August 21, 2016
I rented a bike from Crater Cycles near Kahului airport. I would recommend that shop, good gear and great advice. Got to the summit at 4:20 AM in darkness, watched a beautiful sunrise over Haleakala, then started on the skyline trail. Bring warm clothes, the summit is cold. I started at about 6:45 and I had the entire back side of the volcano to myself, on average 600 people watch the sunrise up there, but I was the only one that brought a mountain bike. The first section was thick volcanic pumice that wasn't fun to ride, very loose with the front and back wheels sliding around. I was glad the shop gave me shin and elbow pads because a fall would have been very unforgiving. After that I hit some old back roads that were fast and fun with great views(I think it's clearer just after sunrise). The Mamane trail was fun and Flowy single track that becomes slightly more technical with roots about halfway down. I was warned against riding the lower section so I turned off at waipoli rd, and then had fun flying down the paved rd to lavender farms to meet my ride. This was a very unique ride and I would strongly recommend to anyone that has someone willing to take them to the top.