Haleakalā Ridge Trail

Trail in Kula Forest Reserve

Overview

  • Directions

    Geolocation is not allowed
  • Distance

    0.89 miles

Description

Trail starts above Polipoli Springs State Park on the Skyline switchback at 6,500' elevation and works down the crest of the southwest rift of Haleakala to the Plum Trail junction at the lower forest reserve boundary at 5,600' elevation. Spectacular views extend in all directions. The trail passes alternatively through rough cinders, native scrub brush, grassy swales and a planted forest of pines, eucalyptus and other tree species. The trail joins the end of the Polipoli Trail leading back to the park 0.3 mile from the top. The trail joins the Plum Trail. Wear bright clothing. Be aware that you may encounter hunters who are hunting off the trail. Stay on trail.

The Plum, Redwood, Haleakalā Ridge and Polipoli Trails form a loop trail worth hiking (5.3 miles).

Allowed Activities
Hiking
Rifle Hunting
Rules & Regulation
No Biking
Allowed Access
Pedestrians

Additional Information

Features

  • Nature Study
  • Open Views
  • Scenic Viewpoint

Hazards

  • Hunting Area

Terrain and Trail Environments

Mountain forests, elevated climbs

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.

Amenities

  • Shelter

Activities

  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Pedestrian

Prohibited

  • No Bicycles

Directions

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, where the pavement ends.

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

Special Conditions

Bicycles are not allowed on Plum, Haleakala Ridge, Polipoli, or Tie Trails. 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. Downloadable resources are provided below