The trail contours the left side of the ridge, leads into a saddle, and then continues by traversing the ridge. The route proceeds along the Makua Rim. The trail then goes down along a row of lemon gum eucalyptus and up again until it gets to a dirt road intersection. The right intersection leads to Mokuleia Forest Reserve. The left intersection takes you along a dirt road, down a gulch, up the other side and goes down along a ridge. Keep taking the left route at any intersection that you encounter. It will finally take you down into Manini Gulch, and becomes paved on the final climb back up to where you will return to the large dirt parking area. A permit and four-wheel drive is needed to access this trail via the Kaena Point Satellite Tracking Station Road. The permit is issued by the DLNR, Division of Forestry and Wildlife, 1151 Punchbowl St, Room 325, Honolulu, HI, 96813. This trail traverses a public hunting area - please use caution when hiking.
General Information: Stay on the trail. Keep dogs on leash. Pack out at least what you pack in. No open fires. Permit-DOFAW is required.
Do not use any trail or access road that is not delineated by name and color and that may also be displayed on these maps. The marked features are managed for public recreational use. Other trails or roads that branch off from the public features may be on private property, and are not managed for any public recreational use. Access is subject to adjacent landowner approval, and if used without authorization, you will be trespassing and possibly putting yourself at risk.
Directions: From Honolulu, Drive towards Kaena Point on Farrington Highway until you reach Yokohama Bay. Turn right and check in with your permit at the security guard station. Proceed up the road until you get to the intersection with the second guard shack on the left. Turn right at the stop sign and proceed past the Kaena Point Tracking Station. Once past the tracking station, the road curves to the left and you will pass another intersection on the right. Adjacent to the next intersection is a large dirt parking area. Park in this lot, which is located to the left of the unpaved road that descends down into Manini Gulch. The trail starts directly to the right side of the road.
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