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!
Great workout. The first part of the trail is a series of switchbacks. Not difficult but it did contain loose rocks. Once you reach the picnic area, the trail after that is wide, flat, and easy to hike (it's actually an access road and I did encounter one vehicle). The only difficulty would be the fact that the trail continues to ascend and doesn't really "flatten out". Once you pass the picnic area, follow signs for Kuaokala. The first sign is an arrow with a picture of a vehicle pointing RIGHT, and a weathered orange ribbon tied to it, nothing else. After this, you'll pass a painted water tank on your left. Follow the road as it curves. You'll eventually hit a T-junction with a sign for Kuaokala pointing LEFT. The trail dips a bit but you're back to climbing again. You'll eventually hit a waist high fence with a gate. At first I thought I couldn't go any further, but you just have to open the gate and walk a little to your left where you'll hit the lookout that everyone comes here for. I understand the trail can take you on for several more miles going left or right but from this point returning back to the trail head was close to 7 miles. There were some pink guavas that I ate along the trail. Walking sticks for the return may help the knees. Great elevation gain, the AllTrails app clocked me at 2,218'.
I gave a 5 just for the smell at one point up there lol I believe it is Eucalyptus!! Loved it! Also start from Kealia and once you reach the gate turn right and there's a end point that way! (No end of trail sign there though)With Kealia it's a round trip just under 10 miles! Beast hike! Amazing work out! My go to! Love it!
Love this trail! Safe as far a landscape danger being a factor. However every trail has a danger factor this one is just more comfortable and totally fine to do on your own once you know which way to go. Trail leads to different trails higher up. Just don't sprain your ankle other wise you're s.o.l haha. The trail I did was a round trip of around 9.62 miles. Awesome that you can see Makua Valley from Mokuleia side! Also fucking amazing work out! I don't walk fast so I took a little over 4 hours to do! Heart break hills galore! Great for your ass and legs!! Bring water and snacks! My go to for a actual hike plus kick ass work out! I did this trail twice 4 days apart with a 5 mile work out in between on one day..killers lol.