9 miles
Distance
812 ft
Climb
-810 ft
Descent
01:26:40
Avg time

Kulani Details

  • Riding Area
    Hilo
    Hilo, Hawaii
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    XC
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
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  • Climb Difficulty
    Green
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Global Ranking
    #78589 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    5 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking

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.

source: MTB Hawaii
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More Stats for Kulani bike trail
  • Altitude change
    1 ft
  • Altitude min
    554 ft
  • Altitude max
    769 ft
  • Altitude start
    759 ft
  • Altitude end
    761 ft
  • Grade
    0.003%
  • Grade max
    -15.237%
  • Grade min
    11.76%
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    4 miles
  • Avg time
    01:26:40
  • Avg reverse time
    00:00:06
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  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
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  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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      Kulani Trail Reports

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      Sep 20, 2018 @ 12:02pm
      Sep 20, 2018
      small limbs across the trail through out. Easy to run over or duck under
      Jun 14, 2018 @ 1:20pm
      Jun 14, 2018
      Gate closed
      Dec 9, 2017 @ 10:34pm
      Dec 9, 2017
      Standing water on trail and several downed trees. Area is littered with garbage and there is an unsactioned shooting range in the middle of the...
      Dec 9, 2017 @ 10:32pm
      Dec 9, 2017
      Standing water on trails and several downed trees. Area is littered with garbage and home to an unsactioned shooting range.
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      1 Review & Comments

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      flag LaurenL (Dec 9, 2017 at 22:31)
       Some things to be aware of before riding this trail - it’s in a bit of a garbage dump and there is an unsactioned shooting range in the middle of the trail network. At the moment there are many downed trees and several deep mud pits.
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