Hiking The Piilani Trail
The 12th most popular hiking trail in Hawaii.
Friday 29 July 2016 03:30 GMT
East of Kahului in Wai Anapana State Park on Maui, the Piilani Trail is a 3 mile route along remote, low cliff coastal lava flows.
The state park is located at the end of WaiAnapana Road off Hana Highway (SR360) about 53 miles east of Kahului.
Here are some notes on adventuring in Hawaii. First, unlike mainland forests, the tropical island forests can grow very dense and can mask dropoffs. Plus, the trails can be very wet and slick most of the year (December to February is the main rainy season, but expect rain all year round). Stay on the trail to avoid disorientation. Second, speaking of disorientation, be aware that most Hawaiian topographic maps use the Old Hawaiian Datum. When trying to use the latitude/longitude from those maps with a GPS unit, you will think you are 0.4 miles south/southeast of where you really are. Kind of important in a dense jungle. Third, the bacteria Leptospirosis is found in the local waters and mud. It causes flu like symptoms within 2-20 days of contact, and can be fatal if not treated with antibiotics. Fourth, when hiking about, walking sticks can be very helpful for stablity in the slick conditions, for probing mud hole depths and clearing webs of the tiny crab spider.
Overall, Piilani Trail is the 12th most popular hiking trail of all 45 hikes in Hawaii. Several of the better hiking trails are nearby Piilani Trail including Sliding Sands, Mamane Trail, Kaupo Gap Trail, Hana-Waianapanapa Coast Trail, Pipiwai Trail and Iao Valley TrailPolipoli Loop.