2 miles
928 ft
-107 ft
Avg time


  • Riding Area
    Kahakapao Recreation Area
    Makawao, Hawaii
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Both Directions
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  • Physical Rating
  • Global Ranking
  • Year Opened
  • 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.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Kahakapao East Loop Trail 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
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    2,140 ft
  • Distance flat
    493 ft
  • Avg time
  • Avg reverse time
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on Oct 18, 2018
Prevalent Mud
Avg: 5 (1 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Directions to kahakapao-east-loop-trail trailhead (20.827879, -156.276537)
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Kahakapao East... Trail Reports

Oct 18, 2018 @ 12:05pm
Oct 18, 2018
Jul 11, 2018 @ 4:17pm
Jul 11, 2018
Nov 4, 2016 @ 4:37pm
Nov 4, 2016
A few mud holes that are close to dried up. In all-can't complain!
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