Pu'u Konahuanui Peak Trail is a 7.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Honolulu, Hawaii that features a waterfall and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from April until June.
Twin peaked Pu'u Konahuanui is the tallest mountain in the Ko'olau range. A very long strenuous hike that requires starting on different hiking trails to connect to the summit. Experienced hikers preferred, offers views of the Nu'uanu Valley/Windward Side. A Very muddy hike.
Do not underestimate this trail. Th last 1.5 miles is extremely difficult and sketchy at times.
super fun hike. I've done it several times. from pu'u ohia trail head to summit k2. only 2 hrs. I wouldn't say this is a dangerous hike at all. there are two routes you can take now. hard to explain but after the lookout of the reservoir you start on the trail head. after 5 mins on that trail you come to a fork in the trail. the left side is the more challenging one because it takes u along the side of the ridge line and that's where u experience the mud slides that have destroyed much of that trail. the right side of the trail back at the fork is safer and keeps u right on top of the ridge the whole time. there are a couple secret waterfalls. very difficult and time consuming to get to. elua pohaku falls has two very large boulders and is very unique but u have to take the water stream up to the top of the mountain to get there. no trail, just straight hike through the running water the whole way till u reach the two huge rocks... elua pohaku " two rocks" in Hawaiian. this is new to my knowledge no one knows of this and I believe I was the first to discover it on 9/26/16. good luck finding it.
Underestimated the trail. My route started on kalawahine trail to Puuloa flats to the lookout to about 2200 feet up right before the last major climb to K2. Both Kalawahine and Puuloa Flats were trail runnable which is exactly what i did all the way to the lookout. The difficulty spikes to advanced at this point. I was hugging the hills on all of my climb due to the wind, rain, and steep angle of ascent. I regretted running half the trail as i was feeling it about 2200 ft, looking directly at the final climb before K2. took a little under 3 hours with a break at my highest point. will save my energy next time and go slower to get to the top.
I did the loop which was about 10 miles it was all road very beautiful. I found a mango and ate it
This hike was unbelievable. Took us around 8 hours due to rains that hit and the incredible terrain. Felt like a mud run. For anyone looking for a real good adventure, this is more fun with wet conditions.
The first two hours has amazing roots and trippy looking things that catch your eye, along with the bamboo forest!
Well worth the hike, although both peaks were socked in fog, so no views. Took about 5.5 hours starting from Kalawahine Trail. Did it with Oahu Hikers & Adventurers -- a totally awesome hiking group from meetup.com. I only recommend this hike for advanced hikers. People have died on this trail.
This was a killer but worth every bit. By far the roughest hike I have been on since I moved to Oahu. Started at Manoa Falls and trekked all the way to the top of Konahuanui. The trail from the end of Pauoa Flats all the way to the top is virtually all ridge line. Once you get to K2 and start heading to K1 it is a very muddy adventure. Huge cliffs on either side so if heights make you queasy I do not suggest. Also, after the Flats it is pretty much up, up, up the rest of the way. If these things do not bother you I highly suggest this high. I has amazing views 360. Everything way socked in with clouds once I got to K2 but I trudged along to K1 and was fortunate enough to get a good clearing of clouds and was able to take it all in!
From Kalawahine trail-Pauoa Flats lookout point= 46 mins
Pauoa Flats Lookouut Point- Kaumuhonu junction=50 mins
Kaumuhonu Junction to K2 summit= 68 mins
Allow time for picture taking etc...
It's been about 15 years since I did this hike. My hiking buddy and I started out by jackass ginger, and went all the way to the summit. Overall, I'd say it took us about 8 hours (up & back down). This was probably the toughest hike I've done. However the views are spectacular! I remember climbiing the last ridge going up to the summit, and turning around to sit down and rest on the narrow ridge, and looking down at the clouds below me covering Nuuanu valley! That's when I thought, "what the heck am I doing up here?" Then, I turned around after resting a few minutes and snapping some photos to continue heading up to the summit.