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Munro Trail, Lanai

 

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Quick Facts

  • Name: Munro Trail
  • What: 20.5 kilometre hiking, driving and biking trail with scenic views
  • Where: Begins just north of Lanai City and ends in the Palawai Basin

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The rustic Munro Trail begins just north of Lanai City, past the stables of the Four Seasons Resort Lanai, The Lodge at Koele. Named for George Munro, the naturalist from New Zealand who arrived in 1890, this 20.5-kilometre, one-lane dirt road offers sweeping vistas amongst the majestic Cook pine trees introduced by Munro himself.

The trail offers spectacular views and the 487-metre elevation takes you through a rainforest filled with ohia lehua, ironwood, eucalyptus and pine trees. Only four kilometres into the trail you’ll find a scenic lookout. You'll discover stunning canyon views of Maunalei gulch as well as the neighbouring islands of Maui, Molokai, Kahoolawe, Hawaii's Big Island and Oahu along the way. The trail, which can also be biked or hiked, also takes you to the top of Lanaihale (House of Lanai), Lanai's highest peak at 1,027 metres.

The Munro Trail can only be driven in a rented 4-wheel drive vehicle. Note that conditions can be tricky in some spots especially after rain (driving in muddy conditions is not recommended). Bring a full tank of fuel, water, food and a jacket and check ahead for dry weather conditions. The trek takes about two hours by car, so drive safely and enjoy the ride.