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“Great time saver for travel across island to Hilo”
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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.
Brightwood, Oregon
Level 6 Contributor
82 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
“Great time saver for travel across island to Hilo”
Reviewed January 24, 2013

We have traveled this road many times and the views and country side is beautiful. The road condition has been recently improved and travel time across is just over an hour.

Visited December 2012
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Littleton, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“Easy driven road”
Reviewed January 23, 2013

Someone said that this road was prohibited by rental car companies. Seemed fine to me. In fact, most of the road was better than the roads around the islands. Any care will drive this road fine. But, no gas or services, so fill up before you drive it.

Visited January 2013
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Dallas, Texas
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“going to be better soon”
Reviewed January 21, 2013

The western side of the saddle still a little bouncy road. But there is going to be a new improved and SHORTER route from Kona to Hilo soon. Watch the maps and the news for 2013.
Watch you speed limit near the military facility!

Visited January 2013
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Kailua-Kona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Saddle Road”
Reviewed January 19, 2013

The part that has been surfaced is great, but the western part which has not been widened and surfaced is still rough going.

Visited May 2012
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San Francisco, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Like in ghost movie)))”
Reviewed January 16, 2013

Guys... You should try it! It's one of my favourite routes on Kona.
The part from Hilo to Mauna Mea is just a very good highway. But the part from Mauna Kea to Waikoloa has the spirit of ghost movie))) almost always in the middle of day it's covered with fog. The colors of nature around are magnificent!
Please, be sure that you feel the size of your car because the part to Waikoloa is quite narrow. The other cars can appear suddenly in front of you, be attentive.
Don't go when it's already getting dark. The visibility would be zero.

Visited January 2013
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