Close to Hilo, Kulani trails are fast, technical singletrack. Roots, rocks, logs and the occasional wooden feature will keep you entertained until your legs tell you they’ve had enough!
There are two places to park when riding Kulani. The first is the little pull off on Stainback Hwy where the Google Directions below end. If you don't have a 4 wheel drive vehicle this is probably your best bet. If you do have a 4 wheel drive vehicle you can actually turn south into the forest reserve and follow the jeep road to an inner dirt parking lot. You can actually see it in the middle of the trees on the Google map.
The Kulani trail system is pretty unique. There is not much elevation gain. You don't have any serious, extended climbing going on. You'll be grateful for that. Kulani is tight, twisty and technical. The ground is rough, black lava rock. Add in roots and lot's of short pedals up followed by quick descents and you'll be worn out in no time. The forest is also incredible green and beautiful. The contrast of the black lava rock and green moss has a definite volcanic vibe! The first half hour I felt pretty clumsy as I wasn't use to such tight technical terrain on Oahu. It wasn't long before I started to feel more comfortable and the trail started to really flow.
The trail system is relatively small but without a guide I would feel lost. The good thing is that even though we rode 10 miles, the furthest we got from our truck was about 1 mile!
I enjoy Kulani and can't wait to ride there again.
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More Stats for Kulani mountain bike trail
Altitude change1 ft
Altitude min554 ft
Altitude max769 ft
Altitude start759 ft
Altitude end761 ft
Distance climb2.3 miles
Distance down2.4 miles
Distance flat4.2 miles
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