Bike Maui, Iao Valley | Photograph by Conor O'Brian

Iao Valley Cycling Route (From Kehei) – Intermediate

31 miles, 1,300’ elevation gain

A 31-mile out and back bike route from the hot beach town of Kihei to the lush jungle of the sacred Iao Valley. After the climb, enjoy a long descent before heading back to where you started!

What bike will I ride on Maui?

Planning a cycling trip to Maui? The idyllic island is an excellent cycling destination for cyclists, with a number of world-class road routes and a couple of mountain bike trail networks. Check out some details on how to bring your bike with you, or consider renting a bike from us. 

Here at Maui Sunriders, we offer a fleet of rental bikes on Maui. Maui Sunriders is your destination for high-end road bikes, full suspensions, hardtails, e-bikes, 3-speeds, or single-speeds. Our top-notch staff of cycling enthusiasts will be excited to help you find the right bike for your adventure (at either of our locations...Paia, Kihei, or Lahaina!).

Ride into the heart of the West Maui Mountains.

Start by turning right out of our Kihei shop. Follow that road to the junction as you leave town. Then, turn left to set off on N Kihei Rd. When you hit the junction with Honoapiilani Highway, turn right and climb the gentle gradient toward Wailuku.

The short and beautiful climb into Iao Valley starts around mile 12. You’ll be taken out of the urban landscape and straight into the jungle. The transformation of geography is abrupt and breathtaking as you make your way up into the valley. The climb ends in the parking area of the Iao Valley State Monument. Be sure to pause to soak in the view back down the valley toward the ocean. Also, make sure to pop your head over the side to catch a glimpse of the sacred Iao River. If you’re the adventurous type, there are a few spots where one can hop into the river to refresh!

Iao Valley Cycling Ride | Photograph by Conor O'Brian

After absorbing the beauty of Iao Valley, retrace your way exactly the way you came in to make your way back toward Kihei.

Feeling hungry after your Iao adventure? Continue down Main St in Wailuku. Ignore the turn we’ve designated on the route (mile 18 as you return) and roll into downtown. Pit stop at any of the great food options before continuing your journey home!

Conor O'Brian

Conor O'Brian

Maui Sunriders contributing writer, photographer, route builder, and road cycling guide.

Author: Conor O'BrianMaui Sunriders contributing writer, photographer, route builder, and road cycling guide.
Conor is an avid bike rider, racer, adventurer, photographer, and graphic artist who spends his winters working for MSBC
Follow his rides on Strava!

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