Waihou Spring Trail

MODERATE 63 reviews

Waihou Spring Trail is a 1.8 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Makawao, Hawaii that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
1.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
715 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

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river

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Moderate trail that is part of the Na Ala Hele state trail system. Easy loop through pine forests. Lower spring trail is generally steep through a series of switch backs. Can be slippery after rain. Waihou Spring is accessible at the end of the trail. Lava tubes and waterfalls as the prize. Trail follows the Waihou Springs State Forest Reserve tree plantation road. After making a loop around the upper section, the trail follows a ridgeline to an overlook and returns the same route. Monterey cypress and eucalyptus trees can be seen, as well as the native tree species alaa, halapepe, and koa. The trail ends on a ridge top offering scattered views of the Central Valley. Traverse down the cliff edge via the Spring Trail. This takes you to Waihou Spring for views of small lava tubes and waterfalls.

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Great hike, beautiful trees, very quiet. Trying to find the trail head is a bit of a challenge, but its a great, twisty, scenic drive to get there. Lately there have been break ins, a sign said, so don't leave your valuables in your vehicle. There is an off shoot to the stream which is hard to get to, very steep in points, cliffs, etc. but if you make to the bottom there are amazing, caves to see coming out of the cliffs, very cool!

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Very scenic and quiet. The smell of pine was everywhere and a good 20° cooler than our home in Kihei. All in all a nice hike.

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We drove from Kihei so it wasn't totally worth the drive. Very scenic and eerily quiet, but much more scenic spots on the island. We hiked all the way down to the bottom of the springs which are dried up. Up and down to the lower spring and cave are the most strenuous part of the hike. Still can't believe how quiet it is.

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