Ah what a nice hike! I'm so glad to get switchback instead of stairs. And there's lots of shade, which helps after getting some sunburn yesterday. It was also pretty windy towards the top which felt great.
There weren't many unobstructed views towards the end so it's tough to get clean photos but the views for myself were worth it.
Steve R. on Kealia Trail
A few take aways from todays hike, if you're a plodder like me, plan on 5 1/2 to 6 hours to do the whole trail. That's a steady pace with time for breaks and pictures, if your looking for a workout,obviously it will be less time. Today it was 81 degrees, I brought 2 liters of water. Enough to drink, but not enough to stay well hydrated. The trail is clear enough up to the first gate, (go through and just left for the best view of the valley) into the Army training area. I say first gate because I went through two, neither of which are mentioned in the best hikes in Oahu book, a rather large over site in my opinion. Passing through the first gate, the trail follows a wire fence with marginal views. I hit my turn around time after reaching the 2nd gate (late start) The trail kept on meandering around the hill away from the valley and the grand view I though I'd find was not to be. If I wanted to look at the Yokohama beach side I'd have hiked up from the Farrington highway. entrance (permit required)
Did this with a friend while the kids were at school. We parked on the lot at Dillingham and hiked to the picnic table and sat for a few minutes and then continued on all the way up the access roads. It's a serious booth burner but nice and shades and quiet. Bring water and snacks and wear good shoes because you are walking some pretty good inclines up those access roads!
Trail was well marked, easy to follow and good to see no trash!! We did this with our hiking with keiki group and our 3-5yo kiddos all walked the whole way up and most walked down too. We only did the the picnic table at the top and back down so that was 2.5. Great views during the hike although mostly blocked by trees once you get to the picnic table. Was great that although the weather was clear it was not too hot as there is partial shade through most of the trail, and the sun is primarily on the other side of the mountain. Was nice to stop at the nearby beach after.
I loved this trail!! It was steep and challenging, but a great workout! I went past the picnic tables to try and find the lookout. I found one that was right through the gate, but it seems like there might be another one I missed?? It took me 3 hours out and back. Great hike!