Kaunala Trail

MODERATE 14 reviews

Kaunala Trail is a 5.3 mile loop trail located near Waimea, Hawaii that features beautiful wild flowers. The trail is rated as moderate offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
5.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1643 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

backpacking

camping

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

bugs

muddy

over grown

washed out

hiking
7 days ago

Just as others have said.
By my reckoning though, it is 5.06 miles INCLUDING that non-trail proper access road stretch from where you park to the actual trail head; total distance walked from car back to car again is 5.06.
That "phantom" road that some speak of is (I think - I'm pretty sure) an Army road dating from the early 21st century for the Stryker vehicles to get up into the Kahuku Training Area. Since the stryker brigade have given up their heavy vehicles and converted to foot infantry, I don't think the Army (definitely not the State) will anymore pay for that road's upkeep. I walk the K-loop in mid Sept 2017 and at least four spots the paved section was washed away at least halfway. It won't be but a few more storms/years and the road will be cut completely in several places. Should still be trafficable by foot when that happens, but may entail a significant down-then-back-up to cross the forming gulches.

hiking
1 month ago

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hiking
1 month ago

The Kaunala Loop Trail is really an amalgamation of three separate paths. Each of which with something different to offer.

The Kaunala Trail proper is about 2.5 miles long and offers wilderness, shade, wildlife and cooling waters.

The service road is coarse gravel and stone hill climb to an amazing view spanning from Kaena Point to Wahiawa.

The phantom road, as I call it, offers visions of a post apocalyptic world without people. This derelict stretch of road doesn't appear on any maps I've scene and has a very "zombies around the corner" vibe. Fun for the whole family.

For full review visit: https://astephengetty.wordpress.com/trail-blog/kaunala-loop-trail/

trail running
1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

2 months ago

Deceptively long hike for me and the kids. Took us four hours.

2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

neat trail, more truck trail than hiking though, rained a bit that day....

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Sunday, November 16, 2014