Hauula Loop Trail

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Hauula Loop Trail is a 4.0 kilometer lightly trafficked loop trail located near Hauula, Oahu, Hawaii that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 4.0 km Elevation Gain: 249 m Route Type: Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

bird watching

beach

forest

views

waterfall

wildlife

blowdown

bugs

muddy

Hau`ula Loop Trail is located near Hau'ula, Hawaii. 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.

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muddy
4 hours ago

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bugs
17 days ago

Don’t drive all the way up to the yellow gate, you’ll have to reverse out and find parking. Park in the neighborhood, just be respectful about it. Trail Head: 54-55 Maakua Rd, Laie, HI 96762 Turn left onto Hau’ula Homestead Rd (where the Hau’ula Congressional Church is). We parked in the neighborhood and walked in. Hauula Homestead Rd turns into Ma’akua Rd. And the trail starts at the end. Walk up the paved trail and then you’ll take a right going onto the dirt path, eventually crossing the stream. Keep progressing forward until you come to the sign pointing in 2 directions as to which way you can go. We chose the left (or straight I guess) going up The mountain rather than going right which takes you up a steeper hill. The way we chose was a long, gradual climate with lots of switchbacks. At the end you’ll end up going down that steep hill, should you choose the option we went, and then you’re back at the fork path which will take you back to the road that you came from. We went on a beautiful, clear day so it wasn’t really all that muddy for us. Just some mud spots in areas covered by the trees that couldn’t dry out. The trail was pretty much shaded the entire time but should it rain, there’s a stream you pass over a couple times while doing the loop, the stream and the mini falls will be really nice but just be aware that flash flooding can occur should it rain heavily. However, should it rain, the switchbacks obviously will be more slippery. There was lots of leaves on the trail and that can lead to less traction when wet. In terms of “incentives” (scenic views, falls, etc) for a hike, a lot of the views were blocked by trees. There’s a couple of spots where are you get a nice shot of the valley going toward the mountain ridge and a little further up from that, you kind of have to go off trail a little bit of a big dirt hill, but you can see a really nice view of the valley going toward the ocean. Otherwise it was beautiful flora that changes as you progress through the trail and that enough was worth it for me.

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bugs
muddy
rocky
23 days ago

A little slippery because of the recent rain, but well worth the effort. Excellent views at the top, and beautiful trees and streams to lead you there.

hiking
muddy
rocky
25 days ago

Trail was a little muddy in spots, shaded, and a good hike! This was our first hike on the island, great one to start off on. Make sure to bring your camera! Dog friendly, very low traffic but everyone we came upon was super friendly

hiking
27 days ago

6/23/2019-Got a later start at 0800 after parking at Hauula Beach Park (most of the street parking available along the road to the trail head is either blocked off illegally with cones or has a sign that says not to park there so no point in looking unless you’ve got a friend so you can park in front of their house). The walk from Hauula Beach Park to the trail head is only about 0.2 miles anyway so not a big deal. The trail initially started off pretty humid with very little to no wind if you take the left fork and there’s only one large clearing where you can see up and down the valley but otherwise it’s just a nice, green trek in the forest. Seems like there are a few stream crossings with enough rain but that wasn’t the case today. Trail seems to be not as popular as of yet because we only came across 9 people (1 soloist, 2 groups of 4) but it’s nice getting a trail to yourself.

hiking
29 days ago

I prefer Aiea Loop over this trail. Shady & short. Not too scenic.

hiking
1 month ago

Hike is shaded and lightly trafficked. There are slight inclines but nothing too steep on the switchbacks. Nice views of the valley at the top of the loop.

hiking
1 month ago

I love this trail. We have gone twice now and never saw any other hikers. It’s the perfect length, not too difficult, but still a great workout for an hour or 2. It looks like a lot of the east side hikes are pretty difficult, so it’s nice that this one is here! Awesome for families, dogs, or a group. More mud after a lot of rain, but you get to see more water in the little stream that you cross about 3 times. Easy to cross either way, though. It was pretty dry the second time we went so it was easy to fly through. A few loose, dry leaves but I never slipped. Some nice mountain, valley, ocean and coastline views while you go. Lots of switchbacks and slight inclines and declines throughout. Like a fun rollercoaster. :) Probably great for trail runners. I recommend parking at the beach across the street. You can try in the neighborhood, but it’s hard to find a good spot. There is a 7-Eleven at the main road, which is awesome for water and snacks.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice hike, couple small muddy spots, 2 good clearings on the back half of the trail (if you start off to the left after reaching the loop). Parked down at the beach as others had mentioned, no problems. Yeah, this trail is pretty straight forward, we liked it. Get away from the busy hikes on the east side (especially on the weekends) and enjoy your quiet time. We saw 1 group of 3 during the hike. Really nice for a Sat. afternoon.

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muddy
1 month ago

Hiked this trail last week. Perfect quick, Hawaii hike. Parked at the beach and had no issues. 1.5-2 hours overall with great variety of jungle environments. Make sure to check out the secondary trails at the top for the best views. A little muddy in one spot but not bad.

hiking
bugs
muddy
2 months ago

I picked this trail today because it looked pretty safe to do alone, and it was. This trail would be great for families as well as dogs. I parked at the beach as recommended, and agree that it was the best decision. You get to get out in nature, and get the blood pumping, but I never felt that it was intense. The trail was clearly marked as well. No chance of getting lost or turned around. A little muddy, but most trails here are. Don’t expect a waterfall. There are a couple of small creek areas, but the trees and foliage are the stars of this trail. I only saw one other small group too, so pretty peaceful. Very nice trail.

hiking
2 months ago

awesome trail

hiking
2 months ago

A pleasant hike, a bit of mud in a couple of places, no waterfall but we did see where the waterfall would be in the right conditions. Definitely park at the beach, it took us (with 3 fit, active teenagers) approximately 1.5 hours from the beach car park including a couple of stops. Didn’t see anyone else on the track, would recommend going early in the day.

trail running
muddy
rocky
3 months ago

I actually did this trail twice while staying down the street for holiday. I initially hiked it with the family to include two toddlers, two tweens and carrying out infant. Just thought this would be a simple little walk, but as soon as we got on the trail I knew this would make a great run. So the next morning that’s exactly what I did! What a joy! The rocks are pretty slick so be careful on them. The trails was only muddy in one section between the two “ridges”. At least when it hasn’t rained in the last day or so. The waterfall was basically all dried up and only a trickle. It’s almost completely shaded throughout the entire thing but there are spots where the sun pokes through. I never seem to have issues with mosquitoes so that was fine for me, but the family got eaten pretty good. All in all a fantastic spot and a great surprise of a trail.

hiking
3 months ago

Really fun easy trail

hiking
bugs
muddy
3 months ago

Nice trail showcasing many different species of flora at varying altitudes. Beautiful views at the top of mountain valleys and the beach. Waterfall was a muddy pool today, but I can imagine it being gorgeous after a good rain. Took my 10 year old kids and it was the perfect length and incline to keep their attention and whining at bay.

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muddy
3 months ago

Beautiful, shady trail with a great view at the top.

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bugs
muddy
over grown
rocky
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful trail, well cared for. Probably pretty muddy when rain season is here, but today it was perfect.

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muddy
3 months ago

hiking
muddy
3 months ago

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