Waihou Spring Trail is a 1.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Makawao, HI 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.
dogs on leash
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.
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.
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.
Interested in this hike! Anyone know of any avid hiking groups I may join in Maui?
Very easy trail; good for young children too. Not sure it should be rated "Moderate".
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.
Fun hike! Climbing up from the springs is strenuous especially if you're out of shape, but a great trail to start with.
Easy hike. Very kid friendly. Was easy to find with the directions that are given through this app.
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!
Michael S. P.
not much water
Easy, beautiful and breezy.... Grab a stick if it's slickery....
Checkout the bird sanctuary and succulent farm...
This is a nice easy loop trail. You don't have really any views , but it is a nice loop trail through a pine forest.
the trail downbto the stream is a bit more challenging and it is a good idea to use hiking sticks.
Most of the trail is pine forest. Well graded and fairly easy for family and kids. To get a more moderate work out take the side trail at the back of the loop trail sign to a small waterfall. Or take the Spring Trail down the gulch cliff to the actual Waihou spring. Now take the right river fork up stream to a large cascading fall. Of course it helps if it was recently raining... Be fore warned.. These off trail ventures are at your own risk. Falling trees and rocks can be hazardous in a gulch.
There is no waterfall or lava tube here. Never crowded. Nice east loop.
Trailhead location is incorrect. Trail is up off Olinda road, but not at the reservoir that the trail marker shows. It is before and easy to spot on the right hand side of the road.
Sorry wrong place. Easy hike to spring fun lava tubes old waterfall
Stunning waterfall leave early gets crowded