4 miles
Distance
884 ft
Climb
-944 ft
Descent
00:48:53
Avg time

Kuilau-Moalepe Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Kapaa
    Kapaa, Hawaii
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Season
    March, Spring Break
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #26292 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    100 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking

The Moalepe trailhead is gated to prevent vehicle entry, but I understand it is otherwise, a multi-use trail (hiking, biking, equestrian). It is a fairly smooth packed dirt trail varying from dirt road (lower reaches) to single-track (upper areas). When I rode, they had apparently had little rain for the previous 2 months, so there was almost no mud, The ground was nicely tacky and dust-free. There was some evidence of minor erosion of the trail in the steeper parts and on some of the wider road sections, where the ground had been washed out by previous rain water. I understand it can be quite slippery when wet

The Moalepe Trail, starts off as a gentle climbing gravel road, but soon changes to only one of the tracks favored and then single-track, with some winding up and down near the summit. There are great views of surrounding forest near the top as you ride along a clear ridge and then descent a bit and traverse to the picnic area (flat, grassy meadow with picnic tables and shelter) at the end of the Kuilau Ridge Trail. The Kuilau Ridge Trail is a fun, easy downhill ride, which changes to a wider dirt road near the bottom reaches, ending at the Kuilau Ridge trailhead, near the Kealau Arobretum, with a similar yellow gate to the one at the other end. You could easily ride it in either direction, however, I think starting at the Moalepe end might be easiest.

Access Info

I rode from the Moalepe Trail end, parking at the intersection of Olohena Rd and Waipouli Rd, where there is enough parking for a few cars. Completing the loop back to the car via Kuamoo Rd, Opeakaa Rd, Puuopae Rd and Oholena Rd, was not nearly as hilly as I expected it might be.

More Stats for Kuilau-Moalepe bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -59 ft
  • Altitude min
    529 ft
  • Altitude max
    1,150 ft
  • Altitude start
    588 ft
  • Altitude end
    529 ft
  • Grade
    -0.267%
  • Grade max
    -31.578%
  • Grade min
    29.741%
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    638 ft
  • Avg time
    00:48:53
  • Avg reverse time
    00:59:57
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Status:
on Jul 14, 2019
Wet
Avg: 4 (2 votes)

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  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
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  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
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  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • eBike Charging Point eBike Charging Point
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Gate Gate
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Ladder Ladder
  • Stairs Stairs
  • Bridge Bridge
  • Camping Camping
  • Cabin Cabin
  • Lodge Lodge
  • Bear Cache Bear Cache
  • Dock Dock
  • Ranger Station Ranger Station
  • Summit Summit
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      Kuilau-Moalepe Trail Reports

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      Jul 14, 2019 @ 1:30pm
      Jul 14, 2019
      The ride was muddy and in parts the rock was very slippy... easy to fall.
      Nov 27, 2017 @ 6:11pm
      Nov 27, 2017
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 1 rides
      • 20 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 12 rides
      • 16 miles avg distance
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      • 31 rides
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      Routes with this trail

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      Kuamo’o ~ Nounou West ~ Moalepe ~ Kuilua Trails
      13 miles

      1 Review & Comments

      • + 0
      flag Dakrise (Jun 20, 2019 at 12:44)
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