Waihou Spring Trail

MODERATE 28 reviews

Waihou Spring Trail is a 1.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Makawao, Hawaii that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

1.4 miles 449 feet Out & Back

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Moderate trail that is part of the Na Ala Hele state trail system. Easy loop through pine forests. Lower spring trail is generally steep through a series of switch backs. Can be slippery after rain. Waihou Spring is accessible at the end of the trail. Lava tubes and waterfalls as the prize. Trail follows the Waihou Springs State Forest Reserve tree plantation road. After making a loop around the upper section, the trail follows a ridgeline to an overlook and returns the same route. Monterey cypress and eucalyptus trees can be seen, as well as the native tree species alaa, halapepe, and koa. The trail ends on a ridge top offering scattered views of the Central Valley. Traverse down the cliff edge via the Spring Trail. This takes you to Waihou Spring for views of small lava tubes and waterfalls.

hiking
6 days ago

Easy hike except the part down a very steep path that switches back to the springs. Not a lot of water in spring in January. Impressive cliff looking up from bottom of the path. As the elevation is higher in this hike, it is a bit cooler than at the beach. We found it just right to walk on a hike in this temperature.

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walking
3 months ago

Relaxing walk in pine tree forest.

5 months ago

walking
6 months ago

Beautiful walk through the forest of trees!!Easy walking for most of the hike. Moderate is an accurate rating for the hike in and around the loop. The switchbacks down to the lava tubes though need to be rated difficult. Steep decline down! We did not see a waterfall. Not sure if it was because water was low or we needed to explore somewhere else? Lava tubes were very cool but very treacherous to be climbing in and around.

8 months ago

the officially mapped portion is in great easy shape. very wide. grades are not a problem. some tree roots and slick flat rocks to be aware of when wet. the switchbacks down to the bottom of the lava tube cliff face is narrow and slippery. the wet leaf debris from the trees actually offered more traction than rocks or roots. great sight at the bottom, even when no water is flowing.

hiking
8 months ago

Interested in this hike! Anyone know of any avid hiking groups I may join in Maui?

9 months ago

Very easy trail; good for young children too. Not sure it should be rated "Moderate".

walking
10 months ago

This was a great first hike for our trip to Maui with the kids. We carried our 2y.o. And our 5y.o. Walked. Let me start by pointing out the crazy road to trailhead. It was super narrow with hair pin turns! We rented a Tahoe... Renting a Fiat next time. Finding the trail head was easy and parking was no problem since we got there early. At first glance we were kinda stumped at the tall pine trees lining the path. All the hiking we have done in Oahu and none look like this. Then for the next hour we walked (lots of exploring) it felt like we were in another world. Pretty cool experience! For the parents taking keiki- the loop is safe and well groomed. However the path down to the spring is for more experienced keiki hikers. We made it down half way and decided It was alil too muddy and slippery for us.

walking
11 months ago

cross country skiing
1 year ago

Fun hike! Climbing up from the springs is strenuous especially if you're out of shape, but a great trail to start with.

hiking
1 year ago

Easy hike. Very kid friendly. Was easy to find with the directions that are given through this app.

1 year ago

Great little hike! It was hard to believe that it was in Maui it seemed like a forest on the mainland. Must take the switchbacks down to the lava tubes!

hiking
1 year ago

hiking
1 year ago

1 year ago

not much water

1 year ago

Easy, beautiful and breezy.... Grab a stick if it's slickery....
Checkout the bird sanctuary and succulent farm...

hiking
1 year ago