One of the perks of staying at the Four Seasons Resort, The Lodge at Koele, is the easy access to the trailhead to the Koloiki Ridge Trail. The trail is about 5-miles long, but can be done in about 2-3 hours, depending on your pace. The trail is well marked and fairly wide. It also intersects the long Munro Trail, which many people traverse using a utility vehicle or 4-wheel drive.
We had been on the fence about hiking the Koloiki trail during our first two days on Lanai, because of the clouds that blanketed the ridge. It’s the one hike that I really wanted to do on the island. Actually, I would have loved to do the Munro Trail and a few other things, but that would have required a vehicle, of which the island was all sold out of. That’s what happens when you’ve got one car rental agency on the island. In any case, the clouds seemed to have cleared a bit on day three, and so we decided to take a chance on the Koloiki trail.
At around marker 7, we encountered a group of hikers and asked them if the view at the top was nice and clear. Apparently, they only made it to marker 8 and then turned around. Indeed, the stretch between marker 8 and 11 is an uphill one. Keep going, though. The views at the top are definitely worth it.
As you continue along the trail, you will pass Hulopoe Gulch, Kukui Gulch, and a ton of ironwood and pine trees.
At the top of the ridge, we scored an awesome view into Maunalei, the largest and deepest valley in Lanai. Looking toward the ocean, we could see Molokai on our left and Maui on our right. On a clear day, you’re supposed to be able to see peaks of the Big Island.
That’s Molokai in the distance.
To the left of me you see Molokai and to the right is Maui.
And here’s a view of Maunalei Valley.
The Koloiki Trail is definitely worth doing if you ever find yourself on Lanai. Don’t let the 5-miles sway you from doing this hike. With the gradual incline, the miles do tend to fly by rather quickly. Plus, those views are more than worth it.