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Saddle Road
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Owner description: Built in 1942, this 53-mile long road is extremely dangerous with its narrow structure, blind turns, rough surface and single-lane bridges.
Reviewed 25 June 2014 via mobile

Great road when you eventually find it. Signage appalling and maps were less than helpful. Even on the road signs to Observatory etc were non existent. Obviously the dont want tourists to go there.

Thank PhoebeChristos
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Reviewed 21 June 2014

For me, this was unexpected in Hawaii. It is a beautiful area that reminds you of the far-reaching views of the American West on the plains. Except that you look to the west and there is the Pacific Ocean and beaches. We watched cowboys (paniolos) working cattle on the famous Parker Ranch. The parts of Saddle Rd we drove on (didn't go all the way across) were fine. Yes, narrow, but not dangerous in the area we visited. I could live there!

Thank myrabanjo
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Reviewed 18 June 2014

We traveled from Waikaloa to Hilo via Waimea which was beautiful. Saddle road on the way back was much faster and also very beautiful.

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Reviewed 18 June 2014

Depending if you start from Kona on the West side of the Island or Hilo on the East side of the Island, you will experience a different road experience. East bound traffic will find the road narrows as you drive further East, there are numerous curves and rough stretches until you get by the Army base. Down the East side there have been great improvements to the road.
One of the most important things to remember is to make sure you have plenty of gas as there are no gas stations on the road.
Make sure your car rental contract does not exclude driving on the Saddle Road. In the past there was an exclusion if you drove the road. I believe now most car rentals have removed the exclusion.
The scenery changes from a dry volcanic field of grass on the West side to dense tropical vegetation on the the West slope.
The big treat is the close up views of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa, assuming the low clouds are not obstructing your view.
If you have the opportunity to drive both ways, I think you will find each drive very different.

2  Thank nsoldgoat
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Reviewed 15 June 2014

I love landscapes, and this one is amazing. You can see Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea at the same time. there are also several small volcanic cones.

Thank David R
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