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Best trails in Hauula Forest Reserve

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Explore the most popular trails in Hauula Forest Reserve 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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#1 - Hau'ula Loop Trail
Hauula Forest Reserve
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Length: 2.7 mi • Est. 1 h 42 m
The trail is great for hiking or trail running and normally takes around an hour. This trail is probably the lesser used Na Ala Hele trails, and with lots of shade, it's a good one to do any time, any season. One option is to park at the beach park. There is no real room to park at the entrance without trashing someone's lawn. Plus it gives you a place to rinse off afterwards. Bring bug spray. We recommend hiking the loop in a clockwise manner. Show more
#2 - Maakua Ridge Trail
Hauula Forest Reserve
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Length: 2.8 mi • Est. 1 h 47 m
Ma`akua Ridge Trail (Papali Trail) is located near Hau'ula, Hawaii. The trail is great for trail running and normally takes 1-3 hours. It's a nice distance, and with lots of shade, it's a good one to do any time, any season. This one can be a bit moister than the Hau`ula Loop Trail.Show more
#3 - Hau'ula-Waipilopilo Loop Trail
Hauula Forest Reserve
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Length: 3.8 mi • Est. 2 h 33 m
This trail is an extension from the State's Hau'ula Loop Trail. It connects Hau'ula and Waipilopilo ridges into a very manageable loop. The trail can be overgrown as Uluhe is prevalent in this area. Be prepared with long sleeves and pants. There are a number of steep sections and blow downs, as well as narrow spots that you will need to keep your focus on so that you don't accidentally step into a hole off the ridge. The views from the ridge are expansive - giving you views from as far as Kahuku to Laie to Kaa'awa. Some views of Kaipapau Gulch with high waterfalls (if it is raining). Great day to take a walk up towards the KSRT. The path goes past Hauula Loop up onto Hauula Ridge overlooking Kaipapau Gulch. It starts as a wooded area with Kukui, Paperbark and Eucalyptus trees. It then becomes Koa and once it opens up, it is speckled with Ohia with Uluhe underwood. The path is a constant uphill with amazing views all around. Once at the end the ridge turns and connects via a short saddle to Waipilopilo ridge. The section connecting to the top of Waipilopilo is steep but manageable. Show more