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Best trails in Makawao

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Explore the most popular trails near Makawao with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
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Map of trails in Makawao
Top trails (3)
#1 - Waihou Spring Trail
Waihou Spring Forest Reserve
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Length: 1.8 mi • Est. 1 h 8 m
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. It can be slippery after rain. Waihou Spring is accessible at the end of the trail. 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. As you traverse down the cliff edge via the Spring Trail, this will take you to Waihou Spring for views of small lava tubes and waterfalls.Show more
#2 - Kahakapao Loop Trail
Makawao Forest Reserve
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Length: 5.4 mi • Est. 2 h 57 m
#3 - Paia to Haleakala (Cycle to the Sun)
Haleakala National Park
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Length: 69.4 mi
As of June 2020 (COVID 19 response) The summit area is now open for sunrise viewing and must be reserved on Recreation.gov. Reservations allow access to the Summit District of the park from 3:00am to 7:00am. Please visit https://www.nps.gov/hale/planyourvisit/conditions.html for more information. Show more