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Hosmer Grove Loop

Easy/Intermediate
 3.7 (3)

One of the best spots on Maui for nature-viewing, the path winds through native and nonnative plants


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Map Key

0.6

Miles

1.0

KM

Loop

6,832' 2,082 m

High

6,703' 2,043 m

Low

117' 36 m

Up

138' 42 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (5°)

20%

Max Grade (11°)

Dogs No Dogs

Features Birding · Views · Wildlife

Family Friendly Close to parking, bathrooms and water make this a convenient destination. Mellow terrain, different tree types to identify and wildlife to find make it suitable for kids.

Description

Starting from the parking and picnic area, this short loop trail can be done in the clockwise or counter clockwise direction. If going in the clockwise direction, you'll first cover flat ground passing through tall groves of labeled non-native trees. After a short couple of uphill steps, you'll emerge onto more open, sub-alpine terrain with better views. Here are the native shrubs. This trail also boasts some fine birdwatching opportunities. Head gently downhill and back to the parking area to complete the loop.

Some history- in 1910, Ralph Hosmer planted non-native trees (eucalptus, sugi pine, spruce, cedar, Douglas fir, deodar, etc.) here in hopes of creating a timber industry and reviving the watershed. Hosmer found that these introduced species adapted to Hawaii well enough to survive, but they did not grow fast enough to make harvesting commercially viable. The National Park Service works to make sure that these non-native plants do not escape from this area.

Flora & Fauna

Four different kinds of honeycreepers (native forest birds) can regularly be found here. Also the native birds 'i'iwi and 'apapane can be found here. The 'i'iwi makes a squeeking sound has orange legs and a curved beak. The 'apapane has a black bill and legs, moves quickly and makes a whirring noise when flying. Native plants (mamane, pilo, kilau ferns, sandalwood).

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Megan W

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  3.7 from 3 votes

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  3.7 from 3 votes
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Photos

It like a whole new world in the woods of Hosmer.
Aug 17, 2016 near Makawao, HI
The beautiful view on the Hosmer Grove Loop.
Aug 17, 2016 near Makawao, HI

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Jan 20, 2020
A Catalano
Dec 3, 2019
K T
Jul 17, 2019
James Kirk
10h 12m
Nov 9, 2018
Jodi K
Will we see the honeycreeper?
Apr 8, 2018
Malia Ford
Jun 13, 2007
Megan Ranger
First trip