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Waihou Spring Trail is a 1.8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Makawao, Maui, Hawaii that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 1.8 miles Elevation Gain: 600 feet Route Type: Loop

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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. Can be slippery after rain. Waihou Spring is accessible at the end of the trail. Lava tubes and waterfalls as the prize. 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. Traverse down the cliff edge via the Spring Trail. This takes you to Waihou Spring for views of small lava tubes and waterfalls.

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1 month ago

what a fun hike. let your imagination run free while checking out the caves/tubes/aqueducts/dwellings. would've loved playing here as a kid. the hike itself is easy, on well maintained trails. the way down to and around the springs can be slippery. the climb up isn't as bad as you may think it will be on the way down. overall it's a happy little hike.

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1 month ago

Fat guy advice ~ loop is a nice walk, going down to spring is where it’s at. It’s a family and pet friendly hike with a lot of people, the loop is a nice gradual slop and gets the legs ready for the lower spring trail. As you’re going down you are regretting it very much and wondering when it stops. The further straight down you go the more you think of the journey back up. Once at the bottom it is pretty cool and worth the hike. You can hunch over and walk in a couple of them. Now the climb back up...... it’s actually not that bad and seems quicker going back up than it did going down. Not what you were expecting huh... Have fun.

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2 months ago

Nice and easy loop but the switch backs to and from the spring falls are a bit arduous. Definitely do not do after rain. The locals do the hike in sandals and bare feet. I admire them. It is beautiful and surreal without yelling kids. When you can find that time.

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3 months ago

Aloha!! Yes the loop trail is easy and has minimal grade changes. The switchbacks to the spring is moderate to hard. HOWEVER. once at the spring be cautious. The “lava tubes” as quoted above are not such. They are old channels for sewage and drainage dug into the rock face. If you approach them closely you can immediately see they are man made and far from actual lava tubes. The views are beautiful everywhere. You can smell the keava trees (Hawaiian cedar) not pine. There is also Koa trees and a hidden ancient rainbow eucalyptus tree. There are planted redwoods on Maui. However not here. Enjoy the hike!! But take it slow and LEARN about the area and it’s species before you post!! Mahalo!!

hiking
3 months ago

Perfect walk for old peeps and families with kids

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4 months ago

Old folks and dogs enjoy this trail on mondays

hiking
5 months ago

Well marked trail through a gorgeous pine Forest makes this unique scenery for Maui. The lava channels and water are only accessible by taking a steep, optional trail done with switch backs. This part is not part of the loop, so I would only recommend this for those seeking a more challenging hike.

7 months ago

Loved this trail. Felt like the mainland mountains, but in Hawaii. Great shaded trail, the loop part is an easy stroll, down to the spring is moderate and steep.

hiking
8 months ago

This listing only covers the loop through the redwoods which is peaceful, fragrant and absolutely beautiful. If you are feeling adventurous, you can go past warning signs and take a steep series of switchbacks to the spring below. Miss covered rocks, trickling water and lava tubes make the extra hiking worth it.

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8 months ago

We enjoy this walk as a getaway from the heat and crowds. Eucalyptus and pine smells are a treat. You can keep it easy and wander through the woods or get a little workout in by descending down the switchbacks to the springs.

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9 months ago

The drive up is definitely worth the trip alone. Makawao’s countryside is one of my favorite drives. Keep on the lookout for goats (that are very nicely groomed, btw) and all the monkeys (stuffed animals) hanging at the turn. Very aloha. The trail, as mentioned by others is short and shady. I hiked alone and felt a little underwhelmed and maybe a little creeped out but that’s part of the adventure right? There’s nearly zero foot traffic and no tourists around but if you’re looking for a “ta-da” moment, I’d save that for a different destination. There’s a spring trail but very little water. The scent of the woods otherwise, does beat the stench smell of rotting fruit in the rainforest!

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10 months ago

Great trail, shady and cool even during the hottest days of summer, good for both babies and more adventurous hikers. Word of caution, don’t go down the steep descent with kids that small and inexperienced it’s a very dangerous cliff climb. View of lava tubes is great but not worth of broken neck if you not up to it. Fun trail, I’m definitely coming back.

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10 months ago

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10 months ago

Not a lot of water in the springs right now but still a nice hike.

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10 months ago

Shorter circular trail with an offshoot that takes you downward to some springs and small caves. Gorgeous and shady hike.

hiking
10 months ago

This was a great family friendly trail. There was wide paths and pretty trees. It was not very tropical, reminded me of the Pacific Northwest. There's not much water at the falls in July, but beautiful nonetheless.

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10 months ago

The loop is very easy and it’s pretty short. There is shade everywhere, so I didn’t need any sunscreen. We also came later in the day as well. The hike down to the lava tubes and the “waterfall” is pretty easy, but just be careful if it has been raining, because it can get slippery. The way back up is pretty steep, but we saw a few kids doing it, and they were fine. The trail is zig zagged, but easy to follow. The lava tubes are amazing, but there are signs everywhere to be cautious due to the falling rocks. We went in two of the lava tubes and there was a constant stream coming off the cliff, but not a waterfall. It overall was very peaceful, and we loved it! Would definitely go again!

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bugs
11 months ago

Trail starts at the gate. Easy to hike. It is well shaded and very peaceful. Great for dogs. There are bugs when you get to the spring. Don’t expect to see much water. The spring is mostly underground, but there is a beautiful rock way that has moss and water trickling off.

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11 months ago

Smelled lovely, of lemon eucalyptus and pine. The loop itself is very pleasant, can be slippery due to leaves when wet. Didn't go all the way down to the springs due to rain.

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Sun Jun 30 2019

A pretty easy hike, up to the switchbacks towards the end. The lava tubes were extremely fascinating and awe inspiring and there is room to explore. Highly enjoyed, would come again.

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Tue Jun 25 2019

At the end of the hike by the springs you can crawl through the lava tubes behind the waterfall. Amazing!! The waterfall is small... more like a wet cliff, but still super beautiful and the lava tubes make it magical.

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Sun Jun 16 2019

Short hike that leads to an underwhelming waterfall. Bring mosquito repellent!

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Tue Jun 11 2019

The trail was really nice today, no mud and perfect!!

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Wed May 22 2019

Easy except for lower trail to waterfall. Narrow steep and muddy. Completed in February 2019

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Sat Apr 06 2019

Super flat trail, then steep switchbacks. Beautiful forest near the springs, very little water flow (in April). Saw about 8 people in all. Tall forest so if you want direct light, come midday.

Fri Mar 29 2019

Great hike. Springs were not running fast, but small waterfalls visible. hour hike if you go down to springs and hit entire loop.

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Fri Mar 22 2019

Wonderful easy hike around the loop in an old growth forest. Low traffic in morning. Have to cross one creek on trail but small and easily done without getting wet. Switch back descent to springs is well maintained and couple hundred foot descent is easily done if you take your time. Springs were flowing well during my stop.

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Sat Mar 02 2019

The loop is a beautiful hike through the forest and the lookout to the waterfalls is a bit challenging especially when muddy. Either way it is worth the hike as you get to see amazing waterfalls and holes through the rock which I heard you can go into. Highly recommend this hike for all ages.

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