Skyline Trail

Trail in Kula Forest Reserve


  • Directions

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  • Distance

    6.66 miles


Trail begins along the Science City Access Road past Haleakala National Park. The terrain is rugged and barren with over a dozen cinder cones and craters along the length of the rift. Vegetation is almost nonexistent above the treeline, with the Mamane tree line ending at 8,600' at Kanahau. You must pass 2 locked gates along the trail. The native scrub is denser and varied at the lower end. Wear bright clothing. Be aware that you may encounter hunters who are hunting off the trail. Stay on trail.

Allowed Activities
Mountain Biking
Rifle Hunting
Allowed Access
Motor Vehicles

Additional Information

Special Conditions

Do not use any trail or access road that is not delineated by name and color and that may also be displayed on these maps. The marked features are managed for public recreational use. Other trails or roads that branch off from the public features may be on private property, and are not managed for any public recreational use. Access is subject to adjacent landowner approval, and if used without authorization, you will be trespassing and possibly putting yourself at risk.

Downloadable resources are provided below.

Terrain and Trail Environment

Largely volcanic and above treeline, some shrubs


First try to click on the "Get Directions" icon at the top of this page.

From Kahului, take Highway 37 past Pukalani and Makawao to the first junction of Highway 377 towards Haleakala National Park. Turn left on 377 and continue until you come to Highway 378. Turn left onto Highway 378 towards Haleakala National Park. The road climbs up the mountain through a long series of switchbacks until it enters Haleakala National Park. Continue through the Park towards Ula Ula (Red Hill). Just before the Red Hill Overlook, take the left hand turn and continue towards Science City. The road ends just past the Skyline Trailhead. 4WD only below locked gate on road only.

Simple Trail Tips

1. Stay on the trail.

2. Check the weather

3. Watch the time

4. Avoid undue risk

5. Read all posted signs

6. Respect other trail users

7. Pack out at least what you pack in


  • High Elevation
  • Hunting Area

Dog Owners

Hunting may be in progress on or near this hiking trail. Hunting dogs may be off-leash while engaged in the hunt. Hikers must keep their dogs leashed at all times and remove dog waste while on this trail.


  • 4-Wheel Drive
  • Bicycle
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Pedestrian

Mountain Bikers

Always yield to hikers. Do not slide around corners or slide down the trail. Careless mountain biking damages the trail and causes erosion. If accidents are reported or damage to the trail is extreme, the trail may be closed to mountain bikers. This trail is not an easy mountain bike trail.


  • 4-Wheel Drive