LGBT & Friends Hiking Group – February 2018

Posted by on Jan 14, 2018

Saturday February 10, 2018 8:30 AM

Aloha Maui Hikers-

We hope you will be able to join us as we hike Makawao Forest Preserve, Kahakapao Loop Trail on Saturday, February 10th

(Hike with us in the morning and then keep the fun going all afternoon on our Annual “Whale”abration LGBT whale watching cruise!)

makawao-forest-preserveQuick Forest Reserve History:
The Forest Reserve was once the subject of a timber experiment in which many different kinds of trees from the US and various other countries were planted there. The objective was to find out if any of these species would thrive enough to be consistently harvested in this moist, high elevation environment. Although many non-native trees were introduced to the island for the sake of this experiment, some native species can still be found there, including the well-known ohia lehua tree that provides nectar for native honeycreepers.

  • Trails are marked every mile clockwise (East to West Loop)
  • You can take on multiple trails in the area, but the main one is marked with aluminum arrows stamped to the trees for the East/West Loop.
  • Signs are marked at forks to delineate.
  • Picnic tables are on the West Loop Side
  • Mountain Biking and Running happen on this route, so when it rains the path can get slick.

Where: Makawao/Piiholo/Olinda Area, Maui
Length: 5.5+/- Miles
Hiking Time: 3 hours
Difficulty Level: 3.75 of 5 (5 being most difficult)
Elevation Gain: 800+/- ft
Parking: Yes
Security: No

We will meet at 8:30 at the Starbucks Parking Lot (near the OLD Lowe’s) on Dairy Road to carpool.
We will leave the parking area by 8:45 – please text or call if you are running late (808.870.2564).
If you want to meet at the Trailhead, the directions are below:

From Airport in Kahului, turn right on Hana Highway (Hwy. 36) and continue driving north until the next intersection, where you will turn right onto Haleakala Highway (Hwy. 37) up toward Haleakala. Turn left on Makawao Avenue (Hwy. 365). Once in Makawao, continue east through main intersection (4-way stop signs) on Makawao Ave. for .02 miles. Turn right on Piiholo Road immediately past St. Joseph’s Church and Cemetery. Continue on Piiholo Road for 1.5 miles then turn left on Waiahiwi Road, which is the first paved left. Follow Waiahiwi Road till you see Kahakapao Road on right side going mauka (mountain). Follow the road to a gate indicating the hours it will be open (7-7). Proceed inside, there will be “inverted” speed bumps, TAKE NOTE: It may not look like cars can make it, but they can, just take it slow. Follow road and keep going up till you see a huge gravel parking lot on right, turn in and park. Cross through the Yellow gate at the end of the Lot and follow the warmup trail to the “East/West Loop” Sign.

2018 Hike Plan (this calendar may change as we find new adventures!)
January 13 Lower Waikamoi Trail
February 10 Makawao Forest Reserve Hike
March 10 13 Crossings Hike
April 14 La Perouse Bay Hike
May 12 Waihe’e Ridge Trail
June 19 Oluwalu Cultural Reserve Stream Hike
July 14 Poli Poli Forest Trails
August 11 Iao Table Lands Trail
September 8 Kapalua Coastal Trail
October 6 Special Pride Hike: The Pali Hike (The Wind Turbines Hike)
October 13 Waihou Springs
November 11 Kahakuloa Ridge Hike or Halemau’u (The Switch backs)
December 8 Waihe’e Coastal Land Trust Hike & Holiday Lunch

This is an unsponsored hike.
Each hiker accepts responsibility for their own safety by participating in the hike.

We hope to see you Hiking!

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