Manuka Nature Trail
Hawaii hikers

PARK UPDATES:

[MAUI] Polipoli Spring State Recreation Area will remain CLOSED until access roads through Kula Forest Reserve are cleared from storm damage and safe to traverse. Anticipated re-opening is November 15th 2022. For updates, please go to: https://dlnr.hawaii.gov/blog/2022/06/27/nr22-090/

[KAUAʻI] Polihale State Park – Overnight camping will reopen beginning Aug. 14, 2022. Reservations will be available online starting Aug. 1 and may be made up to 90 days in advance.. Additionally, State Parks encourages the community to participate in the Polihale Survey to help develop access and management policies for the park. Please participate in the survey, and mahalo for being respectful stewards of your parks.

[MAUI] ʻIAO VALLEY STATE MONUMENT – As of August 1, 2022 ʻIao Valley State Monument will be closed until January 15, 2023 for the final phase of the slope stabilization project and parking lot improvements.

Manuka Nature Trail

Trail Length 2 mile loop
Activity Pedestrian
Difficulty Moderate
Terrain Cool, Forested
Elevation Gain 400 ft
Park Name Manukā State Wayside

Description

Manukā Nature Trail is located in the Manukā Natural Area Reserve, but accessed via the adjacent Manukā State Wayside. The trail takes hikers through a forest of native Hawaiian plants and animals. It offers an experience in Hawaiian natural history, featuring lava flows of different ages, a pit crater, cultural sites and native and non-native species of plants and animals. Bring plenty of water. Mosquitoes are prevalent. Allow 2-3 hours to complete the loop.

Route

The trailhead is located just off the parking lot – follow the signs to the start of the trail. The pit crater is at the top of the loop, after which you will begin descending back toward the trailhead.

Directions

Trailhead within Manukā State Wayside. Mamalahoa Highway (Highway 11), 19.3 miles west of Na’alehu.

Additional Info

  • Mountain biking is not allowed on this trail.
  • Stay on the trail.
  • Pack out at least what you pack in.
  • No open fires.