Molokai Forest Reserve Road Trail

MODERATE 5 reviews

Molokai Forest Reserve Road Trail is a 11.2 mile out and back trail located near Kaunakakai, Hawaii that features a great forest setting 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.

11.2 miles
2145 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash


mountain biking

off road driving

trail running




Directions from Kaunakakai: Travel 3.5 miles northwest on Highway 460, turn east onto the Molokai Forest Reserve Road, across from the rock crusher. Continue 9.8 miles up this unpaved main road.

2 months ago

My wife and I decided that we would start the hike at the Homelani cemetery and not drive up. it's about 5.6 miles to the Molokai Forest Reserve. From there it was another nearly 5 miles to the overlook. it was clouded in when we got there so we continued on to the bog. Don't turn back, go all the way to the end, the view is stunning. Got back to the lookout and the clouds had blown out, so just give it time and the weather might cooperate. We only saw five other people the entire time. Round trip was just under 30 miles. Trekking poles were a huge help for the journey. You'll log around 5000' of elevation gain, and they were great going up and down.

9 months ago

Beautiful and pristine.many plants unique to that area. It was challenging for a 60 year old person, but worth it. For me it's once in a life time.

9 months ago

Accessible by driving up a 10 mile dirt road through central Molokai, and a 2 mile hike into the Kamakou Preserve, lies the Pepe'opae Bog Trail. Maintained by the Nature Conservatory, over 200 unique indigenous Hawaiian plants are preserved here. Over a mile of tenuous, overgrown boardwalk trails showcase natural Hawaiian flora, and the chance to experience a truly wondrous mountaintop bog. The boardwalk into the bog is a metal grid strip that supports better footing and helps from not destroying the native plants. It traverses uphill through steep and narrow pathways. It requires some skill not to lose your balance and step into the bog.

scenic driving
11 months ago

Off roading driving on 4x4. The drive up is worth the view for the lookout of the valley and waterfall. Best to go when it's hot and dry. If it's been raining a couple of days prior, it will be muddy and your vehicle could get stuck in the mud.

mountain biking
Thursday, July 28, 2011

This trail is actually a dirt road leading up to the Kamakou Forest Reserve. Depending on your familiarity of the island. It is possible to traverse alternate routes leading back down to the south side of the island, making it a one way journey. I would not recomend this option unless you know the roads, or are accompanied by someone who has done it before. There is no potable water available once you leave Homelani Cemitary where the dirt road begins. So carry enough water and snacks to last you all day. The first 11 miles is a steady climb averaging about a 4 to 5% grade. This is where you'll gain your 35oo+ feet of elevation. It takes most people about 2 hours to reach the Waikolu look out park. There you will be treated by spactacular views of the Waikolu Valley. There are picnic tables, a restroom and a sheltered pavilion. Stay off the side roads unless you know where you are going. Some of these roads lead half way down the mountain and end. Making it necissary to push your bike back up to the main forest road at grades anywhere from 4 to about 10 or 12%. An early start will spare you from the scoarching mid day heat of the first 5 miles where it will be dusty, dry and hot. Once entering the canopy of the forest at 2000 ft. elevation, you will be shaded by large eucalyptus trees the rest of the way. About 2 miles further along the main forest road, there will be a sign post which reads "MAKAKUPAIA". Straight ahead another 2 miles is the famouse board walk. Turning right at this sign will lead you to a number of alternate routes down to the south shore. k down toward the south shore. You really need to know which one you want to take, or you may end up lost, and unable to make it back up before dark. I have known of people who have ditched thier bikes, and bush whacked thier way down uncharted terain in the dark just so they wouldn't have to spend the night in the jungle. This option is a worse case scenerio, because your vehicle will still be at the start of the trail anywhere from 4.5 to 10 miles away depending on where you come out at. Your best bet is to check with Phillip at Molokai Bicycles for detailed info.