Awaawaloa via Wa'ahila Ridge Trail

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Awaawaloa via Wa'ahila Ridge Trail is a 5.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Honolulu, HI that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

5.2 miles 2391 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

bugs

muddy

old growth

over grown

rocky

scramble

washed out

Starting from Waahila State Park, it takes about an hour to reach the Kolowalu junction to the left and the ridge to the top on the right. For the most part the trail is very well graded even past the unmaintained section. Mostly a ridge hike. Can be windy most of the time. Heavily eroded sections but they do not pose extreme danger. Some rock scrambling but very,very doable. I would rate this as an intermediate hike. To get to this hike drive to the top of St.Louis Heights and park in the Wa'ahila state park at the top. Park hours are 7am-745pm. The hike starts off pretty simple on a wide path the just keeps going up. You soon get to a junction where you go left and from then on the hike starts going up and down over the ridges. There are some rocky sections that involve small amounts of climbing up and down but other then that the hike is pretty easy. I'd recommend this to the beginner hikers as well as the more experienced. Once toward the top you get great views of Manoa Valley and Palolo Valley. At the end of the trail you meet the kolowalu trail which is a steeper hike that will take you down into the back of Manoa Valley. There is also a trail past the end of trail sign. This goes to the top of Mt.Olympus and should not be attempted by novice hikers. Hike this section at your own risk as you are not suppose to go past the end of trail sign but people do anyways. If you do choose to go past it be aware the trail gets a lot skinnier and has numerous rope sections that you will have to climb to reach the summit.

hiking
24 days ago

We came at 10am on a Monday and counted only 7 other people the whole way. Much better than diamond head which we did before and was totally packed. Beautiful views all along this trail!

1 month ago

Very short actual trail, when you finally reach it from the road it is so steep and slippery it really needs spiked boots

1 month ago

1 month ago

Hey Guys,
Is someone doing this awesome trail in the next few weeks? I would like to join u, because I never did this trail before. It will be a big adventure.

looking forward to hike with u

just contact me via Email chrishike8@gmail.com

hiking
2 months ago

Several parts were muddy. Be careful of the Red ants.

trail running
3 months ago

Mud

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hiking
4 months ago

Great hike. The trail ends on the map just before mount Olympus but the actual trail on the ground is quite easy (on dry days) to the top. Best view. Super view of Kauu crater too. Tried to join both trails. They probably connect but winds were way to strong and too steep hill for a safe hike to the crater. Nice hike.

4 months ago

The scenery changes a lot as you make you way up it was awesome

5 months ago

Stay on the trail!

hiking
5 months ago

Great trail with incredible views of Honolulu, Diamond Head, and the valley residential areas. We did this hike with our three kids (8,10,11) in the pouring rain and although we were all covered in mud by the end, it was totally do-able with children; as long as your kids are experienced hikers of course. Highly recommend this one!

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6 months ago

Did this hike at then end of a very dry week, the sky was open, it was a really fun one! A couple cool rope sections towards top to my Olympus. Amazing views of east and town from up there on a clear day.

8 months ago

9 months ago

Awesome hike ! Beautiful View at the top !

1 year ago