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Saddle Road

The so-called "Saddle Road" (Hawaii State Highway 200) is the road that cuts between the two large mountains on the island, Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea. The maximum elevation of the saddle road is 6,632 feet (2,021 metres) and it is subject to fog and low visibility. It is somewhat rough, and definitely not a "short-cut" from east to west.

The eastern half from Hilo to the road to the Mauna Kea observatories is in better condition than the western half. Many car rental companies will not allow their vehicles to be driven the entire length of the Saddle Road, so be sure to check your contract first. Click a photo at the right to see some photos of the Saddle Road.

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