Kolekole Trail - Puu Hapapa via Honouliuli Contour Trail is a 4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Wahiawa, HI that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is accessible year-round.
Short but strenuous trail will sheer cliffs and many rock scrambles. Access is restricted but provided by the Schofield Barracks Garrison on specific hiking days. Kolekole Trail takes you to Puu Hapapa, the fifth highest mountain on the Waianae range. Access is via the Schofield Barracks Lyman Gate off Lyman Road that goes through Kolekole Pass. The trail itself is well graded at the start. Taking you pass the famous sacrificial rock and to the Lualualei overlook. From here, look for the trail going left through the California grass to a tunnel of trees. The trail continues past eroded sections and then to a stand of paper bark trees. It is here that there is a split to take the more exhilarating path up and through two notches (not for those who are afraid of heights!). This variation takes you on the Honouliuli Contour Trail instead by passing the rock scrambling notches. Instead it takes you along the contour pass a stream creek and up a finger ridge that connects directly to Puu Hapapa. Once on the finger ridge, it is a straight up hike with expansive views of Schofiled. The trail is well defined though it can be overgrown due to limited hiking traffic. There are a few rock scrambles and cliff drops but nothing too dangerous. Once the finger ridge connects with the main Waianae Summit Trail, the views will be on both sides, to the south west and north east. Just watch for windy days, and the weather changes quickly here as well. Puu Hapapa tops out at about 2800 feet with expansive 360 degree views. In all a good mix experience hike with contour, stream, and open ridge hiking.
It was a nice hike with 2 nice lookouts. Took me a total of about 2 hours to complete the hike. The trail is can be hard to follow at times but just follow the ribbons. If it's moist out the terrain can be a bit slippery so be cautious. I was expecting more of a strenuous hike seeing as how the rating is hard but I would say it's more on the moderate side. There was also a bit of ducking under trees and growth often toward the end of the trail.
Short hike. Maybe a mile. Beautiful view at the top.
A nice hike!
This was a beautiful hike through the forest with a breathtaking view at the top. It is family friendly to the first point, but after that I wouldn't recommend this hike while wearing your child. Bug spray and water is a must. There is a bench at the top, so you can sit and enjoy the view.