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over grown
19 hours ago

Not a very fun trail. There are some interesting, diverse landscape but if you hike the whole trail, your reward is a freakin picnic table. Vegetation is very dense, so there are very few picturesque views. Trail was very muddy with no dry offshoots. Worst part....SPIDERS! A massive, intricate webbing of spiders webs cover 75% of the trail. Being a spider stick to knockdown the webs as you traverse.

This trail is a must do. So easy to follow the paths and incredible scenery! If we are lucky enough to come back to Maui again we will definitely be doing this again. Can't say enough good things about it!

hiking
3 days ago

Good exercise trail with some decent elevations. I could do without the road noise but I think this is as good as it gets for a trail of this type on the west side of the island. Bus service no longer available.

Great fitness hike and easy to find trail. Located near DT Fleming beach parking lot. Not a lot of views on the way up. Cool rock steps on trail. Head to beach after hike for refreshing ocean swim and boogie board!

12 days ago

I hiked it but I also rode it- pure magic on a clear day you can see big island from the top

on Polipoli Trail

hiking
13 days ago

This is a really interesting hike because it takes you through so many different types of forest. We also saw a pig! A little bit of mud but easily done in low-top hiking shoes. We went in afternoon so fog was in but I’m not sure you’d get huge views anyway as I think it’s trees in most of the time. Really enjoyed it!!

This way down gives you many trail options once down. It's easy to follow, not very steap, it's all good. Probably easier than by sliding sands. Anyhow, made it all the way to paliku, which is a little more than 20 miles, but the terrain is so easy that it took only about 7-8hours
Try to go on a not rainy day...

Hiked part of this yesterday. Definitely a good idea to wear running shoes or hiking boots. It was also quite windy so my wide brimmed hat was constantly an issue and I had to hold the sides down for most of the hike.
Started off nice and there was some shade but once on the lava part it was hot. We did see some spinner dolphins in the bay when we first started which was awesome. We turned around probably 1/2 way as some other hikers told us the pools were too shallow to snorkel in and the end beach was anti climatic and that they’d lost where the trail went.
Did see wild goats several times on the lava fields as well as remanants of ancient Hawaiian civilizations. .
All in all had fun at a slow pace and not sorry we turned around.

Great easy quick loop. Just enough uphill to be able to keep a good pace. App says 5 miles, but signs say 6.

hiking
23 days ago

Great hike and one of my favorites on Maui! You definitely need hiking boots as it gets very muddy. Not extremely difficult from a climbing or elevation standpoint, but the length got to me on my last .25 mile. I made it to the river, but it started pouring rain and thundering. I figured I'd not cross with the risk of getting stranded on the other side. There's many changes of terrain and foliage throughout the hike. My favorite was the whistling pines about halfway up. Definitley a must do hike, but watch for the time. I started at 2:00pm and barely made it out before dark due to the storm and tree cover. Not a trail running trail (too muddy). Enjoy!

mountain biking
1 month ago

Great!

Quite easy hike. Smells like in a wood medicine cabinet. Beautiful trees.

hiking
1 month ago

Fun hike with lots to see! We stopped about halfway (about a mile after the reservoir) and still saw pineapples, guava, and passion fruit! Some of the areas higher up were a bit muddy and had a bunch of mosquitoes so bug spray and hiking shoes are recommended.

Beautiful hike in the forest

hiking
1 month ago

Planed on a short hike for an hour or so but ended up completing entire trail. I have determined golf shoes were not the best choice lol!!! Great hike. Took my time. 5.5 hours start to finish. Last mile or two was mud.....not so fun! Will do again with proper shoes.

hiking
1 month ago

My favorite trail on Maui! I truly feel like I am walking back in time with every step.

Be sure to wear sturdy shoes with ankle support and bring lots of water.

There are a few small “off shoot” trails to the right of the main trail as you get to the open cliff area. Taking one or two of these will lead to the best views of the cliff edges. Also found a small and safe wading pool.

But for me the real beauty is the end ~ the Olivine Pools are so interesting to me. Amazing color and mossy vegetation.

Leave snorkel gear in your car, and after the hike, take a dip in a very shallow cove on the North side of La Parouse Bay. As you pull into the parking lot, facing the ocean, that snorkel spot is far right. Trail is off to the left.

Nice and interesting trail through lava field. If you go to the old lighthouse, there are two pools on the way that are worth to stop and swim in them. Just go to the lighthouse and when you see small path leading to the right side, go for it and you will find them! Enjoy! :)

I liked the trail for the diversity it had.

Really nice place, the forest is amazing. The park is setup for both hikers and Mnt bikers, with separate trails. It has some skills area for learning mnt biking, and seen some dads taking their little kids out I figured to go and ride the skills areas. Wish we had that back home. The left fork was great. The right fork cris crossed other trails almost a ridiculous amount. Had absolutely no issue with bikes, and had a great hike.

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked today with my wife. Our second time in 2 years on this trail. Love it. It was dry today until we got rained on. The rain was inviting as we were sweating from the humidity. Scored on 2 ripe pineapples as we passed through the old pineapple plantation. We will do this one again. Good cardio hike with good views and changing flora

hiking
2 months ago

Started at DT Fleming and we only made it up to reservoir. I agree it was overgrown in parts and pretty challenging but overall a good hike. Lots of different plants to look at and the hike down is easier!!

Loved this trail! It was mostly flat but navigating through the lava beds created a great workout. The olivine pools were beautiful, as was the rugged coastline. Make sure to take the spurs off the main trail to see the rugged, but gorgeous, cliffs along the ocean. A bit of rock scrambling on the spurs, but well worth it. Also there was a special viewing of some wildlife. I did not think the trail was as hot and sunny as stated, but I would recommend a hat and sunscreen.

Without going into great detail of the sections of the trail it was without doubt a poorly maintained one in spots. The vegetation was overgrown in two spots. The second spot made the trail almost non existent. I thought I was lost. Thank goodness my husband was blazing it ahead of me! The stairlike rocks were challenging, probably the most difficult part of the trail in terms of gaining elevation. The mud was horrendous! I would recommend hiking boots as my sneakers are now ruined. The view at the top was definitely not worth the trip through the mud. The one saving grace is that we found pineapple plants, and some pineapples. Also there was unusual trees and foliage.

Easy. Exceptional view on lava field. We have seen a monk seal and her baby.

hiking
2 months ago

Our first visit to the upcountry part of Maui - I can’t believe we waited so long. This is a beautiful forested hike where you remain under the canopy the entire time. I gave it 4 stars because we were hoping for some type of vista point. We did the 5.3 miles in just over two hours. The climb was ~ 1000 feet. We enjoyed visiting Makawao afterwards.

No good for a trail run. First mile is nice and smooth, couples of beaches and trees along the way. Then rolling rocks for the entire trail. Easy to hurt yourself. The kind of trail to wear down your hiking boots.

We had a great time finding our way to the arboretum, sloshing through the mud and traipsing through overgrown vegetation. It was a lot more fun than it sounds! Based on previous reviews, were prepared for a rough hike. I had full length pants and a full length shirt, and they came in handy. I regretted not also having serious hiking boots. My trail runners were soaked in mud, guava juice, and snail guts by the end of the hike. The full length clothes also helped to protect against the many bugs on the trail. You may consider bringing bug spray.

As has been mentioned, there are a few parts of the trail where it seems like trees and/or overgrown vegetation are blocking the way. For the first obstacle, at the beginning of the hike, we were able to make our way over the fallen trees by staying to the left of the trail and walking over the fallen trees.

The second time, we found overgrown vegetation next to the golf course, immediately after we re-entered the unpaved portion of the trail (the trail passes on the rod for a short portion). So, instead of staying on the trail, we turned back to the paved road and followed it to the right until we got to some building structures on the right side of the road (including restrooms, which are locked, by the way). We got back on the trail right next to the restrooms and followed the trail for a while.

At some point, the trail took us to a beautiful view of the valley and ocean to our left. Then, the trail headed into a dense patch of vegetation on both sides, which is where we reached a third portion of the trail that was overgrown and barely discernible. As we were about to turn around, we noticed that there was a (poorly maintained) ATV road to the right of the trail. It turns out that, once you get to the ATV road, you can follow it to an intersection where, if you hang back left (where the trail is), you can get back to a very beautiful and rewarding portion of the trail. This was my favorite portion. Lush vegetation and a trail that stayed dry even in spite of the rain that was falling around us.

The trail was fully discernible until the arboretum from there on. However, I note that we encountered some extreme mud and prolific spider webs - though we were hiking in the rain so perhaps other hikers would find less mud. And so much fermenting fruit on the ground!

Finally, we reached the arboretum, which we found muddy and poorly maintained. It seems like nature has completely taken over what used to be a well maintained exhibit. There were also many signs and references to a shuttle that was never to come. It felt like we were surrounded by ghosts.

There is at least one port-a-potty at the top, where the shuttles used to be, though we did not try using it.

As has also been said, the incline of the trail does not warrant a “hard” rating. It seems like the difficulty lies in the navigation and mud. I suggest that you download the trail map on All Trails and follow it. It was the saving grace for us whenever we lost our way. And we lost service for most of the hike.

I’m giving it five stars because, for us, the ruggedness and difficulty in navigation was part of the fun.

3 months ago

Follow up for next poster:

We navigated around or through the overgrowth in three locations. We got really lucky and we’re able to find the trail after these points.

1) near the trailhead had to climb over a huge downed tree. It would have been much easier to enter at the paved road crossing just past this point.

2) we also took the cart path to the bathrooms

3) From his description, I think this is where Peter turned back, and we were ready to as well. If this is just past the pine trees, once you hit the overgrowth, there is a parallel 4x4 road to the right of the trail. The road is about 10 ft higher so you need to climb a short hill to get there. Once you get on the 4x4 road, continue parallel to the trail until it forks. At the fork, the trail crosses the road and you are able to re-join the hike. It was clear sailing for us from this point.

hiking
3 months ago

I'm curious to hear more from Chris Olson, poster below me. I read most of the reviews here about the difficulty of tall foliage and inaccessible paths, and can attest to much of it. Lots of potential for this trail but they need to clear the path. There were at least 3 times when I was squatting through the foliage in order to keep eyes on the path. Although I never was, it seems like an easy path to get lost in the overgrowth. I made it past the stepping rocks (to the left of the private property sign), ascended the red clay hill, and hiked through the pine trees. At this point, I had to make judgement calls on whether or not to venture through the overgrowth. There were moments I almost turned around b/c I was unsure where I was going and that's why I ultimately gave up about half way in, according to my AllTrails app. I couldn't see what I was stepping on anymore and there was no clear path ahead. I had been making assumptions based on the overgrowth that I had been stepping on as to whether or not I was heading in the right direction, but I could not do this any longer since I was afraid of falling off 1 side of the ridge. I had to be more cautious than not since I'm unaware of the area. I did achieve some altitude and got scarce beach views, but my views were mostly of the adjacent ridge. I'll upload a few pics that can be used for reference, along with a screenshot of how far I apparently got on the trail. ALSO, the original trail head from Fleming Beach, where entrance is left of the preschool, has a landslide about 300 yrds in, so you need to enter another way. Park at Fleming Beach and ask a lifeguard or the preschool nearby. Both should know. You need to walk past the pre-school. At the end of the Preschool lot is another gravel path past the trees and onto another road. Take a left uphill, and go about 100 ft before turning right back onto the path. You'll see signs and it'll become more obvious at this point. You'll be crossing a couple driveways until you need to make your first right into the trail (overgrowth already obvious) before entering the golf course.. There is a lot of overgrowth at this point. Although the sign advises not to, I'd recommend going onto the golf cart path, take a right, walk down a very steep hill and you'll see a restroom/break station for the golfers at the bottom of the hill. Take a right around that area and you can hop back on the trail. I think is where they originally shuttled you from Kapalua Village, but the shuttle is no longer in service. I've called...

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