Molokai Forest Reserve Road Trail is a 11.2 mile out and back trail located near Kaunakakai, HI that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and mountain biking and is accessible year-round.
Directions from Kaunakakai: Travel 3.5 miles northwest on Highway 460, turn east onto the Molokai Forest Reserve Road, across from the rock crusher. Continue 9.8 miles up this unpaved main road.
This trail is actually a dirt road leading up to the Kamakou Forest Reserve. Depending on your familiarity of the island. It is possible to traverse alternate routes leading back down to the south side of the island, making it a one way journey. I would not recomend this option unless you know the roads, or are accompanied by someone who has done it before. There is no potable water available once you leave Homelani Cemitary where the dirt road begins. So carry enough water and snacks to last you all day. The first 11 miles is a steady climb averaging about a 4 to 5% grade. This is where you'll gain your 35oo+ feet of elevation. It takes most people about 2 hours to reach the Waikolu look out park. There you will be treated by spactacular views of the Waikolu Valley. There are picnic tables, a restroom and a sheltered pavilion. Stay off the side roads unless you know where you are going. Some of these roads lead half way down the mountain and end. Making it necissary to push your bike back up to the main forest road at grades anywhere from 4 to about 10 or 12%. An early start will spare you from the scoarching mid day heat of the first 5 miles where it will be dusty, dry and hot. Once entering the canopy of the forest at 2000 ft. elevation, you will be shaded by large eucalyptus trees the rest of the way. About 2 miles further along the main forest road, there will be a sign post which reads "MAKAKUPAIA". Straight ahead another 2 miles is the famouse board walk. Turning right at this sign will lead you to a number of alternate routes down to the south shore. k down toward the south shore. You really need to know which one you want to take, or you may end up lost, and unable to make it back up before dark. I have known of people who have ditched thier bikes, and bush whacked thier way down uncharted terain in the dark just so they wouldn't have to spend the night in the jungle. This option is a worse case scenerio, because your vehicle will still be at the start of the trail anywhere from 4.5 to 10 miles away depending on where you come out at. Your best bet is to check with Phillip at Molokai Bicycles for detailed info.