Pupukea Summit Trail

MODERATE 16 reviews

Pupukea Summit Trail is a 5.6 mile moderately trafficked loop 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.

5.6 miles 1681 feet Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

bugs

muddy

Tried to follow the loop - unsuccessfully. Ended up doubling back a few times.
Very isolated and great foliage.

hiking
14 days ago

Good hike!

21 days ago

3 months ago

Easy trail, great strawberry guava harvest :) and good little work out. Great if you want an easy few hours of wilderness - not epic views but some good ones, too much road walking for me

5 months ago

Not bad, it was a little long for my 5 year old but with a few breaks he made it... Clear cut path

8 months ago

walking
8 months ago

Nice clean trail, but the end summit view is blocked by multiple power lines

8 months ago

Awesome!!

hiking
10 months ago

Great hike in the woods with a good mix of up and down through switchbacks. If you do the loop I did there is about a 2 mile stretch where it is paved road but this is where you'll get some great views too.

1 year ago

Not sure if the juice was worth the squeeze. Quite an up hill hike for not that great of a view. If you do take this loop remember that part of the hike is on paved road. I saved the road for the end. The view of Waimea Bay is closest to the road. There wasn't much of a view on the actual trail. Lots of foliage and steep drop offs. Would not attempt if you're not in shape or don't like to get a good sweat.

hiking
1 year ago

Kaunala Trai

hiking
2 years ago

This loop trail reminds me of the Maunalaha-Kanealole at Tantalus. Very well graded, contour trail around the Pupukea-Paumalu Forest Reserve. The trail is wide enough to mountain bike on it but might be slippery and muddy after a rainfall. Great for families with young kids. 2.5-3 hours to complete the entire loop. The biggest disappointment about this trail is the 2 miles long road walking.

hiking
2 years ago

A nice little Trail for a sunny afternoon. Along the way you find pink wristbands stick to them and you never do a detour. At the top you will be rewarded with a great view over the Nort Shore and the Drop Off point of Skydive :) Do it - it will take you about 4.5h from the Backpackers Hostel.

hiking
2 years ago

We ended up doing over 7 miles by the time we made it back to the cars. I think there are several options because another group left the same time we did and they did around 4 miles. It was a good trail with a little mud. Not much for scenic views, lots of climbing but they were not steep climbs. This trail is a loop but it begins and ends in different places along a paved military access paved road. Parking is along the side of the road just out side the boy scout camp at the end of Pupukea Road. We crossed a few creeks but they were easy to cross and didn't give us much trouble. Some places along the trail were always shady so they didn't have a chance to dry out but it hadn't rained in a few days so it wasn't too bad. Bring plenty of water and snacks because this hike could end up being much longer than you expect, as it did for us.

hiking
3 years ago

This was a great hike! The path was narrow and the drop offs were steep. Area was beautiful and very jungly!

hiking
5 years ago

Don't know who said this is 5 miles beacuse it's 10! I took my kids and the poor little guys were exhausted! They are only 3 and 5.