Explore the most popular forest trails near Kula with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
13 days ago

Beautiful area, and not overly difficult. We saw no other people or wild pigs on the trail. I would recommend bug spray and at least one trekking pole as there were loose rocks and a few slippery areas. Park at the hunting shack and walk in .7 to trailhead. Good for families.

This was a great trail! Shade, cool, ups and downs, loop, no wind. Loved it. Recommend going clockwise. Agree with others in parking by the 4WD sign - walk 0.7 miles till the start of the loop. I used my apple watch to gps the hike and it gave me 4.4 miles from that 4WD sign round trip, not 3.5. The loop itself is about 3.0 miles.

Lots of shade. Sometimes enveloped in fog. Rather than out and back, you can continue on to junction with Waiohuli trail and take that trail back to Waipoli Road then walk back to your car at Boundary trailhead.

on Waiakoa Loop Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Had an awesome time. Hike itself was not bad at all. Scenery is very beautiful. It was relatively rainy today and added to feel almost like hiking through a rainforest of some sort. Ran into one group, otherwise it was just my family and I. It was at times pretty muddy, definitely bring some good shoes or hiking boots. I definitely wouldn't recommend trying to drive through the 4wd only section. We thankfully decided against it and hiked through. Absolutely no way anything except a lifted heavy duty off roading vehicle is getting through that. I would recommend the hike to anyone. My mom doesn't hike much at all and was able to make it through just fine.

One of the highlights of our visit to the national park. We visited with the intention of going on a long hike and the wind was so awful at the summit that we couldn’t do it SO we stopped by this little loop trail on our drive out. Happy we did! A wonderful short little jaunt thru a gorgeous forest full of quiet, nothing but trees and birds chirping and nice signage describing birds and trees in the area. There are two viewing spots with big metal fixed binoculars to look thru and check out the birds (or whatever). Super easy stroll and nice setting.

Park and jaunt.

hiking
2 months ago

We parked at the top prior to the 4wd sign. Good thing, that road wouldn’t have been passable without a lifted 4wd vehicle. It was completely rutted out in places and would have been a struggle in a basic 4wd vehicle.

The hike was great but we mistakenly did it counter clockwise and I swear it felt like the whole thing was uphill. We had the whole trail to ourselves, didn’t run into a single soul. No rain and a perfect cool day with light jackets. We saw goats and piglets which were adorable but we didn’t want to run into mama hog (or mistakenly separate her from her piglets) so we barked like dogs to scare them all off.

The trees were stunning, birds were chirping, and the trail was in good shape which other than the uphill factor, didn’t require too much effort to traverse. We did not locate the “cave” which was on the map/sign at the trailhead.

hiking
2 months ago

Use 4WD! We drove it in a car, and the potholes were very difficult to maneuver. Too risky without 4WD. We did the redwood and plum trails to make a full loop. There were several downed trees across the paths that required you to crawl over, under, or around. Be cautious because the ground is soft on the edges of the paths. It’s a touch climb back up the plum trail. Not for the faint of heart. I wore my heart monitor because I’m an avid runner and I track my rates, and I was in the red for many parts of the way up - had to take it very slow. Beautiful hike on a clear day, but I would not want to drive the dirt road if it rains.

3 months ago

Great hike and 4wd not required if you park before the sign that says it is and start from there. Just a lot of exceptional sections of forest and flowers. Nice and cool but don’t expect views of the ocean or island. Mostly different trees (including a section knocked down by wind). If you go to the forest cabin you can take the road back to your car, although that’s not so fun

Paved surface up to the last 4 miles. At the last 3.3 miles, you will see a cattle gate with a warning not to proceed. Only 4 wheel drive vehicles allowed. Violators will be fined. We parked here in our rental van and proceeded to walk. A friendly couple in a pickup truck asked us to join them to the trailhead. Stay to the right at the Polipoli State Forest sign and go downhill maybe .5 mile or more to the campground. Follow the sign to the Ranger Cabin. The woods were lovely, dark and deep but knowing we had to hike back to the van, we turned around before reaching the redwoods. Awww shucks. We enjoyed the hike none the less! Take a four wheel drive vehicle next time.

trail running
5 months ago

Easy light run

You can eat lunch at the picnic tables and then go for a walk in the grove. The fragrances from the trees are fantastic - eucalyptus, peppermint, etc. It was really beautiful!

On a drippy day on Haleakala, this trail was the highlight of the park, especially after the horizontal sleet at the summit and the cloud obscured overlooks. We had the place to ourselves and had time to marvel at the enormous trees spiraling towards the sky. The fragrances of this forest were fantastic as were the sounds - unfamiliar birds, wind, and quiet. This was an easy walk.

Beautiful trail. I would rate this trail "Easy" vs "Moderate." Many different types of trees and plant-life to see. The smells are wonderful! If this trail wasn't located right after the $25 toll booth, I would go daily for a quick after work hike.

hiking
Saturday, June 17, 2017

Drove all the way into the park. The signs said 4WD only but as long as you avoid the potholes it's fine. Walked the Plum Trail which was a complete loop. Very quiet, relaxing, and uncrowded hike.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Good for birding

Monday, April 17, 2017

Took us slightly more than 2 hours, with a 9 year old kid, the road to go there is a bit edgy, but ok, we did the loop counter clock wise, actually coming back by car the view is very nice. Pedestrian traffic was minimum when we did it.

Short trail through amazing cedars and eucalyptus peppermint trees that smell GREAT

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Short and sweet but there lawless to some nice longer trails around here

hiking
Saturday, January 28, 2017

Great trail. The 1km walk in on the 4w only road was no big deal at all. We did the loop counter clockwise to make the the traverse of the mountainside at the far end of the loop a downhill hike. There's 1 sitting bench along the trail, just before making the downhill trek.
Wonderful towering eucalyptus trees & majestic old growth pine trees.
The songbirds in the trees made a great chorus as we walked along.
Saw some ferrule goats but no wild pigs.
We'd watched the Kula weather forecast and began hike about 10am. It was cool but quite pleasant with a long sleeved shirt. The clouds started forming later in the morning.
Made the loop in 2+hrs with a stop for lunch along the way.
Will definitely come back and do this hike again

hiking
Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Beautiful trail through a small patch of cedar and eucalyptus trees. Lots of birds!

hiking
Tuesday, November 08, 2016

I did this today and it was a beautiful day. The forest is beautiful and the hiking is easily done. The four wheel drive is necessary to get down to the start. Overall a good hike today.

hiking
Sunday, November 06, 2016

Great hike. We had to walk to the trail itself as you need a 4x4 to drive to it. It took us 2 hours for a round trip. You can go for a much longer hike from the same direction, you'll see a map before starting the trail. We did just a loop and it was nice. No real breathtaking views (hence 3 stars), but the forest itself is beautiful. Loved the smell of eucalyptus and wild lilikoi. Google directions took us to the wrong place, you need to stop once you see a hunters hut on the left side of the road and there will be a gate toward the hike, you can drive through the gate if you have 4x4.

on Waiakoa Loop Trail

hiking
Sunday, July 03, 2016

Nice overall hike. We drove up to the hunting hut checkin point. You can park directly below the hut off the road. You need to walk in 0.8 miles along the dirt road before you reach the actual trail head. If you have 4 wheel drive, you can drive to trail head.

It's a loop trail so read the sign/map to ensure you know where you're heading. Take a picture of the map at the trailhead to ensure you know which trail to take. The north fork splits after a short distance in, but it's not clearly marked. This is where the map helped.

The trail is in kula which is higher in elevation. Give yourself time to walk slower, bring water, and an extra shirt or layer in case it gets cold. The hike is mostly under a canopy.

The overall trail is easy to moderate. There is some elevation gain and loss, but not strenuous. The Trail relatively well maintained.

We went during pig hunting season. It unnerved me a bit to know there might be hunters in the area. But stay on the trail and you should be fine.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

You are required to have a 4WD to get to the trailhead. Dang, wish I knew that before going up the windy road for 7 miles. The views were beautiful at the top. But would have been nice to go on the hike.

hiking
Friday, October 30, 2015

Small, easy, but beautiful trail in upcountry Maui. You can smell the different eucalyptus trees (including a peppermint eucalyptus tree!).

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Overall, good moderate hike. This is actually a 2.8 mile loop. Not 6 miles like the description says. The trails aren't marked well as you get deeper in, so you need to pay attention. We almost went off the trail at two spots on the North end where the trail starts to descend. You'll also need to be prepared to go around/over downed trees.

camping
Saturday, October 06, 2012

The Trail is really just a small loop. You can't get really far into the woods without carving your own trail. The main purpose of hosmer's grove is camping, which there is plenty all the time.

hiking
Wednesday, February 22, 2012

We started this three mike loop at the hunter sign in station, well marked and other than the one pig and one cow we had the trail o ourselves.

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