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Kailua Kona, Hawaii Map
2 days ago

Wonderful little loop. Lush and easy hike.

2 days ago

This was an easy hike perfect for a hot day. This cloudy forest (yes that's a legit type of forest) provided a cool, mostly shaded break from the sun and was filled with lush foliage and trees. We could hear lots of birds throughout the hike, as well as some cows and only saw 1 other hiker!

There were other trails in this area that aren't part of this trail and this trail doesn't have any signs so I would suggest using the Alltrails app map and record your hike.

To find the trailhead we searched Makahi St trailhead on Google maps. The trailhead is located at the very end of Makahi St on the right side (don't get mistaken with some other trailhead blocked by a fence that is near the end of the street). Almost immediately after starting the trailhead, you can either go straight or turn right; both are part of this loop, it's just a matter of which way around the loop you want to go. Keep going straight for a gradual uphill hike that will end with steep down hill, or turn right for steep uphill that will end with gradual downhill.

If you go straight, about 15 min into the hike you will meet a wire fence. You can turn right here , hike 0.3 miles, find a service road and retrace your tracks back got the main trail, or keep right to stay on the main trail. Turning left doesn't yield any new views to see on the trail, but if you want more time in the forest then do the extra 0.6 miles! If you turn right at the fence, after 5 min you will see the steep downhill on your right to go back to the start.

18 days ago

Fantastic hike/run! If you want a great workout, a chance to get away from the crowds and a spectacular view, this is the trail you want. It's uphill all the way to the top but it's gradual and it's Hawaii! I ran into some cows on the way up but they eventually moved off the road and let me pass. The sheep near the top were fun to watch run down the steep sides of the inner cone. I really loved this hike. I went early in the morning (7:00-gate opens at 6:00) and only saw one family on my way back (about a mile from where I parked my car.)

28 days ago

I see this hike is now marked as Moderate, which seems right. The climbing starts gently, on a paved road (closed to traffic), then switches to grass and gets steeper and steeper toward the top. One section of loose rock in the middle was hard to walk on, but it was only about a hundred yards long. Where the pavement changes to grass, in the area of the abandoned farm buildings, there are a few offshoot roads and no markings, but you can see a path following the contour of the hill up and around the back side and head for that.

To enter the park, you have to drive through a gate just off the highway. You'll need to get out and open the gate to let your car through, then close it again behind you. Then keep left to reach the trailhead and a substantial parking area .4 miles from the gate. I actually parked outside the gate and walked in because I was alone and the gate was a bit intimidating. If I went back again, I'd go ahead and drive in.

I went on a warm Sunday afternoon and only saw a few other hikers, but plenty of wild goats, a few cows and constant birdsong.