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Puu Laau Road

Hawaii > The Big Island > Mauna Kea
Summary
Length8.4 mi
Elev. Gain1760 ft
Difficulty3 / 5
Rating7 / 10
TypeView
The hike starts at a height of 5800 feet and climbs to 7500 feet before ending at an old hunting cabin. The area is home to many endangered Hawaiiaan birds and animals like the wild turkey, game birds, Moufflon sheep and wild pigs. It is also the home to the Hawaiian Palila.

Begin the trail from the parking lot beside the hunter check-in station and after trekking for about a quarter of a mile, you will reach an empty field which is enclosed by tall pines from three sides. From here starts the Palila zone that stretches up to 9000 feet. You can see many birds like the Pueo, wild turkey, pheasant, francolin and also the wild pigs and the Mouflon sheep.

While ascending, you will see the North Kohala Coast and the island of Maui to the west and a grassy cinder named Puu Ahumoa to the east. At 1.5 mile marked as R-15 the trail leads to the 7042-foot high peak. You will find cinder cones covering the Mauna Loa at many places. You will end the hike at an old hunting cabin. But at this point you will find the road splitting into two and making a 32 mile loop around the mountain which is also the turning point for Puu Laau Road hike. Now start descending to the starting point.
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Trailhead Location
GPS Coordinates:
19° 48.437' N
155° 37.828' W

Driving Directions:
Take Hwy.200 to reach Kilohana Hunter Check-In Station which is about 15 miles from Waimea from where the trail head begins.
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Weather Report for Kamuela, HI
Mostly cloudy in the evening then becoming partly cloudy. Isolated showers. Lows 51 to 75. Southeast winds 10 to 15 mph. Gusts up to 30 mph in the evening. Chance of rain 20 percent.
Currently
Temperature: 77.9° F
Relative Humidity: 66%
Pressure: 30.01"
Dew Point: 65.7° F

Winds from the ENE at 4.9 mph gusting to 6.0 mph

Precipitation
Last Hour: 0.00"
Today: 0.00"

Sunrise: 6:19 AM
Sunset: 5:54 PM
Weather reported from Kaupulehu, Kailua-Kona, HI (KHIKAILU25)
Forecast
Sunday
Sunny in the morning then becoming partly sunny. Scattered showers. Highs 71 to 87. Light winds becoming west around 10 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain 40 percent.
Sunday Night
Mostly cloudy with scattered showers in the evening, then partly cloudy with isolated showers after midnight. Haze through the night. Lows 53 to 76. Light winds. Chance of rain 40 percent.
Monday
Mostly sunny with isolated thunderstorms in the morning, then mostly cloudy with scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms in the afternoon. Haze through the day. Locally heavy rainfall possible in the afternoon. Highs 71 to 86. Light winds. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Monday Night
Mostly cloudy. Scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms in the evening, then showers likely and isolated thunderstorms after midnight. Haze through the night. Locally heavy rainfall possible. Lows 53 to 76. Light winds. Chance of rain 70 percent.
Weather information provided by Weather Underground. Current as of 10/22/2017 10:14 PM
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