Iao Valley Cycling Route – Intermediate
28 miles, 1,800’ elevation gain
Ride a 28-mile out and back from our shop in Paia to the lush jungle of Iao Valley. Climb into the heart of the West Maui Mountains in Iao Valley. Tack on a bonus climb through a beautiful neighborhood next to Iao Valley to find sweeping views of the east side of the island.
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 or Kihei!).
Ride into the heart of the West Maui Mountains.
Start by following the Paia bike path westward. Six miles in, when the road ends, take a left onto Hobron Ave, followed by a quick right onto E Kaahumanu Ave. Take the next right onto Kahului Beach road and continue oceanside for a mile or so, turning left onto Kuhio Pl. As you head inland, the gradient turns slightly uphill!
Turn left onto Makaala Dr to connect onto the Kahekili Hwy. If your only goal is Iao Valley, continue straight until you take W Vineyard street on your right. Follow W Vineyard uphill and around the corner until you connect onto Iao Valley Road.
If you’d like to tack on the bonus climb into the neighborhood next to the Valley, take your first right (Kamaile St). You’ll climb for a mile and a half or so on a quiet street. Before you continue onwards and descend, be sure to soak in the stellar view of Haleakala!
The Iao Valley climb ends in the parking area of the Iao Valley State Monument. Take a minute to look back down the valley toward the ocean. Be 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!
When you’re ready to descend, just follow the same road all the way out of the valley and through Kahului. If you’re hungry, stop downtown along Main St, where there are a number of good eats, before heading back toward Paia along the bike path. Hopefully, those notorious easterly headwinds aren’t too strong for your return journey!
Maui Sunriders contributing writer, photographer, and route builder
Conor is an avid bike rider, racer, adventurer, photographer, and graphic artist who spends his winters working for Maui Sunriders. All routes, photos, and written descriptions are his own.
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