Explore the most popular kid friendly 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.

1pm all clouds, go in the morning.

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.

2 months ago

Absolutely loved the views in this short hike high above the clouds. What a thrill!

Awesome views of the area, a must to take the short hike up for all sides panoramic.

Plan for the altitude change by hydrating as this short hike could tax you if elevation causes any issues.

on Pa Ka'oao Trail

3 months ago

Short walk to an overlook. Cool view of the weather is on your side. We had high winds but it was worth it to get out of the car on the way up to the summit. Easy walk.

Great hike for people looking to go to the crater floor. We opted to turn back where the trail splits into a loop, which made the total hike 7.8 miles. This was a good alternative to 11-12 miles. The descent and ascent are gradual and the biggest obstacle is the weather. When I hiked it in late April the weather changed every few minutes from cloudy to windy to misty to downpour. Come prepared. There are no services along the trail. That said, weather permitting, there can be same great views of the barren landscape.

3 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.

Waaaay more difficult than moderate. Bring waterproof layers and lots of water. Tough hike but worth it!

4 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.

Amazing views. My wife and I loved the ability to make your own hike with the out and back trail. We felt like we were on Mars! Definitely recommend this. Be sure to bring plenty of water if you plan on going further. We opted for a 10 mile hike.

6 months ago

This is a very short walk to a lookout point of the crater. Be aware that the high altitude can make you feel winded. We went in the afternoon on a clear and sunny day, and the views were spectacular. The landscape looks like you are on the moon! If I were to return, I would love to try the Sliding Sands Trail for more of a challenge.

This is a great hike! Be prepared though because it is cold and your hike starts with a 2700' decent to the crater floor at the about 10,000 altitude so the air is thin. Give yourself plenty of time and bring adequate water and snacks. The hike back up can be very strenuous but it is worth the effort!

Great views on a short, easy hike. Completed it in December (end) and temps were perfect...light jacket or t-shirt were fine.

One of the most environmentally stunning hikes you can do on earth! You feel like you’re on mars, truly, with colours ranging from oranges, blues, purples and pinks mixed with charcoal black underfoot. Descending into the hike is easy...but remember what goes down must come back up and hiking back to the trail head close to 3000 feet is a real bun burner! It’s cold to start because you’re already at 10,000 feet altitude by the time you take your first step so dress in layers that can be gradually taken off, bring water & a few snacks. Not hard per se but just an extra effort to get back up the steady ascent. We’re going back in a few days to take more photos because it’s too good not too! Enjoy!

This trail is just AMAZING ! I hiked a lot around the the world , but this trail is the best I have ever done! It was crazy, you have the feeling that you are on the planet Mars!
It was a long hike, 14 miles, and it took me 6,5 hours to do it (with a break of 30 mn). You have to be well-equipped and bring a lot of water (at least 4 liters) and energetic bars because you will need them to go up...
Just do it and enjoy this incredible experience!

Short trail to the lookout. Weather was not on our side today but still enjoyed the leg stretch and the glimpse of what was to come.

Magnifique! A ne manquer sous aucun prétexte.
Facile d’un point de vue technique, mais difficile par la longueur.

That was not a moderate trail and I agree with the previous comment that it was closer to 15 miles. Do not do this trail if you are not experienced, don't have enough water or food, sunscreen, layers and a lot of heart and determination! This was one of the most difficult hikes. It was deceiving going down sliding sands but remember you have to go back up! Oh ya don't wear sneakers! You will really be hurting. And you'll also get dirty. This trip was very secluded and felt like I was on another planet. The old craters like pu u pele is a beautiful sight to see.

While driving up it began to pour. Unfortunately we didn't have any views. Trail is extremely short and a bit boring. May try again when it's clear.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Make sure to walk around the bend for a view of the crater. Awesome!

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Dude. This trail is NOT 12.6 miles long. It's around 15 with the whole loop and back up the mountain. Round trip took my friend and me 7 hours. Luckily it wasn't too hot down in the crater, but plenty of sun. Be sure to bring sunscreen and lots of water! If you're looking for views, I'd recommend just hiking a couple miles down the mountain and back. The whole loop is HARD not moderate. If do take the loop and go clockwise, there's a pretty cool lava tube that you can see, but that was the highlight of the loop. Lots and lots of sand and rocks.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Sunday, July 02, 2017

If you ever have the chance to hike this or even part of this trail, you must! It's definitely one of the most memorable trails I've hiked. If you're an experienced hiker, hike as much of this trail as you have time to hike. If you're not an experienced hiker, at least hike a mile in to experience the trail and take in the amazing views. Wear layers! The elevation will make for a chilly start. It's such an easy hike in, you may forget about the elevation gain on the hike out...it's not an easy hike out, but totally worth it.

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Friday, June 30, 2017

Easy. Fun.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

So beautiful!!!! We hiked down to the crater floor and also around the rim of the first crater. We then drove up for the sunset which was amazing! The hike back up is pretty rough, but checking out the view when taking breaks makes it worth the trip.

There are a number of short, unnamed trails worth exploring once you get down into the crater. The whole crater is great to explore as a long day hike or starting from the Holea campsite.

This is mislabeled as Easy; some people struggle to get back up to the summit. It's almost 3,000 ft gain in 3 miles.
There are a number of short, unnamed trails worth exploring once you get down into the crater. The whole crater is great to explore as a long day hike or starting from the Holea campsite.

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.

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