2.3 miles
928 ft
-107 ft
Avg time


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    AM, XC
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    Both Directions
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  • Land Manager
    DLNR’s Division of Forestry and Wildlife

Kahakapao East Loop Trail. This trail has the added level of difficulty of roots, tight switchback corners and an average of just over a seven-percent grade. It’s just a bit shorter than the West Loop Trail but more technical. Also one of Makawao Forest Reserve Trails that uses a two-way traffic trail, it takes riders through eucalyptus and pine trees and over their roots. There’s also a section of trail that passes through tropical plants (take time to smell the flowers in this section, particularly the white ginger!).The East Loop tends to be wetter than the West Loop Trail, so plan your ride accordingly—if it’s raining or has been raining, be ready for slippery conditions.

Access Info

The Kahakapao Loop trail is located in Makawao State Forest Reserve, which is composed of over 2093 acres of land on the west facing slopes of Haleakala.

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More Stats for Kahakapao East Loop Trail mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    820 ft
  • Altitude min
    2,859 ft
  • Altitude max
    3,679 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,859 ft
  • Altitude end
    3,679 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    1.8 miles
  • Distance down
    2,140 ft
  • Distance flat
    493 ft
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