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PostPosted: Fri Apr 30, 2010 1:08 pm 
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I found myself in Kona, HI earlier this week on work (ya, I know :D ). I was able to sneak away, rent a bike and explore some great singletrack. The trail system was called Maka'ula O'oma Tract and is located in the Honuaula Forest Reserve. However, the trail system is commonly referred to as the 'Kaloko Trails', referencing the street you drive in on. The trails are an easy 10 minute drive out of downtown Kona.

My morning started with a good view, hot breakfast and the best cup of coffee I have ever had. 100% Kona Coffee simply can't be beat.
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I made a short trip down the coast to check the surf, as a swell was supposed to be picking up. I ended up getting in two sessions during my stay, here at Lyman's.
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I picked up a rental from Kona Bike Works. They had a XXL Specialized Rockhopper 29er that quickly earned the nickname "Sherman" because of the army green color and the fact the bike was as heavy as a tank. Some local kids had some fun at the dead end trailhead and burnt down a car. Looked like a good place to lean my bike.
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The trailhead.
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The Jurassic Trail quickly brings you in touch with rocky, rooty and twisty singletrack.
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A little more than a half mile in and the Jurassic Trail ends along the upper boundary.
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Another half mile along the boundary road brings you to the start of the aptly named Pig Skull Trail.
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Very inviting singletrack entrance.
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The Pig Skull Trail delivers 1 mile of downhill singletrack.
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You then are dumped out on the lower boundary road with views of the Kona coast.
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The Forest Reserve ends at this gate at which the guide book tells you to turn around.
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However, I found this doubletrack too inviting to pass up. The out and back added two miles to my ride.
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Hawaiian for 'main divide'. The Hallway trail is a miserable fall line road that takes you back to the upper boundary for the short downhill on the Jurassic Trail and the trailhead.
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Apparently, the tow truck drivers where on top of it as the burnt out car was gone after my 8 mile, 2 hour exploration.
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The Koloko Trails are short, but sweet. Good singletrack is hard to find on Hawaii and this trail system is 10 minutes from the only shop where you can rent a quality mountain bike. If you are ever in Kona and have a couple of free hours, hit up these trails for a really great trail experience.


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Cool! I've ridden on Maui, Oahu and Kauai, but never been to the big island. See any live volcanoes? One thing I've found over and over: the rental bikes suuuuck on all the islands.


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you sonofabitch! thanks for the TR


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wow that looks like a good work trip!

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Ohhhhh, so jealous is me! Especially since I was right there last summer - I even drove up to the top of Kaloko Rd. We stayed in Kailua-Kona about a mile south of town. I think I even stopped for coffee at Island Lava Java once, though mostly went to Java on the Rock or Green Flash Coffee. I bet if I'd known about it, I coulda ditched the family for a few hours and hit that. Oh, well, next time...


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Lucky dog. But as much as I like to ride, when I was in Hawaii on business last year I spent every free moment snorkeling. I figure I can ride trails almost as nice in San Diego, but the marine life there is so much more interesting than it is here.

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I just drooled all over my keyboard! Kona coffee AND singletrack. Awesome TR, thanks for sharing.


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Singletrack and rainforest, looks like heaven to me, thanks Matt for the TR :thumbsup:


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WoW! Thanks for the TR!


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Show-off!!

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Awesome, even okay trails are awesome in new and interesting locations. Nice TR

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