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Waiakoa Loop Trail




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A forest trail used for hiking, hunting and trail running, the Waiakoa Loop Trail can be a difficult, but it gives beautiful views into the lesser known temperate climate Maui has to offer.



Dogs are allowed on a leash
Switchback, Dirt and Gravel Trails, Hunter's Trails



Approximate altitude: ~ 5000 – 6500 ft


3.5 miles

1213 elevation gain

Approximately 2+ hours



Upcountry: Poli Poli on the side of Haleakala





A trail that many runners use for trail running, the Waiakoa Loop Trail can be a difficult one, depending on how you attack it.


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Your Brain (as always when hiking)

Waterproof Phone Case (while there are others, this one is the best.)

Water Filter or Camelbak pack

Bug Repellent (this natural one is our favorite!)

Dry Bag (you're on an island. You'll probably get wet.)

Paracord (there's always a use for this.)

Knife (or something to cut the paracord.)

Camera or Drone (you can't beat this one.)

Spare Socks (laugh now, but you'll take this one seriously post-hike.)

Shoes (these are great hiking shoes.)

Clothes you can get wet

Sunglasses (this brand specifically is the best for ocean and water activities.)

Sunscreen (use this one to help preserve the coral and marine life.)

Trekking Poles

First Aid Kit (better safe than sorry.)


Check out this link for a deeper look: Best Things to Bring on a Hike

Nearby and Related

Proflyght Paragliding



Specific Cautions


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