Hikers use revamped state website for information on best trails


Saturday was National Trails Day and many hikers, both novice and experienced, spent the day exploring the outdoors.

The Department of Land and Natural Resources launched a new revamped website Friday called hawaiitrails.org.

The website is a great resource for state forest trail hikers in Hawaii. It features safety and hazard warnings, trail details, and you can even make a report if you see any damage or problems.

At Maunawili Trail, we typed in the name and the website gives you basic information if you’re new to the trail — the length, description, special conditions, information for dog owners and mountain bikers, and directions on how to get here.

For many people hiking, it’s one of the best ways to explore Hawaii.

“We like hiking, but we don’t know where anything is here,” said Cindy Massie, who is visiting from Ohio.

Kaydee Johannsen from Ewa Beach researched the hike on other websites, but the information she read wasn’t accurate. “It said it was going to be 2.5 miles and my GPS tracked a little over 3 miles,” she said.

The state says this website is different because it has trail head directions via GPS, and includes safety and weather warnings, so you can be prepared.

Users can look up the trail’s terrain and also filter their searches to find trails that feature waterfalls or trails that are open to horseback riders.

Aaron Lowe, acting program manager of Na Ala Hele, said all the trails listed on hawaiitrails.org are open and maintained for public safety. “I hope it does draw people away from the other sites that are advertising trails that are closed or potentially hazardous.”

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