Waihou Spring Trail

MODERATE 85 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
600 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

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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.

hiking
30 days ago

The lava caves at the end of this hike are amazing. A few can be easily reached and you can walk through, so bring some kind of flashlight and shoes you don't mind getting wet and muddy as the spring comes through the caves.

hiking
1 month ago

We had an interesting drive via Apple maps from Pā’ia to this trailhead. It took us down Ehu Road...don’t go this way. It’s a dead end, one lane road (but gorgeous and a very slow way to not get there). The trek to the lava tubes and I’m guessing the spring, was so muddy we couldn’t make it safely down the switchbacks and had to turn around. The walk thru the forest loop was lovely however and we were alone for most of it which was nice.

hiking
1 month ago

This trail has 2 personalities. Loop portion is nice and easy. The Spring portion is deceiving - 0.8 miles of switchbacks which we felt kicked our asses on the way up! There are parts that look like belong in fairyland. We were disappointed not to see the spring but marveled at the lava holes - I’ve never seen so many!.

2 months ago

wonderful trail, very relaxing.

2 months ago

We really liked the peace and quietness - it was lovely and cool. The switchback down to the springs was okay if you took it slowly. We had the trail to ourselves - thoroughly recommend

2 months ago

First part was easy, nice walk through the woods. If you want to get to Lava tubes, it’s harder.
Took 30 lb dog who loved it!

3 months ago

Decent but pretty normal forest, not palm nor rain forest, which is the reason we came to Maui.

hiking
5 months ago

We took our 30lb dog with us for this hike and we all had a great time. Took about 2 hours start to finish but we very much took our time. The last part of the trail before looping back is a steep zig-zag downhill to the “spring”. No water was flowing for us today but it was quite the gorge. Some locals even showed us these secret tunnels behind the rock face that give you quite the view of the little valley, though it was beyond the “trail ends here” danger signs and we were later informed that the rocks back there have been quite loose lately and tumble often.

hiking
7 months ago

Was out geocaching nearby and walked this trail. A little treacherous with a tree or fallen over the trail. The spring was running at a trickle but the smells and sounds of the forest were amazing.
Kinda reminded me of a forest found in a fairytale..pixie type forest.

hiking
10 months ago

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!

11 months ago

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.

hiking
Thursday, May 25, 2017

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.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Cute day hike and the caves are cool!

hiking
Sunday, January 15, 2017

Easy hike except the part down a very steep path that switches back to the springs. Not a lot of water in spring in January. Impressive cliff looking up from bottom of the path. As the elevation is higher in this hike, it is a bit cooler than at the beach. We found it just right to walk on a hike in this temperature.

walking
Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Relaxing walk in pine tree forest.

walking
Thursday, June 30, 2016

Beautiful walk through the forest of trees!!Easy walking for most of the hike. Moderate is an accurate rating for the hike in and around the loop. The switchbacks down to the lava tubes though need to be rated difficult. Steep decline down! We did not see a waterfall. Not sure if it was because water was low or we needed to explore somewhere else? Lava tubes were very cool but very treacherous to be climbing in and around.

Sunday, May 08, 2016

the officially mapped portion is in great easy shape. very wide. grades are not a problem. some tree roots and slick flat rocks to be aware of when wet. the switchbacks down to the bottom of the lava tube cliff face is narrow and slippery. the wet leaf debris from the trees actually offered more traction than rocks or roots. great sight at the bottom, even when no water is flowing.

hiking
Sunday, April 24, 2016

Interested in this hike! Anyone know of any avid hiking groups I may join in Maui?

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Very easy trail; good for young children too. Not sure it should be rated "Moderate".

walking
Sunday, March 20, 2016

This was a great first hike for our trip to Maui with the kids. We carried our 2y.o. And our 5y.o. Walked. Let me start by pointing out the crazy road to trailhead. It was super narrow with hair pin turns! We rented a Tahoe... Renting a Fiat next time. Finding the trail head was easy and parking was no problem since we got there early. At first glance we were kinda stumped at the tall pine trees lining the path. All the hiking we have done in Oahu and none look like this. Then for the next hour we walked (lots of exploring) it felt like we were in another world. Pretty cool experience! For the parents taking keiki- the loop is safe and well groomed. However the path down to the spring is for more experienced keiki hikers. We made it down half way and decided It was alil too muddy and slippery for us.

cross country skiing
Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Fun hike! Climbing up from the springs is strenuous especially if you're out of shape, but a great trail to start with.

hiking
Sunday, January 17, 2016

Easy hike. Very kid friendly. Was easy to find with the directions that are given through this app.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Great little hike! It was hard to believe that it was in Maui it seemed like a forest on the mainland. Must take the switchbacks down to the lava tubes!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

not much water

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Easy, beautiful and breezy.... Grab a stick if it's slickery....
Checkout the bird sanctuary and succulent farm...

hiking
Thursday, January 29, 2015

This is a nice easy loop trail. You don't have really any views , but it is a nice loop trail through a pine forest.
the trail downbto the stream is a bit more challenging and it is a good idea to use hiking sticks.

hiking
Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Most of the trail is pine forest. Well graded and fairly easy for family and kids. To get a more moderate work out take the side trail at the back of the loop trail sign to a small waterfall. Or take the Spring Trail down the gulch cliff to the actual Waihou spring. Now take the right river fork up stream to a large cascading fall. Of course it helps if it was recently raining... Be fore warned.. These off trail ventures are at your own risk. Falling trees and rocks can be hazardous in a gulch.

hiking
Sunday, November 03, 2013

There is no waterfall or lava tube here. Never crowded. Nice east loop.

hiking
Friday, September 27, 2013

Trailhead location is incorrect. Trail is up off Olinda road, but not at the reservoir that the trail marker shows. It is before and easy to spot on the right hand side of the road.

hiking
Sunday, February 19, 2012

Sorry wrong place. Easy hike to spring fun lava tubes old waterfall

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