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Mana Road

Average Rating:    (4.5 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 4

Mana Road encircles the mountain Mauna kea. It offers beutiful scenery on clear days. Loads of fun if you enjoy cross country riding
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Latitude
19.642587534013032
Longitude
-155.478515625
Trail Directions
Go to Waimea and ask a local. If they don't know, they ain't local.
Trail Length
47 miles
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Fire Roads
City/County
Waimea, Hawaii
   


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Reviews 1 - 4 (4 Reviews Total)

Review Date
May 20, 2012

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: TheKickingCoach ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This is a rocky 44-mile jeep road that is a lot of fun. Scenery is amazing. You will be going through foothills of Mauna Kea, forest areas and ranches. You will see wild cattle, horses, cows, etc. Climate changes constantly. It is chilly and windy at Mauna Kea access road/saddle back, hot in the middle, and misty/cloudy/windy near Wimea. There is no water or food along the way. I recommend bringing about 2 liters of water and 3 or 4 gels (assuming that you ate and hydrated before the ride). You will encounters cattle along the route - including bulls. Just to be on the safe side, I would not wear a bright red jersey.

I did this ride with my friend who is fit but does not ride much. It took us 4 hours at easy pace.

Recommended Route:
I recommend starting at Mauna Kea access road and going into Wimea. This is the easier route. First 30 miles are up and down rocky hills with 2700 feet of climbing. At about 30 miles, you will come to a long and gentle downhill for about 10 miles. You can pick up a lot of speed. I actually passed 2 pick up trucks at this point. Last few miles are paved road into Wimea.

Obviously, if you start at Wimea, you will start with 10 miles of uphill riding. If you choose this route, bring more water. Lousy part of this route is that there is nothing at the end of the route - no places to eat or have a beer.

So, finish in Wimea and go to Taco Tako & Brewhouse for some craft beers and mexican food.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Not many trails in the area. But there is some cool landscapes as you approach the top of Mauna Kea (looks like the surface of the moon). Bring warm clothes, water, and food, and explore the area.



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Review Date
November 10, 2010

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: exomatt ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This long fire road is about 47 miles long, and can easily be done in a day if you are used to such milage. It would be perfect for a hardtail except for the parts that i could count on one hand that are very welcome moderately steep rocky downhill bits. These too are doable, and this trail was a blast. There are some steep climbs throughout this ride, where traction might be a problem, which are al rather short. There is a long descent into Waimea with extreme washboarding on the road on which full suspension will be welcome. Starting at 7700 feet on the Mouna Kea access road, this trail can have very diverse weather, so layers with a waterproof shell are recommended.

Recommended Route:
I recommend that any rides start from the Mauna Kea access road, and proceed down towards Waimea. Be ready for seemingly bipolar weather conditions, and bring food and water because there is little or no fresh water available.



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Review Date
December 11, 2006

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Kupono ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Mana is the old historic cattle road that still provides access to ranches at the higher elevations of Mauna Kea. It's well maintained fire road all the way. This is a working ranch road so expect light traffic. It is absolutely awesome, a bit of old Hawaii. Great views of the Mountain and, if the clouds part below you, the Pacific Ocean. Koa trees throughout. It's a pretty strenuous uphill if you start from Waimea, but a great cruise if you start from the Mauna Kea Access Rd on the Saddle Road side. Getting to the MKAR is pretty grueling though. I started early morning in Hilo with panniers front and rear carrying about 60#. After a full day of uphill grinding I made it to the start of Mana just before dark. Well worth it though for Mana was the best part of my ‘round the island ride. Have fun.

Recommended Route:
I forget, but I think it's about a 50 mile trip. I did it in two days starting from the Saddle road side and camping at the State cabins about half way through. Warning, camping is not permitted at all on the road, so if you’re going to do it, hide. The terrain changes from the higher to lower elevations. There are a lot of cinder and baseball size rocks higher up and consequently some hike-a-bike sections where you just can't get any traction. About 12 miles in on the first day the road turns to that volcanic red-red dirt with the greenest of green grass growing on and around it. One section was like a magic carpet--completely covered in smooth grass. A real treat after the previous cinder and rubble sections. The red dirt continues all the way down to Waimea. There are some incredibly fast downhill sections where you can really fly. I did the second half of Mana in about a half a day it was so fast. Watch out for the stutter bumps though.



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Review Date
June 12, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Trevor Allen , from Provo Utah

Summary:
Mana road by far was one of my favorite rides ever. The riding itself is fun if you like long distance dirt road riding. The scenery included small ancient grassy volcanoes as sentinels at the beginning and a more majestic Mauna Kea to the left. Wild flowers abound. When I rode it I started above the cloud cover, and gradually joined the clouds. The scenery changes into rolling grassy hills. I recommend the ride to those who have good endurance and love long rides.

Recommended Route:
porcupine rim-moab, ridge trail-alpine, right fork to wadsworth-hobble creak.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Beach road Hilo side. Start in Pahoa heading to Kalapana. Continue on road from Kalapana to Pohoiki and to Kapoho. Ride the beach road to Kaloli rd and back to Pahoa.



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