Hilo

191 reviews

The first part of the trail from the parking area to the intersection with the power line road is my favorite trail on this road. It meanders through several kipukas where you can see several endemic species of birds. The kipukas also provide shade and a magical experience as you walk through the old Koa and o’hia forests. You also walk through a few meadows. Nice! Once you get to the powerline road the shade is limited and the surface you are walking on is somewhat rocky. The worst part is the last .8 mile—the trail follows the busy highway with cars speeding by at 70 mph. Unnerving! I suggest you turn back at the powerline road and walk the forested path back the way you came.