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Polipoli Springs State Recreational Area
Open today: 6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Car sick

Be prepared for the road on the island that will make you sick. Even of you dont get sick, it will... read more

Reviewed January 31, 2018
Alisha M
Pine Bluffs, Wyoming
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A place to mountain bike or hike

Like many roads in Maui, the paved one up to this Rec area is narrow and winding. At a few points... read more

Reviewed December 7, 2016
Barbara K
Coleman, Canada
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Reviewed September 19, 2012

We had a lot of fun driving up this one lane road! Unfortunately we were driving a low clearance vehicle and so we could not get to the actual park because the last few miles are unpaved and can be dangerous when wet. However even if you do not have a high clearance car we felt it was worth it for the views and adventure to be had on the drive up! There is plenty of room to turn around if you need to before the dirt road starts.

Date of experience: September 2012
1  Thank Stephanie T
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Reviewed September 8, 2012

It is certainly not easy to get to, but that's part of the fun! Just take Waipoli Road and keep going. The dirt road says 4 wheel drive only. Not the case. We were able to get there and back in a Hyundai Genesis. However, we almost got stuck, so only do it with a vehicle that has good ground clearance.

The views of West Maui are fantastic from here and the traffic is very light so don't hesitate to stop for pics. You will see where a forest fire burned several years ago. Not even Hawaii is immune to this kind of natural disaster. Thank goodness it didn't burn the redwood trees which you'll be walking through.

Once at the parking lot, don't worry if you need to use the facilities. We were amazed to find not just an outhouse, but an actual working toilet. It was quite clean, too! The trails from here lead to the water with more great views. Have fun!

Date of experience: August 2012
1  Thank ColoradoBuffGal
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Reviewed December 31, 2011

I am not sure what we were expecting to find here, I thought there was a redwood forest. We drove the rental car as far as the paved road went, following the one-lane road through the switchbacks up the hill. The views were often obscured by the clouds, but the forest was pretty cool. It is a hunting area, and they are hunting for pigs and pheasant. Pull over when the locals come hauling up the road in their big 4-wheel drive trucks!

To get here, drive past the Alii Kula Lavendar Farm. Pass through a grassy area that the local hang-gliding club uses to fly it is so steep. As you drive into the forest, you'll pass a disk-golf (frisbee) park, causing plenty of confusion if you have never seen the goals spread around in the woods before. Keep driving, twisting and turning up and up. Notice the pig trails and the plants, it is really pretty here. We picked some blackberries as big as my thumb, and came across banana poka passion fruits.

Next time we visit Maui we'll rent a high-clearance 4 wheel drive vehicle to take on the dirt part of the road. We turned around after the car bottomed out twice. It is something to look forward to, and something most tourists will never bother to see.

Date of experience: December 2011
3  Thank karen1monger
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Reviewed June 13, 2011

We drove half way up the windy road to do a hike with a toddler in the backpack only to find out that the park was closed! Check before going - the gate is unfortunately a couple switchbacks beyond the Lavender Farm.

1  Thank beartrax79
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Reviewed November 16, 2008

Getting here is half the fun. The road to the park begins with 6 miles of paved one lane mountain road, and it seems hairy. That is to say, the start seemed hairy until one experienced the last 4 miles, which are unpaved, rutted, much narrower, much windier, and with fewer pullouts for passing cars in the other direction. However, this road can indeed be done in a regular everyday car so long as it is not wet. Just take it very very slow.

The loop trail, Redwood to Plum to Ridge to Palipali ,is about 5 miles, though that can be shortened to 4 miles by taking the Tie Trail shortcut between the Redwood and Plum Trails. This is a counterclockwise loop, starting from about 50 feet before the road ends at the parking lot for the trails. The trails are marked. The Redwood Trail descends quite a bit, but into a redwood forest (not native, but still serene), and then the altitude is taken back over the next 3 trails, before descending once again from the Ridge to the parking lot. The Ridge Trail is the other main viewing part of the loop. However, the trail is almost entirely on the inner side of the ridge, so you have to take spurs from time to time to get the best views. This was one of my two best hikes on Maui, though to be honest it felt more Californian than Hawaiian terrain.

4  Thank NJ-Eric
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