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“Maui's Poli Poli trails up Waipoli Road”

Haiku, Hawaii
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21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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“Maui's Poli Poli trails up Waipoli Road”
Reviewed 9 July 2014

I love Poli Poli and frequent the area for some remote running, mountain biking trails and camping. Great place to visit with friends or family, it is an adventure on Maui and remote in the forests that surround the area with pine and eucalyptus trees towering all around and the smells of fresh air and nature. It is spiritual place for me as well, when you get up to Skyline Trail just above Poli Poli recreational area, definitely not for everyone and Waipoli Road(above Lavendar Farm) taking you to Poli Poli requires a car rental or personal vehicle such as a SUV or truck since some sections get weathered and rutted with and can be tricky with not much clearance and all good until pavement ends atop then follow direct road. Get directions otherwise you may get lost if you are visiting Maui....you can not drive to Haleakala summit from Waipoli road. You have hunters above also, but very safe and frequented area. Have you visited your forest lately?

Visited February 2014
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Marstons Mills, Massachusetts
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96 reviews
36 attraction reviews
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“Forest up in the clouds”
Reviewed 2 July 2014

We never made it all the way to the state park, but had fun winding up the mountain roads, passing through thick clouds as we drove up. We got out and walked through some young redwoods and looked at the view of the valley below. It was amazing to start out on a hot day at the bottom, and end up having to put on jackets to keep warm as we got close to the top.

Visited October 2013
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Nevada City, California
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46 reviews
25 attraction reviews
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“Way off the beaten path!”
Reviewed 24 June 2014

A really beautiful hiking area at the top of a steep and winding road. Several miles of dirt road; DO NOT drive here when it's raining or really wet. Redwood forests, rain forests, ferns and an eerily silent burned over forest. Hikes from 2 miles to 5 miles and beyond. You can also rent a bike down the hill, get taken to Haleakala summit, ride down Skyline Rd, then hit the dirt roads and extreme switchbacks through PoliPoli and down to Kula. Mt bikes not allowed on the walking trails.

Visited June 2014
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Sacramento
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53 reviews
18 attraction reviews
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“Mamane-Skyline Loop Trail: Polipoli State Park”
Reviewed 7 May 2014

The Mamane-Skyline Loop Trail is a four mile trek which takes roughly two yours. Getting into and leaving Polipoli State Park is a bit of an adventure. After you leave the highway, the road into Polipoli State Park is a one lane well maintained paved road with narrow twists and turns. After about six miles, the road turns into a one-lane narrow dirt road with twists and turns. While there is a sign at the end of the paved road that warns travelers not to venture further without four wheel drive--we ventured on in our rented Mustang. The road wasn't that bad, but I could see if it was raining hard--you would have problems. We took the Mamane-Skyline Loop Trail which is about two miles down the dirt road. The trail is about a four mile loop and takes roughly two hours. I was attracted to this hike because of the description of the caves and lava pit crater. These were so covered in brush, that you could barely see them. The first part of the hike is not very attractive--climbing through a pine forest with a lot of dead trees. While I assume the views are good--the mountain was so socked-in with cloud cover that we couldn't see anything. We stopped for lunch just before getting to the top of the ridge and enjoyed a sunny spot--once you get to the top of the ridge, the weather changes dramatically and is chilly and windy. There were some lovely wild flowers along the ridge and the clouds finally broke for a short period to get a view of the coastline. The trail then drops through a very pleasant eucalyptus grove. At the bottom of the grove there is an overlook and junction with the Haleakala Ridge Trail. I was hoping to see Haleakala--but you couldn't see anything. This park is like a ghost town. We saw one runner, two mountain bikers, and a guy maintaining the trail by weed whacking. Other than that, a couple of pick up trucks passed us on the dirt road. The drive out of Polipoli State Park was harrowing as the cloud and fog had gotten so thick you could barely see 10 feet in front of the car. We were very relieved that we did not meet any other drivers or mountain bikers on the road out of the park. We arrived on the mountain about 10:30 a.m. and left about 1:30 p.m. I don't know if the day we went was more cloudy and foggy than other days--but visibility on the road and most of the hike was low, but it was a good way to spend the afternoon.

Visited May 2014
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Broussard, Louisiana
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10 reviews
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“Polipoli delivers!”
Reviewed 3 May 2014 via mobile

I had been trying to get to Polipoli for a hike while on Maui for years. Finally made it! Getting to the park is an adventure in itself! 7 miles on pavement then 4 miles on dirt road. We did it in a convertible. If rain is in the forecast, and you are in a car, park when pavement ends and walk. Don't go too early or it's pretty cold since you are at 6,400 feet elevation. We started at noon and did the redwood trail. Amazing pristine views. We turned around after seeing the redwoods but could have continued to a prairie area. To find the redwood trail drive straight until you get to the white sign that says Polipoli Rec area pointing to the right in management area C (about 4 miles after pavment ends). If you see locals in 4x4s come up from behind let them pass. This Rec area has several picnic tables and camp sights and a picnic table. To get to the Redwood Trail entrance, park then backtrack 100 feet back up the road and enter the gate on your left. Walk down to the cabin and you will see the Redwood trail entrance. The redwoods are seen about 30 minutes down trail. Coming back up from the Redwood trail is uphill and very strenuous so pace yourself. This is a hunting area so make sure and wear bright colors. The blacktop road has just been redone and is in good shape.

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