Humu'ula Trail

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Phone (808) 973-9782
Address Kaawalii Rd, Honokaa, HI 96774
Five mile long (each way), out and back style hike. High difficulty level.

• General: Camping • General: Cost: Free • Hiking: Dogs Allowed • Hiking: Hiking • Hiking: Length: 5-8 Miles
• Hiking: Level: Difficult • Hiking: Major Elevation Changes • Hiking: Out & Back Trail

The Humu'ula Trail is a 5.25 mile long (one way), out and back style hiking trail located on the windward (east) side of Hawaii's Big Island.

Getting to the trail requires driving along a 2.7 mile stretch of partially paved, four wheel drive only road. To find this access road, travel along the Mamalahoa Highway (19) to the Ookala Road intersection which is right at the 30 mile marker. Take Ookala Road mauka (towards the mountain) for 2.7 miles to the Hilo Forest Reserve boundary and Humu'ula Trail trailhead. The road is a private road so you are asked to respect its use.

The drive up will take you to just over 2,000 feet above sea level. From there, the actual hike will rise another 3,250 feet when it reaches the old Civilian Conservation Corps camp and Ranger station at Keanakolu.

This hike is rated as difficult due to the overall length (11.5 miles round trip), elevation gains, and potentially difficult terrain (which becomes more difficult when wet). Bring plenty of drinking water and be sure to read Hiking Safety & Essentials before heading out. Catchment water may be available at Keanakolu but must be purified before consuming. Also note that this is a hunting area so wear bright clothing and stay on the trail at all times.