Great trail. The 1km walk in on the 4w only road was no big deal at all. We did the loop counter clockwise to make the the traverse of the mountainside at the far end of the loop a downhill hike. There's 1 sitting bench along the trail, just before making the downhill trek.
Wonderful towering eucalyptus trees & majestic old growth pine trees.
The songbirds in the trees made a great chorus as we walked along.
Saw some ferrule goats but no wild pigs.
We'd watched the Kula weather forecast and began hike about 10am. It was cool but quite pleasant with a long sleeved shirt. The clouds started forming later in the morning.
Made the loop in 2+hrs with a stop for lunch along the way.
Will definitely come back and do this hike again
Great hike. We had to walk to the trail itself as you need a 4x4 to drive to it. It took us 2 hours for a round trip. You can go for a much longer hike from the same direction, you'll see a map before starting the trail. We did just a loop and it was nice. No real breathtaking views (hence 3 stars), but the forest itself is beautiful. Loved the smell of eucalyptus and wild lilikoi. Google directions took us to the wrong place, you need to stop once you see a hunters hut on the left side of the road and there will be a gate toward the hike, you can drive through the gate if you have 4x4.
Bryan A. on Waiakoa Loop Trail
Nice overall hike. We drove up to the hunting hut checkin point. You can park directly below the hut off the road. You need to walk in 0.8 miles along the dirt road before you reach the actual trail head. If you have 4 wheel drive, you can drive to trail head.
It's a loop trail so read the sign/map to ensure you know where you're heading. Take a picture of the map at the trailhead to ensure you know which trail to take. The north fork splits after a short distance in, but it's not clearly marked. This is where the map helped.
The trail is in kula which is higher in elevation. Give yourself time to walk slower, bring water, and an extra shirt or layer in case it gets cold. The hike is mostly under a canopy.
The overall trail is easy to moderate. There is some elevation gain and loss, but not strenuous. The Trail relatively well maintained.
We went during pig hunting season. It unnerved me a bit to know there might be hunters in the area. But stay on the trail and you should be fine.
Ronda G. on Haleakala Ridge Trail
Overall, good moderate hike. This is actually a 2.8 mile loop. Not 6 miles like the description says. The trails aren't marked well as you get deeper in, so you need to pay attention. We almost went off the trail at two spots on the North end where the trail starts to descend. You'll also need to be prepared to go around/over downed trees.