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Really nice place, the forest is amazing. The park is setup for both hikers and Mnt bikers, with separate trails. It has some skills area for learning mnt biking, and seen some dads taking their little kids out I figured to go and ride the skills areas. Wish we had that back home. The left fork was great. The right fork cris crossed other trails almost a ridiculous amount. Had absolutely no issue with bikes, and had a great hike.

The loop is super easy and looks to be popular with people living near by. The spur down to the spring is the part that makes it closer to moderate. A little steep overall but nothing difficult. The spring was a little disappointing but that could be due to the time of year. Was asked if the spring had any water on my return trip, so it does not flow all the time. It was a trickle for me. The loop itself is nice, a nice easy walk in a good forest.

hiking
1 month ago

Our first visit to the upcountry part of Maui - I can’t believe we waited so long. This is a beautiful forested hike where you remain under the canopy the entire time. I gave it 4 stars because we were hoping for some type of vista point. We did the 5.3 miles in just over two hours. The climb was ~ 1000 feet. We enjoyed visiting Makawao afterwards.

We really enjoyed this hike. Really nice and shady with lots of trees and some cool mushrooms. The hike is more like 6.5-7 miles. We started around 2 pm and it took us ~2.5 hours. There are many ways to make the hike shorter if you wish.

Super easy and short walk. The falls were closed when I went, but the loop is a nice way to get your heart rate up and blood pumping.

hiking
2 months ago

Lovely hike to do solo. It was empty enough to feel alone in nature, but coming across fellow hikers now and then was warmly welcomed. Amazing how the landscape can change so quickly...one minute you are walking upon what seems to be red clay and the next the earth was blanketed with long pine needles. A nice midday hike since it’s all shaded.

hiking
2 months ago

The initial loop is peaceful and easy. The trail to the springs is an unexpected beauty. If the weather is at all wet I can’t imagine trying to navigate the steep cut albeit gorgeous switchbacks.

2 months ago

Great trail. Be prepared for mud and plenty mountain bikers.

hiking
3 months ago

Loop is quick and easy. Side trail down to the springs and small caves is worth the hike.

good trail, gentle switch back. longer than it says. took a 3 month old puppy. he made it but was very tired.

This hike started out bad with an unsafe road to get to the trailhead. I'm talking about potholes and mountain pavement bumps that if I was actually driving faster than 15 mph, would have taken off a tire. then the trail itself... I went for the allure of the "spring and waterfall." Only to find instead, (after killing myself getting down a steep,slippery trail) that there is no spring and no waterfall. Only a bunch of creepy caves that reminded me of something out of an underground crypt. Then the rest of the hike-gave me the feeling of being in a scary movie. I didn't mention this to my husband thinking it was just me, but wasn't surprised when he brought it up towards the end of the trail all on his own. And wouldn't you Know it, he says not two minutes after the creepy vibe Conversation that "the lady in her fancy dress sketching" didn't help. Needless to say, I did not see the lady nor did I want to go back so he could "prove he Saw her." I do a lot of hiking, especially in forested areas, but this was a different Kind of vibe that I do not want to re-create.

Loved this trail, it was beautiful. Not difficult at all, some hilly points but easy to complete. Great to get steps in and your heart rate up.

trail running
5 months ago

Awesome trail! If you have ever visited the Pacific Northwest, this forest reserve feels very similar. It’s very shaded, so it felt cool the entire run.

I recommend decent trail running shoes, there was one area where I slipped for about two and a half feet on the way down.

I went early (7am), and I ran into very few people... until the last mile of my run.

I ran the west/east loop. The run is divided into two parts: the way UP and the way DOWN (the way down seemed way more fun lol.) I’m a runner, but I have been out of practice for about two years. There was a couple places on the way UP that I walked (not proud lol).. but the trail is actually really easy in hindsight.

Nice workout; you climb up; you climb down. Environment is constantly the same though. There’s trees, trees & trees. Bring your mountain bike, there are some extra trails if you go biking

trail running
5 months ago

My "home" trail. I try to get there as soon as gates open at 7. Dogs and I start out to the left. Fongs Ridge Road goes straight up kinda steep towards the end. Otherwise it is a nice go up through the different veg zones if you take the normal loop. Fongs joins the loop at the top, going straight through, you can run down the drier southern part of the loop with less concern of slipping. The invasive (but beautiful) torch ginger section is a treat at the halfway point.

trail running
6 months ago

Beautiful Trails!

hiking
6 months 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
7 months 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
7 months 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!.

wonderful trail, very relaxing.

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

hiking
8 months ago

About 5.86 miles from the parking lot, up to the loop and back. We took it clockwise and there were lots of switchbacks on our way up, more straightaways heading back down. We debated if we’d have preferred going the other direction. Really lovely shaded walk in the woods. Well-marked and the mountain bikers we encountered were all great at sharing the trail with hikers. Btw, “we” are a family of four with two teenagers. We aren’t in the best of shape and aren’t regular hikers, but we all enjoyed this trail!

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!

Nice hiking and awesome biking trails. Easy and well maintained.

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

hiking
10 months ago

Easy, not moderate, well marked hike on wide trail. Didn’t see any wildlife nor hear any birds. Went day after heavy rain & most of trail was not muddy. On trail, follow RED arrows for hiking and GREEN for biking.

trail running
10 months ago

Awesome trail run in a lovely shady forest. No views or anything crazy, just a well kept, run romp in the woods.

hiking
11 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.

trail running
11 months ago

Just finished another Spartan Tri-Fecta - this was the perfect course to start to regroup - not much elevation change but a good length - 6.2miles - very muddy and lots of roots - staying on course is a little tricky because the mountain bike trail zig zags through the running trail - don't follow the All Trails map to get there. Read the street signs - be sure to stop the Holy Rosary Catholic church on the way -
beautiful and peaceful -

hiking
Tuesday, October 31, 2017

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.

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