Kula, HI 96790
Once a dense forest of Koa, mamane, and ʻohiʻa lehua the Polipoli Spring State Recreation Area is composed of 10 acres of the Kula Forest Reserve. When the park was established many of the native trees were removed. However, in the 1930s the area was reforested with pines, eucalyptus, tropical ash, cypress, China-fir, and redwood.
Due to the elevation (6,200 feet), Polipoli Spring State Recreation Area can actually get pretty cold (temperatures can reach freezing at night).
There are four hiking trails in Polipoli Spring State Recreation Area – each offering a unique experience.
The Haleakala Ridge Trail features scrub, grassland, and forest habitat with cinder substrates.
The Plum Trail is planted with plum and other trees.
The Polipoli Trail, which starts features various conifers.
The Redwood Trail has redwoods and an old ranger’s cabin.
Hunting for wild boar, birds and goats is allowed in the park. For that reason, hikers in Polipoli Spring State Recreation Area are encouraged to wear bright colors.