Waipio Valley Road (Hawaii)

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Distance: 1 km
Average Gradient: 25%
Maximum Gradient: 45%
Terrain: Scary
Surface: Crap:

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This is one of the World’s craziest climbs!

Waipio Valley Road is located in Hawaii and means “curved water” in the Hawaiian language. This road is considered one of the world’s most dangerous roads.  And is arguably the world’s longest sealed road with an average gradient over 20%. An extreme level of fitness would be required to even attempt a climb which peaks at a ridiculous 45%.  It’s certainly not for the feint of heart.  You would have to have lungs of steel.  Or be a mountain goat to get up this climb in one piece.

Image taken by Wasim Malik (courtesy of Flickr)

Waipio Valley Road climb

Waipio Valley Road is a single lane and is barely a car length wide. The views are as stunning as they are dangerous. The road is on the precipice of a very, very steep drop.  There is this small knee height safety barrier.  Just to remind you that if you step over this line you’re screwed! This is a very windy road with a number of blind corners.  Just to make this climb that extra bit hard.  It’s not in very good shape, and is bumpy as all bat shit.

Image taken by Chris Barker (courtesy of Flickr)

If you hear a vehicle descending get off to the side of the road. Be aware that Vehicles experience extreme difficulty descending down a road which has been know to burn through brakes easily.

This climb can experience heavy mist and is dangerous at all times.  Particularly in low visibility conditions. If you were crazy enough to consider doing this climb in the first place.  You’d be suicidal to try it in severe weather conditions. Avalanches, heavy snowfalls and landslides can occur anytime.  And the road can experience icing up it as well. It has a reputation for being one of the world’s most dangerous roads.  A climb like this should never be attempted in the wet.

Image taken by Donal Mountain (courtesy of Flickr)

I would climb about anything, but this climb I would have severe reservations about trying. If you enjoy an extreme challenge maybe it’s for you……

Be warned that this road is considered one of the world’s most dangerous roads.

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2 thoughts on “Waipio Valley Road (Hawaii)

    Stefaan said:
    September 11, 2016 at 9:10 pm

    Any excuse is good for a cycling holiday in Hawaii

      Brendan Edwards responded:
      September 11, 2016 at 11:58 pm

      Just building up a wish list for when I win Tattslotto 😉
      Honestly don’t know how I would go at that bit that peaks at 45%, but would certainly try……

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