Pololu Trail

MODERATE 103 reviews

Pololu Trail is a 0.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Kapaau, 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.

DISTANCE
0.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
351 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

beach

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

rocky

From scenic overlook, hike down steep rocky trail to beautiful black sand and rocky beach with views of the Hamakua coast. Waipio is the southeastern most of the Hamakua coasts dramatic stream valleys. Pololu is the northwestern most of those valleys. It is drier than Waipio and lacks waterfalls, but it is lovely in its own way. Pololu Valley Trail, from the lookout down to the valley takes less than 30 mins to walk. Its steep but not overly strenuous and you will be rewarded with lovely vistas. Trail is slippery when wet and is rocky or packed clay. Note ancient cobble stones still embedded in sections of the trail. Caution, as high surf, undertow, and rip tides occur in the ocean here. Coming back uphill is easier (no loose rocks). The black sand beach fronting the valley stretches for 900 yards and makes for an enjoyable stroll.

hiking
35 minutes ago

Awesome hike, first part was a bit slippery, highly recommend taking trekking pole or grabbing one of the wooden ones at the start of the trailhead. Don't give up halfway! The first half is the hardest leg of the trek. Also, it is longer than .5 miles down it's about 1.3 miles round trip, not including the beach and hills. If you get to the bottom, don't forget to walk up the hills to get a breath taking view of the valley and a waterfall in the background, you won't regret it! A must do if you have the time!

hiking
10 days ago

I’m just gonna be honest here, I don’t think kids under the age of 8 should be on this hike unless they are well seasoned in hiking. I saw “kid friendly” up there thinking I could take my children on this trail and I have to disagree with the “kid friendly”. That is unless you want to have a mini heart attack every time your kid slips on the rocks. It gets super slippery and muddy after the rains and you can see from the terrain that it’s like this a lot. The hike itself is rocky and muddy all the way down but not too hard to do. Once you are down on the beach you will be rewarded with an amazing scene right of the movies. Will definitely be hiking this every time we visit the island.

hiking
10 days ago

Incredible view of valleys and waterfalls at the bottom. Was muddy & a little slippery going down and back up ...had to take breaks.

16 days ago

Great views and well maintained trail. We had heavy rain on the way back and it didn’t slow things down; plenty of traction.

23 days ago

A big Island must as the views are spectacular! You can keep going across the beach, back up the second shelf and beyond, but it's definitely a workout!

24 days ago

Stunning!

24 days ago

Unbelievable views and black sand beach was incredible.

hiking
24 days ago

Pas vraiment une rando. C’est juste une descente à la plage, mais c’est qu’il frit remonter

24 days ago

We followed the trail to the nest valley and it was amazing

25 days ago

It was great. It is hard but worth the view.

1 month ago

I could see how it may be slick if wet, otherwise a fairly easy hike. Almost like stairs for the whole trail. Scenery was amazing a good hike for kids as it is short.

1 month ago

Breathtaking! A bit of a slope but definitely doable. Use a hiking stick on the way down if you are not used to relatively steep inclines as when it rains it gets a bit slippery.

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1 month ago

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hiking
2 months ago

More easy then moderate. You'll see a lot of people go for a quick jog with some equipment on. Great views and the black-sand beach is awesome. Watch out for the waves in the water, there is some serious undertow. A lot of the area around the beach is private property. So if you decide to go on the swings and other things like that, you are essentially trespassing.

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3 months ago

Just great! Fine black sand beach and spectacular view! A must

3 months ago

Such a great quick hike. Semi-challenging in wet conditions but spectacular views. I'd highly recommend!