Hike through the Hau’ula Loop pine forest
An easy 2.5 mile hike with plenty of shade through a changing forest landscape.
The Hauula loop trail leads through the pine forest that covers two of the hills behind Hau’ula. This trail is similar to it’s neighboring trail, Ma’akua Ridge. These two trails are more about soaking in the details of the changing forest instead of trying to get to a destination. I have seen parents, kids, runners, and owners with their dogs on this trail.
It starts in a rainforest, transforms into a pine forrest, and leads to a section of a moderate ridge with a view of the ocean before descending back into the rainforest. Depending on the rainfall, you might see a few small streams flowing over the trail. Melissa Marlen, in a review on Alltrails, said it has some great views of the mountainous areas. She said it was muddy when she went but there was nothing too treacherous. I found it to be the same. There are some sections that get muddy, especially if you are going through the low part of a valley.
The pine forrest
I remember the Hauula loop trail as the pine forest hike. The pine forest is one of the most notable features of this hike in my opinion. The trail leads through a dense patch of tall, rocket shaped cook pines along with a patch of jelecote pine with weeping branches. It is very different from a lot of the rainforest hikes on Oahu.
You will find a wall of graffiti if you continue on the paved road instead of turning off to the loop trail. Some of it can be pretty cool but it always seems to be changing.
Parking and trailhead
To get to the trail, go straight instead of taking the curve with Hau’ula Homestead road. After you pass by the first yellow gate you will see another just around the bend. You might see some horses on the property between the gates. There is a map posted at the last gate. Walk down the road and the trail will be just beyond the next bend.
There is sparse parking within the neighborhood. I parked on the side of the road southeast of where the trail starts. There was enough space to fit maybe one other car behind me. When in doubt, park at the Hau’ula beach Park parking lot. Keep an eye out for no parking signs throughout the neighborhood. Also please be respectful when walking through the residential area.