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Using Google Earth I was able to identify a larger network of trails surrounding the 1.4 loop described here... got over an hour of super runnable trail in before I had to get back to town... but I could have probably run quite a bit farther if I had the time. will definitely come back to explore more, as the trail itself is GORGEOUS!!
as written by others the trail is on Hawaiian native property but on the 4th of July at least was not patrolled and others seemed used to using it. this is a ATV road that services a variety of microwave and broadcasting Towers on the way up Hualalai. It is not a difficult hike but with clouds and fog not much to see by way of views. the cinder cone looking down into the crater is a great place to picnic. Hawaii Forest & Trail has a post that they lead towards in there and have permission. they have a blog post that says there is another crater with parrots in it but we didn't find that one.
Lovely easy-moderate hike. There's a lot of roots and ups and downs but overall a really enjoyable hike. Make sure to take the right at the wooden sign to take the loop. Best to periodically check the map to make sure you don't take a wrong turn, we ended up going half a mile off track.
The start is confusing - take the first right or the second right at the trailhead. Do not bend left, as this simply goes down the mountain and you will have to turn around. Vegetation is beautiful. Some shade. Gave it a 4 due to the confusing start as well as the point of the loop- it turns around at a forest road.
Pamela W. on Pu'u Wa'a Wa'a Cinder Cone Trail
This was an amazing 8 mile round trip hike up to the top of the cinder cone. Along the way we saw sheep's and goats...once you get up half way there are some benches and a grassy spot to sit and relax and enjoy the view. Keep heading up the hill and you will reach the top and the view is amazing!! You feel like you are on top of the world!!
First off it is not 2.5 miles out an back, it is almost 7 miles round trip. Second I wouldn't consider it easy per se because while yes the first almost half is an old paved road, then it goes to old 4WD roads, it is varying degrees of up the entire way. If you start any later than 10 then you may experience some heat. It does start over 2k feet up, and you climb almost 2k feet but it can still feel stifling.
Having said all of that, this is the must hike on the Island for me. For a fit, advanced hiker it takes maybe an hour and a half to get to the top and less than an hour coming down. As I stated before though it is all up hill, and then all downhill. But there are a couple benches up at the top and a completely expansive view of the island so it is a great place to have lunch.
On a clear day you can see Kohala, Mauna Kea, Mauna Loa, Hualalai and Haleakala on Maui! It is so tranquil and peaceful up at the top, making this one of my absolute favorite hikes to do. (I have now done it 4 times).