Kahakapao Loop Trail

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Kahakapao Loop Trail is a 5.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Makawao, Hawaii that features beautiful wild flowers 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 but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
5.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1138 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

trail running
6 days ago

My "home" trail. I try to get there as soon as gates open at 7. Dogs and I start out to the left. Fongs Ridge Road goes straight up kinda steep towards the end. Otherwise it is a nice go up through the different veg zones if you take the normal loop. Fongs joins the loop at the top, going straight through, you can run down the drier southern part of the loop with less concern of slipping. The invasive (but beautiful) torch ginger section is a treat at the halfway point.

trail running
19 days ago

Beautiful Trails!

hiking
2 months ago

About 5.86 miles from the parking lot, up to the loop and back. We took it clockwise and there were lots of switchbacks on our way up, more straightaways heading back down. We debated if we’d have preferred going the other direction. Really lovely shaded walk in the woods. Well-marked and the mountain bikers we encountered were all great at sharing the trail with hikers. Btw, “we” are a family of four with two teenagers. We aren’t in the best of shape and aren’t regular hikers, but we all enjoyed this trail!

hiking
3 months ago

Nice hiking and awesome biking trails. Easy and well maintained.

hiking
4 months ago

Easy, not moderate, well marked hike on wide trail. Didn’t see any wildlife nor hear any birds. Went day after heavy rain & most of trail was not muddy. On trail, follow RED arrows for hiking and GREEN for biking.

trail running
5 months ago

Awesome trail run in a lovely shady forest. No views or anything crazy, just a well kept, run romp in the woods.

trail running
6 months ago

Just finished another Spartan Tri-Fecta - this was the perfect course to start to regroup - not much elevation change but a good length - 6.2miles - very muddy and lots of roots - staying on course is a little tricky because the mountain bike trail zig zags through the running trail - don't follow the All Trails map to get there. Read the street signs - be sure to stop the Holy Rosary Catholic church on the way -
beautiful and peaceful -

8 months ago

It’s a nice trail, well maintained, pleasantly cool and shady, with a variety of trees and occasional profusion of ferns. It’s tagged as having views, but there are none until you get back on Piiholo Road heading towards Makawao. Total distance from the trailhead to and then around the Loop Trail is 6.2 miles according to the signage.

hiking
9 months ago

Take my dog here all the time, can be a bit muddy but overall it's an awesome hike in the woods. The entire Loop when starting from the parking lot is more like 6.5 miles, highly recommend!

hiking
10 months ago

We had a great hike here. We took the west loop, counterclockwise, and had troubles finding the right hike at the start as many trails intersect. After figuring it out we just followed the red arrow signs, pretty easy and not so smart from us. The hike is shaded all the way and the climate was very comfortable.

hiking
10 months ago

Very scenic. Manageable terrain. Really nice people on the trail. Easy get to get to. Great smelling the eucalyptus and ginger. Will be back for sure.

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