Hau'ula-Waipilopilo Loop Trail is a 3.4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Hauula, Hawaii that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
3.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,492 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

bugs

muddy

over grown

scramble

off trail

no dogs

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.

25 days ago

Great “trail”. You won’t see a soul once you break off from the traditional loop trail. The remainder of the hike is essentially a pig trail. Densely overgrown for most of the way after the first mile of the hike. Look for the trail markers on the trees but basically you are on the ridge most of the time. Some ropes left there by a kind soul to help you out of the steep areas. We went in November 2018 and it was muddy so that presented an extra challenge. Averaged a mile per hour as once you get to the top it’s slow going so you don’t fall and die. Not a “hey, we’re in Hawaii let’s go on a hike” type of hike. Stick to the loop that takes off from the same place for something of that nature.

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