Polipoli Trail

MODERATE 12 reviews

Polipoli Trail is a 4.1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Kula, 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.

4.1 miles
1,207 feet

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly




mountain biking

nature trips

off road driving

trail running




wild flowers



Directions from Kahului: Take Highway 37 past Pukalani to the second junction of Highway 377. Turn left on 377 for about 0.3 mile, then right on Waipoli Road. This becomes Polipoli Access Road at the first cattle guard and climbs up the mountain through a long series of switchbacks until it enters the forest at 6,400 elevation, where the pavement ends.

3 months ago

Use 4WD! We drove it in a car, and the potholes were very difficult to maneuver. Too risky without 4WD. We did the redwood and plum trails to make a full loop. There were several downed trees across the paths that required you to crawl over, under, or around. Be cautious because the ground is soft on the edges of the paths. It’s a touch climb back up the plum trail. Not for the faint of heart. I wore my heart monitor because I’m an avid runner and I track my rates, and I was in the red for many parts of the way up - had to take it very slow. Beautiful hike on a clear day, but I would not want to drive the dirt road if it rains.

4 months ago

Great hike and 4wd not required if you park before the sign that says it is and start from there. Just a lot of exceptional sections of forest and flowers. Nice and cool but don’t expect views of the ocean or island. Mostly different trees (including a section knocked down by wind). If you go to the forest cabin you can take the road back to your car, although that’s not so fun

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Drove all the way into the park. The signs said 4WD only but as long as you avoid the potholes it's fine. Walked the Plum Trail which was a complete loop. Very quiet, relaxing, and uncrowded hike.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

You are required to have a 4WD to get to the trailhead. Dang, wish I knew that before going up the windy road for 7 miles. The views were beautiful at the top. But would have been nice to go on the hike.

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