12/12/19 - As recommended by the Honolulu C&C Lifegaurds, the Division of State Parks has temporarily closed the Keawaula Section of Kaena Point State Park due to high surf and dangerous shoreline conditions. The closure will likely continue until conditions have become safe for the general public. Please check back for updates.
Haleakala Ridge Trail
|Trail Length||1.6 miles|
|Terrain||Mountain Forests, Elevated Climbs|
|Elevation Gain||850 ft|
|Park Name||Polipoli Spring State Recreation Area|
Trail starts above Polipoli Springs State Recreation Area on the Skyline switchback at 6,500′ elevation and works down the crest of the southwest rift of Haleakala past the Plum Trail junction to the lower forest reserve boundary at 5,600′ elevation. Spectacular views extend in all directions. The trail passes alternatively through rough cinders, native scrub brush, grassy swales and a planted forest of pines, eucalyptus and other tree species. The trail joins the end of the Polipoli Trail leading back to the park 0.3 mile from the top. At 1.2 mile the trail joins the Plum Trail.
There are many other trails in the area, part of an extensive system administered by the State’s Trail and Access system, Nā Ala Hele.
From Kahului, take Highway 37 past Pukalani to the second junction of Highway 377. Turn left on 377 for about 0.3 mile, then right on Waipoli Road. This becomes Polipoli Access Road at the first cattle guard and climbs up the mountain through a long series of switchbacks until it enters the forest at 6,400′ elevation, where the pavement ends.
- Mountain biking is not allowed on this trail.
- Stay on the trail.
- Keep dogs on leash.
- Pack out at least what you pack in.
- No open fires.
- Wear bright clothing.
- Be aware that you may encounter hunters who are hunting off the trail.