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Saddle Road

Ala Mauna known as Saddle Road serves as a cross island highway.  Built as a gravel road during the second world war, Saddle Road was later paved in 1949.    This highway provides access to the slopes of Mauna Kea and Mauna loa. 

Kipuka Huluhulu is found at the base of Mauna Kea's summit road, at an elevation of 6500 ft.  Here Koa and Ohia trees graze the cloud tops with their branches and leaves.

Saddle Road is just over 45 miles from Hilo to Kona.  Sight is often limited due to low lying clouds, curves and bends in the road.