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Waihou Spring Trail

Maui, Hawai'i

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  • This sign welcomes you to the forest.- Waihou Spring Trail
  • A rundown green building sits below the start of the trail.- Waihou Spring Trail
  • Uniformly placed trees create a unique feel in this forest.- Waihou Spring Trail
  • You will probably share the trail on this hike, which is popular with local residents.- Waihou Spring Trail
  • It doesn't exactly feel like Maui in here.- Waihou Spring Trail
  • Makeshift shelters appear as sculptures along the Waihou Spring Trail.- Waihou Spring Trail
  • There's not much of a view from the overlook because of all the trees in the way.- Waihou Spring Trail
  • The neatly planted trees create a pretty tunnel along the trail.- Waihou Spring Trail
  • If it's open, the Waihou Spring Trail adds a change of elevation and scenery to this otherwise flat and simple hike.- Waihou Spring Trail
  • Boulders break up the uniformity of the experimental forest.- Waihou Spring Trail
  • The Waihou Spring Trail switchbacks down to a viewpoint of the spring.- Waihou Spring Trail
  • Even if you don't see any roosters in the forest, you'll definitely hear them.- Waihou Spring Trail
  • The spring creates a gentle seep down a rock wall that is visible at the end of the spur trail.- Waihou Spring Trail
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Pros: 
Diversity of native and non-native trees along the trail.
Cons: 
Long drive from anywhere.
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Region:
Maui, HI
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Net Elevation Gain: 
400.00 ft (121.92 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
2.00 mi (3.22 km)
Trail type: 
Loop
Trailhead Elevation: 
3,900.00 ft (1,188.72 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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If you're looking for something different on the island of Maui, take a drive to the upcountry and be transported to an unusual forest filled with trees and birds from the mainland!

The Waihou Spring Forest Reserve encompasses an experimental pine forest and a natural spring in upcountry Maui. A couple of pleasant trails leading through the trees are popular places for local residents and the occasional visitor to take a walk. The Waihou Spring Trail follows an old forest road through pine, cyprus and eucalyptus trees planted in the 1920s. Keep an eye out for native trees such as koa and halapepe, which are also scattered throughout the reserve.

As you explore the forest, listen for pheasants and roosters scratching around in the underbrush. Look for introduced birds, like the northern cardinal, as well as native birds like the 'apapane.

The trail makes a lollipop-loop past a very brushy overlook before returning back to the trailhead. Another trail leads down a couple of switchbacks to a viewpoint of the Waihou Spring, but it is often closed due to poor trail conditions. Check the signs before heading down there. The spring is just a wet seep trickling down a rocky cliff face, so you won't be missing too much if the trail is closed.

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