Pololu Trail

MODERATE 71 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
433 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
10 days ago

My favorite hike on the Big Island. Once you reach the bottom of the trail, you are rewarded with a beautiful valley, a black sand beach, and a great shoreline.

hiking
13 days ago

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hiking
26 days ago

Beautiful trail and black sand beach. Well worth the effort. Make sure to hike through the woods and catch the views of the valley as well!

1 month ago

short and checks all the boxes. view, established trail, and parking. Beach, cliffs, and Valley views.

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hiking
2 months ago

This is not to be missed. Great views, sunny or cloudy. We had the benefit of a dry trail for easier going and rough surf for more interesting views. As others have mentioned, recommend good shoes with traction and poles. Enjoy more of the beach area than the map shows.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful hike down to valley with trees, stream, beach. Not too difficult going down but can get pretty hot and strenuous going back up. Super slick if it is raining. Walking sticks are left at the trailhead, so that is nice. Absolutely amazing views of the cliffs and the ocean.

hiking
2 months ago

walking
2 months ago

This is a wonderful hike with superb views; we've done it several times over the years. Sadly, it's been adversely impacted by the humans. Trash everywhere - both from the sea and from the idiots who don't pack out. Every year it gets worse.

Remember to take insect repellent.

hiking
2 months ago

Phenomenal! Completely worth it, decent traffic but unbelievable views and some great little trails at the bottom. A lovely drive in, with some super cool places to stop and get food or little souvenirs on your way out of town.

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3 months ago

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3 months ago

Great views all the way from top to bottom. Steep back up but not too bad since it's covered partly.

4 months ago