. (9 miles one-way / 3 hours up / 1 hour down.)
HAWAII VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK
P. O. Box 52
Hawaii National Park, HI 96718-0052
Tel. (808) 985-6000 (open 24 hours per day, all year)
Distances to the Park: From Hilo - 30 miles southwest on Highway 11; From Kailua-Kona - 96 miles southeast on Highway 11, or 125 miles through Waimea and Hilo via Highways 19 and 11.
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park encompasses 333,000 acres from sea level to the 13,677-foot summit of Mauna Loa, the world's largest and most active volcano. It is home to Kilauea Volcano, Mauna Loa's dynamic smaller sibling which provides frequent opportunities for lava viewing. All paved park roads are open to bicycles. You will receive a map of the park with all roads marked as you enter the park. To ensure a safe bicycle trip, check with the ranger at the Kilauea Visitor Center and pick-up the "Bike the Volcanoes" leaflet complete with trip suggestions. Distance and ride are up to you! For more information, please visit the Park's Website. (The 7-day park entry fee is $10 per vehicle; $5 per bicyclist or pedestrian; free for Golden Age/Eagle Passport holders.)
Trailhead: Look for the Kilohana Hunter Checking Station sign between Mile Marker 44 and 45 on the Saddle Road. Turn off onto this gravel road and the trail begins.
(South Kohala District)
Kilohana means Lookout Point - where you can see forever from 7,446 feet elevation. (6.6 miles one-way / 1.25 hours each way.)
Trailhead: Take Hawaii Belt Road (Hwy 11) to intersection with Hwy 19. Travel 4.2 miles south, turn right onto Stainback Highway and continue 2.6 miles and turn right at the Waiakea Arboretum. Park near the gate.
(South Hilo District)
Majestic eucalyptus trees and ferns blanket the terrain. Rough trail requires vigilant attention from the rider. (Distance and ride time are up to you!).
Trailhead: From Hilo, take Waianuenue Avenue to Kaumana Drive, and continue on up to Saddle Road for 27 miles, turn right onto Mauna Kea access road. Mana Road links the Saddle Road and Waimea around Mauna Kea.
A dirt and gravel road that curves around Mauna Kea - Hawaii's tallest mountain. A lot of downhill and spectacular views of Hilo and Mauna Kea. (45 miles one-way / 6 - 8 hours.)
OLD PUNA TRAIL (BEACH ROAD)
Trailhead: Head south out of Hilo, take the Keaau turnoff (Highway 130), go straight through Keaau and continue 4.6 miles. Turn left on Kaloli Road and go another 4.2 miles to Beach Road.
The old Puna Trail dates back to the 1830's. A fun coastal ride through fields of wild orchids, rainforest canopy and mud puddles. Trail ends at beautiful Haena Beach. This is a Nene goose sanctuary and you can sometimes see the endangered Hawaiian Monk Seal. Please do not trespass on the Shipman Estate. (5 miles each way / 1.5 hours round trip.)
Trailhead: Located just south of the Keahole-Kona Airport at the Natural Energy Lab (NELHA). Turn into the NELHA and go down about one mile to the coastline. Trail begins 50 yards north of parking lot.
(North Kona District)
A lava trail that soon changes to a sandy beach road for 1.2 miles. Trail ends at the Hoona Historical Preserve. Return to parking lot and head south on Beach Trail for 2 miles. (6.4 miles / 1.5 hours round-trip.)
Trailhead: Located just past Mile Marker 18 on the way to Kawaihae along Akoni Puli Highway (Hwy 270).
(North Kohala District)
A Government roadway that features all types of terrain, spectacular views of Maui, and open ranch lands. (5 miles one-way / 25 minutes down / 45 minutes up.)
Located a few miles south of Kailua-Kona.
Trailhead: Take Kuakini Highway (Hwy 11) south. Turn left on Lako Street (opposite Kilohana/Komohana Subdivision). The trail begins above the Chevron Station.
(North Kona District)
A paved trail - panoramic ocean views and tropical landscaping. (3.2 miles/approx. 20 minutes one-way.)
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