Maui offers the longest downhill bike tour experience anywhere in the world! The ride starts just outside the Haleakala National Park entrance at an elevation of 6500 feet and participants coast downhill through the famous mid-mountain switchbacks, the upcountry Kula area, and ride through the town of Makawao. From here, the route differs depending on the particular tour company that is conducting the ride. Tours with Mountain Riders proceed down Baldwin Avenue and end the ride at the beach in Paia for a total ride distance of 26 miles and 6500 vertical feet of descent. Tours with Haleakala Bike Company proceed down Kokomo Road and end the ride in the town of Haiku for a ride distance of 23 miles and 6000 vertical feet of descent.
While some of these bike tours include Haleakala National Park, whether or not you go all the way to the summit on your tour has no effect on the length of the ride as ALL BIKE TOURS start the actual biking portion of the tour at the same place … just outside the National Park entrance at 6500 feet.