Munro Trail

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Munro Trail
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7wonderstraveler
Hugo, MN1,147 contributions
Feb 2020 • Friends
This hike is supposed to be 12.3 miles and by the time we were done it was 19 miles!
The trail is by the cemetery behind Koele Lodge. The signs point to Koloiki Ridge Trail so we knew that was a branch off trail from the Munro. However, there were many different trails without signs! We had to hike the Koloiki Ridge since we were here so we did that and we were not disappointed. We now had to find the Munro Trail and we finally found it at 1:30. We saw a sign as we walked about 800 meters so we knew we were finally on it. It’s just a 4x4 road and now that I did the whole thing I would tell people it was very boring! There was a lot of cloud cover so we didn’t see much and the last 4 miles were very long and boring. I would suggest the Koloiki Ridge Trail. The Munro Trail is off limits to vehicles so that is the one nice thing about the trail. I wouldn’t want to hike and share the road with off road vehicles.
Written March 9, 2020
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twosistersrunning
California10 contributions
This is one of my favorite trails. We were staying at the Manele Bay Resort and took the shuttle bus up to the Lodge. From the Lodge , one of the bell guys took us in a smaller van to the trailhead, located near the grave site. The basic trail is reportedly 7 miles, but we tracked it with our GPS watches and we ran a 13 mile route back down to the road where we got a ride back to Manele. The trail takes you through rainforests, sandy foundations, red dirt up to a summit of about 3400 feet. On our way out to the trail, everyone at the hotel warned us that only 4-wheel drives take that road and one should never try to run it. Well....never say that to addicted trail runners in constant search of adventure! It was absolutely beautiful, fabulous views at every angle, but make sure to strap on a hydration pack of some sort and food for the trek. Have you ever heard of 'Red Dirt'? Well, I now have permanent 'Red Shoes'! It was a great adventure!
Written November 25, 2007
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LAesquared
Los Angeles, CA34 contributions
Dec 2013 • Solo
Many posters are confusing the Munro Trail with the Koloiki Ridge Trail. The latter is the 5 mile hike behind the lodge, and there is a small amount of overlap with the Munro Trail. The Munro trail itself is a 12.5 mile dirt road that begins about a mile from the Lodge and ends at the road 2.5-3 miles above Manele Bay.

On a late December morning, much of the trail was shrouded in mist and the road was largely empty. There were a few people out on an ATV excursion, and they looked cold and somewhat miserable, possibly also because the visibility was terrible and so there was nothing to see at most of the viewpoints.

The trail did make for a very enjoyable, cool and shady long run. If you plan to traverse on foot, definitely bring enough water as once you get out of the cloud, the weather can be quite hot.
Written January 3, 2014
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theflyinhawaiian
Harrisburg, PA28 contributions
May 2013
We did the short walk that starts behind the Lodge. Stop at the concierge and get a map before you start and give your name for safety reasons. Get a bottle of water too while you are there. Took about 4 hours round trip. Beautiful views of the ocean and surrounding mountains. Mild to medium exertion on this hike.
Written September 1, 2013
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Jean H
Los Angeles, CA285 contributions
Feb 2013 • Couples
Best part of the trail is behind the luxurious Lodge at Koele. Moderate hike that ends high on the headland looking across the ocean at Molokai. Superb 2 hour walk you will not soon forget. Lodge provides you with water and a map if you are a guest there.
Written April 16, 2013
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jaythetravelguy
Mission Hills, KS37 contributions
We had a rental jeep for the day and drove, pretty much all over the island. The best part was driving along the Monro Trail. It is a small mountain range along the East side of the Island. From the 4 seasons hill resort (Keole?), you drive up about 1 mi where the trail begins. It is a one lane, very curvy rd (comparable to the little road around the North Shore of Maui). You drive about 5 - 10 mph all the way. My wife freaked a little because we stopped a couple times and you were on a 3,000 ft ridge on both sides of the road. If you get out of the car, you are looking straight down on both sides!. Great views of the other islands along the way. Also, dramatic changes of trees, landscape and soil as you go. If you like adventure and you have a jeep - go for it. It is around 12 - 13 miles long, so you could hike it, put it would take all day.
Written October 26, 2010
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heatherpY616ES
Seneca, IL82 contributions
Sep 2019
Larry Ellis has now banned vehicles up the trail. Must either bike or hike. Worth it to hike. If you don't have the time to do entire trail there is a lookout about 2.5 miles up.
Written September 26, 2019
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Steveh3Texas
Southlake, TX696 contributions
Mar 2017 • Couples
Today, March 4, 2017, we successfully hiked the entire Munro trail. We started at the trailhead for the Koloiki trail, which is located to the right of the Lodge at Koele (and to the left of the closed, golf shop). The Koloiki trail is well marked with green signs. At the green sign #8, the trail joins the Munro trail. At sign #12, stay on the jeep trail and continue following it. The Munro trail is a double track jeep trail. However, it is currently closed to jeep traffic, but can still be hiked. I suggest bringing lots of water, a poncho, and hiking poles. Also, only attempt this hike if you are physically able to hike 12+ miles with elevation changes. The hike follows the ridge at the very highest point of the island. So, you are likely to encounter rain, fog and sun. If sunny, there are great views of Maui and Molokai. The trail was in good shape except in the middle, approximately miles 5-8. During this segment we had several 15-20 foot sections with large mud puddles that we needed to avoid by walking along the brush. At the end of the trail, you finally reach the main pine tree-lined main road. It took us over 6 hours to hike this trail. To get back to town, call Rabaca taxi service and they will pick you up.
Written March 5, 2017
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BoulderNut
Sonoma, CA964 contributions
Jan 2013 • Couples
Pick up a map from the Lodge at Koele front desk. The 5 mile round trip hike starts behind the lodge near the golf pro building. Directions are very well marked for the hike that goes through pine forests and other unique plants. We never expected to see these forests on a Pacific Island. Check out how the Cook and Norfork Pine actually got to Lanai.
After the forest, the hike follows the Munro Trail for about a mile before a left turn toward Koloiki Ridge. You can keep going on the Munro Trail (actually, a one car width dirt road) toward the higher ridges and beyond, but that would be for another day!
As you reach the end of the Ridge, the forest gives way to open views of the valleys, ocean and near by islands. A real wow experience! Watch out for the steep drop off spots too!
The trail has several rather steep up and down sections with slippery leaves and muddy areas.
On the return hike watch for #9 tree tag and turn right up the hill track. We missed it and had to back track.
This is a one of a kind trail because of its location on Lanai. Don't miss it!
Written February 2, 2013
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pacsands
Kamloops, Canada3 contributions
The only way to really make the trip is in a Hummer from Jim at 808hummers.com.They are new on the Island of Lanai and when the other Jeep Rentals ( Dollar Rent a Car) won't allow you to take their vehicle over the trail Jim at 808Hummers said no problem! You should have a bit of experience in 4x4 driving because the road can be slippery and some pot holes are pretty deep .Great views, fantastic trail and the Hummer handles it with ease. Always check road conditions cause things can change real quick. The Hummer costs a bit more but truly worth it. Lots of other trails and deserted beaches to explore a well.
Written March 27, 2012
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