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.
dogs on leash
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.
Very short actual trail, when you finally reach it from the road it is so steep and slippery it really needs spiked boots
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Several parts were muddy. Be careful of the Red ants.
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.
The scenery changes a lot as you make you way up it was awesome
Stay on the trail!
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!
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.
Awesome hike ! Beautiful View at the top !
This is a great hike with a lot of variety in elevation gain. It is fairly short and has some pretty cool views along the entire hike, there is no big viewpoint at the end of the hike. There is some slight rock climbing that is fairly easy to go through and a very fun addition to the hike. The trail is shaded about half the time so I recommend going when there is some cloud coverage because it can get pretty hot. We brought our small dog on the hike and it was very doable but challenging around the rocky part.