Kuaoakala Forest Reserve. The trail contours the left side of a 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 trees 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.This trail traverses a public hunting area - please use caution when hiking. Wear bright colored clothing and be aware that you may encounter hunters who may be hunting off trail - stay on the trail. Campsites not designated. Camping is allowed anywhere within the trail corridor (10 feet from center line), but camping at the trail shelters is preferred.
Historically the Air Force has closed public access during RIMPAC in the month of July and on the anniversary of September 11. It is recommended that you call to check on the status of access in the event that the Air Force closes public access for security reasons. During these closures, you will not be able drive up the road through the Kaena Point Satellite Tracking Station at Yokohama. The KPSTS land line is (808)697-4311 to check on poential closures.
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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.
This trail traverses a public hunting area - please use caution when hiking. Wear bright colored clothing and be aware that you may encounter hunters who may be hunting off trail - stay on the trail. Campsites not designated. Camping is allowed anywhere within the trail corridor (10 feet from center line), but camping at the trail shelters is preferred.