Hiking The Polipoli Loop

The 38th most popular hiking trail in Hawaii.

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Southeast of Kahului in Polipoli Spring State Recreation Area on Maui, the Polipoli Loop is an easy 5 mike hike. It combines 3 trails: Haleakala Ridge Trail, Plum Trail and Redwood Trail. To reach the trailhead, follow SR37 (Haleakala Highway) to Keokea. Turn right on SR337 for 0.5 miles. Turn on Waipoli Road heading up for 10 miles. Look for well marked trailhead parking area near campground.

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, Polipoli Loop is the 38th most popular hiking trail of all 45 hikes in Hawaii. Several of the better hiking trails are nearby Polipoli Loop including Mamane Trail, Piilani Trail, Sliding Sands, Kaupo Gap Trail, Skyline Trail, Hana-Waianapanapa Coast Trail, Waihee Valley Ridge Trail, .


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

Reference Source:  click here http://dlnr.hawaii.gov/

Date Published:  1/2/2016

Date Updated:  7/8/2016

ID:  18523


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