Waiakoa Loop Trail

Trail in Kaonoulu Ranch Cooperative Game Management Area


  • Directions

    Geolocation is not allowed
  • Distance

    2.43 miles


Trail begins at the hunter's check-in station on Waipoli Road near the top of the switchbacks. The 4-wheel drive road travels 0.75 mile on the contour to a gate where the trail starts. The trail travels north on the contour for 1 mile, switch backs down 400' elevation, turns back south above the forest boundary and then switch backs up 500' elevation to the starting point. The vegetation is mostly native scrub and grass, with some planted pines near the gate and extensive black wattle in the lower portion. Wear bright clothing. Be aware that you may encounter hunters who are hunting off the trail. Stay on trail.

Allowed Activities
Road Biking
Mountain Biking
Rules & Regulation
Stay On Trail
Dogs On Leash
Allowed Access

Additional Information


  • Bicycle
  • Pedestrian


From Kahului, take Highway 37 past Pukalani to the second junction of Highway 377. Turn left on 377 for about 0.3 mile, then right on Waipoli Road. The road travels through the first cattle guard and climbs up the mountain through a long series of switchbacks until it enters the forest at 6,400' elevation.

Dog Owners

Hunting may be in progress on or near this hiking trail. Hunting dogs may be off-leash while engaged in the hunt. Hikers must keep their dogs leashed at all times and remove dog waste while on this trail.


  • Open Views

Mountain Bikers

Always yield to hikers. Do not slide around corners or slide down the trail. Careless mountain biking damages the trail and causes erosion. If accidents are reported or damage to the trail is extreme, the trail may be closed to mountain bikers. This trail is not an easy mountain bike trail.

Special Conditions

The Waiakoa Loop Trail will be closed from October 5, 2015 until November 7, 2015 for maintenance work. For our staff and your own protection, please stay off this trail!

Road from the hunter's check in station is 4-wheel drive only and may be impassable. It is suggested that you park below the check in station.

Do not use any trail or access road that is not delineated by name and color and that may also be displayed on these maps. The marked features are managed for public recreational use. Other trails or roads that branch off from the public features may be on private property, and are not managed for any public recreational use. Access is subject to adjacent landowner approval, and if used without authorization, you will be trespassing and possibly putting yourself at risk.


  • Hunting Area

Terrain and Trail Environment

Forested slopes; elevated climbs

Simple Trail Tips

  1. Stay on the trail.
  2. Check the weather
  3. Watch the time
  4. Avoid undue risk
  5. Read all posted signs
  6. Respect other trail users
  7. Pack out at least what you pack in