Photos from the Polipoli State Park fire-- Maui 2007
By Greg Perry, Kirkland Washington Realtor
We've enjoyed and hiked in Maui's Polipoli State Park several times in our island visits. Located at about the 6700 ft level, Polipoli was amazing. Huge redwood trees, eucalyptus grooves, native rhododendron plants and expansive stands of pine trees created a surreal forest environment that you would expect on the California coast, not a tropical pacific island.
In January 2007, over 2300 acres burned in Polipoli area of Maui. Polipoli just opened again for the first time since the fire. Forestry crews have been cleaning the area up for safety.
It was hard seeing the damage done by the fire. We hiked in about a mile. Here are some photos of the fire damaged area.
At 6700 feet, we were in the clouds for the most part. I would estimate that the temperature was about 65 degrees.
We drove through acres of fire damaged trees to get to Polipoli. At first, the State Park entrance looked fairly normal. The fire damage greeted us, however, as soon as we started down the trail.
Here are some links for more information about the Polipoli State Park fire on Maui