Kealia Trail is a 7.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Honolulu, HI that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.
Graded ridge trail, views of gliders, parachutists and north and leeward shores Stewart Ball's Hikers guide to Oahu has an excellent description of the trail and is highly recommended for any hiking on Oahu. The trail head is across from the parking lot and proceeds inland on a wide paved road. Go around the chain and go left at the fork (keep concrete hanger on your right). At the base of the ridge follow the trail as it switchbacks up the face. At the top there is a covered picnic bench. Continue inland and ascend fire road. When you reach a junction near an old fence line go right. You will pass a rusted water tank on the right. Enter the Kuaokala public hunting area. At the next junction turn left. Turn left when you reach the T junction. Pass a small water catchment and tank on the right. At the junction with the Kuaokala Trail bear right and slightly up to ridge rim. You will be overlooking the Makua Valley Military Training Area.
great hike, lots of switch backs tho!
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.
lots of switchbacks. easy with dogs. easy to find. hardly any view at the top. really a wooded picnic area. best views are halfway up.
Not as hard as we thought it would be. Try this trail if you had no problems with Diamond head. Most of the trail is covered and the only "difficult" parts would be the winding path going up. you will notice the great view once you begin your descent.
Good workout. Nice views. Bringing my dog next time
hike was moderately challenging. views are nice up to the picnic area. if you keep going up and take the fork to the right, you get to a water tower with some nice artwork.
It was a nice hike.
Do this hike so your coming down at sunset it's beautiful. Easy hike with heaps of switchbacks, not a lot of view points after the picnic table but still beautiful. The
Kealia Trail has fantastic views of the entire North Shore (Waialua to Sunset Beach) and Makua Valley throughout the hike, but lacks a rewarding view at the summit. The trail has 19 switchbacks that make the climb manageable, even carrying a baby, and runs under moderate cover that provides some relief from the intense sun. Even so, bring plenty of water because the humidity makes this hike a sweaty one.
If you plan on through-hiking Kealia Trail to Peacock Flats to camp, you must coordinate with Dillingham Airfield Security to leave your car in the parking lot overnight.
lots of shade and very rockie! beautiful views
I've hiked this trail many times, but not in several years. It is incredible! I would call it moderate, as it is a bit of a climb. But you can't beat the views.
A lot of shade during winter time.
Very nice view all the way.