This is absolutely one of the most fun singletracks I’ve ever ridden in Hawaii. Although short, Kalopa trails is worth riding over and over and over again.
Upon arriving at Kalopa you'll find plenty of parking. The trail head is one of the most well maintained I've seen. Their are organized log cabins and camp grounds, restrooms and well marked parking areas. It's also heavily wooded with a definite tropical Hawaii vibe.
The basic route is to take the 'Jeep Road' straight up the middle to the top. Although the trail is called Jeep Road, it's far from it. Expect a good technical climb to the top. Once at the top you may choose to ride either the left or right trails (facing the posted signs). Both take you back to the bottom. Left is more steep and technical. It's a slower riding trail. Heading right takes you to a fun, flowy singletrack back to the bottom. I enjoyed both the right and left sides a great deal but if I was pressed for time and could only ride one, I'd go right!
Honestly I could ride these trails all day long and never get bored. On Oahu there is a tendency to make everything to easy. If folks can't easily ride over something, it gets removed. What happens is that over time trails become stale. Not so on the Big Island. If a tree falls down at Kalopa, they build a bridge over it or at the least throw some logs in front of it. I don't think anybody has ever removed a root Does this make it more technical? Absolutely. But it also makes it more fun. Newer riders can slow down a bit to tackle the tricky parts while more advanced riders can speed up and hone their skills. As you progress and get better the trail doesn't get boring, it gets more interesting!
Hit this place up if you get the chance.
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More Stats for Kalopa mountain bike trail
Altitude change0 ft
Altitude min1,997 ft
Altitude max2,584 ft
Altitude start2,107 ft
Altitude end2,108 ft
Distance climb2.5 miles
Distance down2.1 miles
Distance flat1.5 miles
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Kalopa Trail Reports
Nov 4, 2016 @ 9:51amNov 4, 2016
|Extremely wet. Big time mud slop-roots very slick|
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