Polipoli Springs State Recreational Area, Wailea

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The Polipoli Spring State Recreation Area is a state park of Hawaii in the United States. It is on the island of Maui about ten miles from Kula up the slope of Haleakalā.It covers about 10 acres of the 21000acre Kula Forest Reserve. Located at about 6200ft above sea level, it extends through the fog belt of the mountain forests. The high-elevation climate can be cold, with nighttime temperatures below freezing. The terrain is rough and use of a four-wheel drive vehicle is recommended.There are four main trails. The Haleakalā Ridge Trail enters the recreation area. It features scrub, grassland, and forest habitat with cinder substrates. The adjacent Plum Trail is planted with plum and other trees. The Polipoli Trail, which starts within the recreation area, features various conifers. The Redwood Trail is used for mountain biking. Visitors can view redwoods and an old ranger's cabin.The area was originally covered in dense forests of koa (Acacia koa), māmane (Sophora chrysophylla), and ʻōhiʻa lehua (Metrosideros polymorpha). When the park was established, it was devoid of trees and was subsequently reforested in the 1930s with pines, eucalyptus, tropical ash, cypress, China-fir, and coast redwood. To visit Polipoli Springs State Recreational Area and get the most from your holiday in Wailea, create itinerary details personal to you using our Wailea journey planner.
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  • The top of this road is only accessible by 4x4 vehicles. However you can take a few trails from a lower parking area by a hunters sign in shack. Hunting is active here so wear bright clothes. We did.....  more
    The top of this road is only accessible by 4x4 vehicles. However you can take a few trails from a lower parking area by a hunters sign in shack. Hunting is active here so wear bright clothes. We did.....  more »
  • Absolutes 1. You must have a 4 WD vehicle. No way to do the last few miles, which is a dirt road, without one safely. Plus- reportedly- if you get stuck, the police will ticket you if you don’t have.....  more
    Absolutes 1. You must have a 4 WD vehicle. No way to do the last few miles, which is a dirt road, without one safely. Plus- reportedly- if you get stuck, the police will ticket you if you don’t have.....  more »
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  • Wonderful park with great bird watching trails. 4wheel drive required to reach park as the road leading in can be rough if there has been rain recently.
  • Beautiful views, cool temperature, away from crowds

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