Makawao Forest Reserve Trail
The Makawao forest is one of the most beautiful forests in Maui that is publicly accessible to bikes. The Kahakapao Loop Recreational Area was recently redesigned by a collaboration between the State of Hawaii, IMBA and the Maui Mountain Bike Coalition. This collaboration resulted in a well designed, six plus mile loop that has something for everyone, from kids to adults, from beginner to advanced. There is a kid’s track, pump track, DH flow line, an advanced skills area and a cross country loop. When the beaches get too hot, cool off by riding a bike under the fragrant eucalyptus trees of the Makawao forest.
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DIRECTIONS AND TERRAIN:
Take Haleakala Highway (HWY 37) up the mountain, turn left onto Makawao Ave (HWY 365). Go through Makawao town and turn right onto Piiholo Rd (at the cemetary). Take first left onto Waiahiwi Rd which turns into Kahakapao Rd. Makawao Forest Reserve is located at the end of Kahakapao Rd. From the forest gravel parking lot, up the Kahakapao Trail and around the loop is six miles in distance with an elevation gain of approximately 1000 ft.Makawao forest is open from 7 am to 7 pm all year long.All mountain bikers must yield to hikers and equestrians on the trail. Remember to respect all trail users!
CRATER CYCLES TIPS:
- Weather: Ride only on this trail when it is dry.
- Bikes: We recommend a Giant Trance 27.5, downhill or 6″ travel bike for this trip. However, it can be done on smaller travel bikes.
- Gear: Helmet, gloves and a light rain jacket, it is on the north shore side and can be wet.
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* For further information about mountain biking trails and mtb activities on Maui please visit the Maui Mountain Bike Coalition. Makawao Forest Reserve is managed by the Department Of Land and Natural Resources, State of Hawaii.