Kuliouou Ridge Trail

MODERATE 159 reviews

Kuliouou Ridge Trail is a 4.4 mile heavily 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 are also able to use this trail.

4.4 miles 1848 feet Out & Back

dog friendly



mountain biking

trail running



wild flowers



This trail that rises almost 1800 feet before peaking on the spine of the Ko`olau Ridge. It's a great hike and a tough run, for it is steep, but it is very run-able and offers a great reward in the form of spectacular views. The locals say that you're suppose to run to the top, come back down to the picnic table, and then run back to the top again.

32 minutes ago

Amazing hike with pines in the middle of the walk and with an incredible "end of trail" spot! Worth it!!!!

2 days ago

The highest value ridge hike on the island. Best views on the shortest, safest, reasonably trafficked, and well maintained trail.

4 days ago

Absolutely incredible views; great trail!

6 days ago

We did this hike on an overcast day and that was a good idea. The weather was cool, a bit windy, gust probably up to 30 mph. The entry point is on Kalaau Street, not Kuliouou Rd. It's in a residential area, so street parking is limited. The trail entrance is a bit hidden, off to the right of the gated utility bldg for the water company. Plan for a 4 hour hike, in and out, with 12 rope areas to help you get up and down some steep/slippery areas. It is a lot of uphil trekking to get to the peak, based on my fit bit, the equivalent of 150 floors. If you go on a hot, sunny day, you will need a decent amount of water. Dress appropriately for a cooler day, it gets chilly up there. It's worth it, the views are spectacular. Coming back down can be harsh on your knees, so a word of caution there.

8 days ago

Well worth it! Great hike, but not a killer - amazing view at the top!!!

10 days ago

Quite muddy and encountered the thunder shower. Great view at the top

11 days ago

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13 days ago

awesome view...well worth the climb

18 days ago

You'll feel like you are climbing forever, but there is a lot of variety in scenery along the way. It's a pretty well-maintained trail. The view at the top is AMAZING. You can see just about everything!

We also saw a 300 pound wild boar with tusks on the way down. It was rustling loudly in the bushes and getting close to us, so my husband grabbed my hand and we got outta there.

Overall, this trail was a challenge but in a good way. It took us 3 hours exactly to complete. Bring lots of water and have fun!

20 days ago

The trail has tree coverage from the sun until you get closer to the ridge. Views at the top are stunning. Many roots on the trail that get slippery when wet.

21 days ago

Awesome hike, but definitely longer than posted. My Fitbit tracked 6 miles for us.

25 days ago

Beautiful views... bring lots of water. It took us about 1:20hrs to get to the top. There's a good amount of stairs towards the top too...

26 days ago

Amazing view and great workout! This took us a good 50 min to get up and a little over an hour to get down.

1 month ago

Great hike. Amazing views. Stairs are dicey when it's wet.

1 month ago

1 month ago

Awesome hike would not try to get to the top if it's at all wet... the stairs are the hardest bit I'd say. Unless you are experienced (I'm not really).

Very enjoyable hike. Can't really add anything more than what's already been said. It was quite muddy towards the top. If it is wet the climb down can get a bit slippery. Highly recommended.

1 month ago

1 month ago

Great hike. From the gate at the cul de sac, by one measure I had 4.9 miles round trip and by another I had 5.6, so not sure which it is. The steps at the end are a nice, tough finish, but the view from the top is awesome. Definitely recommend this hike.