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.
Definitely a beautiful hike - not so demanding but not nearly as simple as Diamond Head. Prepare to sweat and enjoy some amazing views!
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'.
an excellent out and back hike, the views towards the end were stellar
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.