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Waikamoi Forest Ridge Trail

Hawaii > Maui > Hana
Summary
Length0.8 mi
Elev. Gain200 ft
Difficulty1 / 5
Rating7 / 10
TypeView
Trek this short nature walk along the Hana Highway and pass through bamboo and fern forest to enjoy a view of the Keanae Peninsula.

Start the trail from the parking lot and enter a forest of Paperbark trees, towering Mahogany trees, Taro vines and the beautiful Bird-of-Paradise plants and gently descend into a forest of Kukui trees. The trail then makes you ascend on artificial steps till you reach the first lookout with a stone bench. You could see the mountain range of the Keanae Peninsula from here.

Turn right and follow the trail as it climbs into the wood with Pala'a ferns at the side of the trail. Continue walking into the dense forest of bamboo trees and Awapuhi ginger plants. Again, turn right and walk along the way till you find prompt paths to the right leading to the ocean and valley.

The trail ends at an open picnic area that sits at a height of 875 feet. Now retrace your steps back to the first lookout. The trail loops left to an unnamed junction but you need to stay to the right where the trail descends to two small exists with benches to sit. Head down through the bamboo forest and within few steps you are back at where you have started.
Users
Hikers, Dogs

Best time to go
September to early December

Cost
None

Maps
No suggestions
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Trailhead Location
GPS Coordinates:
20° 52.521' N
156° 11.19' W

Driving Directions:
You need to take the Hana Highway South and after passing the mile marker 9 which is a few hundred yards, you will reach the trail head. The parking lot is on the right of the trail head.
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Weather Report for Makawao, HI
Occasional showers and slight chance of thunderstorms. Haze. Locally heavy rainfall possible. Highs around 72 at the shore to around 58 at 5000 feet. Northwest winds around 10 mph shifting to the northeast early in the afternoon, then becoming light late in the afternoon. Chance of rain near 100 percent.
Currently
Temperature: 65.0° F
Relative Humidity: 97%
Pressure: 29.84"
Dew Point: 64.1° F

Winds from the South at 1.0 mph gusting to 1.0 mph

Precipitation
Last Hour: 0.16"
Today: 0.81"

Sunrise: 5:54 AM
Sunset: 6:49 PM
Weather reported from Maui Meadows, Kihei, HI (KHIKIHEI9)
Forecast
Tonight
Cloudy with showers likely and slight chance of thunderstorms. Haze. Lows around 66 at the shore to around 48 at 5000 feet. Southeast winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 70 percent.
Monday
Mostly cloudy with showers likely and slight chance of thunderstorms. Haze. Highs around 80 at the shore to around 66 at 5000 feet. Southeast winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 60 percent.
Monday Night
Mostly cloudy with scattered showers and slight chance of thunderstorms. Haze. Lows 49 to 72. Southeast winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Tuesday
Mostly cloudy with showers likely. Haze. Highs 64 to 85. East winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain 60 percent.
Weather information provided by Weather Underground. Current as of 4/30/2017 4:52 AM
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