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Manuka Nature Trail

Trail Length: 2 mi. loop
Activity: Pedestrian
Difficulty: Moderate
Terrain: Cool, forested
Elevation Gain: 400 ft
Park Name: Manuka State Wayside

Description: Manuka Nature Trail is located in the Manuka Natural Area Reserve, but accessed via the adjacent Manuka State Wayside. The trail takes hikers through a forest of native Hawaiian plants and animals. It offers an experience in Hawaiian natural history, featuring lava flows of different ages, a pit crater, cultural sites and native and non-native species of plants and animals. Bring plenty of water. Mosquitoes are prevalent. Allow 2-3 hours to complete the loop.

Route: The trailhead is located just off the parking lot – follow the signs to the start of the trail. The pit crater is at the top of the loop, after which you will begin descending back toward the trailhead.

Directions: Trailhead within Manuka State Wayside. Mamalahoa Highway (Highway 11), 19.3 miles west of Na'alehu.

Additional Info: Mountain Biking is not allowed on this trail. Stay on the trail. Pack out at least what you pack in. No open fires. CAMPING IS NOT ALLOWED ON THIS TRAIL HIKING PERMIT NOT REQUIRED


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