Skyline Trail Hiking

Southeast of Kahului in Polipoli Spring State Recreation Area on Maui, the Skyline Trail is an 8 mile hike down from the crater summit in HNP. It starts on the south side of Science City just beyond the Puu Ulaula summit building. It follows a rift zone heading south down 3,800 feet from lava into redwood forest.

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.

MORE INFORMATION

Local Contact(s):  PS SRA (808) 984-8109; Maui Tourism (800) 525-MAUI; Hawaii Trail & Access System (808) 873-3508; Maui Weather (808) 877-5111 or 871-5054; Maui Hiking Safaris (808) 573-0168; Hike Maui Tours (808) 879-5270; Maui Eco-Adventures (808) 661-7720.

Recommended Book:  "Ultimate Maui Guidebook" from Andrew Doughty

Best Season:  Any

Base Camp:  Polipolis Spring SRA Campground and Cabins

Luxury Loding:  Kula Lodge, Kula (808) 878-1535

Breakfast Restaurant:  Da Kitchen Cafe, Kahului; Komodo Bakery, Makawao

Local Website:  click herehttp://dlnr.hawaii.gov/

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Date Updated:  7/18/2016

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