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Awaawaloa via Waahila Ridge Trail

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Awaawaloa via Waahila 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 2080 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.


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24 days ago

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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.


1 month ago

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


1 month ago

Stay on the trail!


1 month ago

hiking

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!


2 months ago

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3 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.


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5 months ago

Awesome hike ! Beautiful View at the top !


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1 year ago

hiking

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.


1 year ago

great hike plenty of views. good for dogs. not so good for kids under the age of 5.


1 year ago

hiking


1 year ago

Good challenging hike but not the best ridge. This is a good hike to amble about and explore the Norfolk trees closer to the trailhead entrance, otherwise definitely consider going past the end of Waihila and to Mt Olympus. The views from Olympus are spectacular.


1 year ago

Excellent lookouts and views of Honolulu, Koko crater, Waimanalo, Kailua, and the Waianae range in the distance. The day was partly cloudy and perfect for this hike. There are roots and rocks, some climbing and ropes. You can see the ocean on the north, south, and east of the island. You truly feel like you're in the center if it all. Up to the top took us a little over 2 hours, back down took us a little over 1 hour. I saw several small dogs and some children on the hike, but I wouldn't recommend going all the way to Olympus with kids as there's a very narrow ridge section for a quarter mile. The false summit right before this ridge gives you amazing views either way.


1 year ago

hiking

Another variation to this hike is the approach from Kolowalu trail deep inside Manoa Valley. The trailhead is in between houses at the end of Alani Drive. Bus No.6 goes there in case you don't have a car.


1 year ago

hiking

Moderate hike with some difficult areas, not a hike for everyone and small children may have issues in some areas. Would not recommend doing this hike after a heavy rain. Gorgeous look out areas along the way. Definitely worth it!!