Pu'u Manamana Turnover Trail is a 3.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Hauula, HI that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.
One of the more difficult and treacherous hikes on the island of Oahu. The hike takes you up to the rock formation known as Crouching Lion and then rides a ridgeline up and down. Very good challenge for the sure-footed hiker. The trail head is passed the fishpond, heading back towards Kaneohe direction, near a telephone pole that is marked with a fluorescent marker. There is a rope at the trail head to aid your start. Amazing views of the Kahana Ahupuaa (land division). This is not an easy hike. Balance is crucial. Skip this one if you are afraid of heights and be careful if it is gusty. Note that this trail does not attempt Pu'u Manamana at all. It goes to a turnover point in which most will stop and traverse down and out to complete the loop. True Manamana lies ahead and is only for the extreme hiker. A variant of this trail is to approach it from Kahekili instead.
Very fun hike. Make sure to wear pants and good boots it is a very muddy trail system after the rocky ridge.
One of my favs...
Beautiful hike. Pretty steep and then along the ridge with fantastic views. Narrow path along the ridge, and it was high!
If you end up doing the loop be prepared for a 6 hr day.
Ended up lost in the clouds, going too far on the trail. wet and slippery required focus. Decided to back track and ended up on the right trail again.
Pretty steep getting up but a good hike, not to be done if persistent rain happens.
The steep climb to the top was hard but the view is worth it! Amazing! Gloomy and rainy weather when we went but will do this hike again when it's clear.
This review is only for the Crouching Lion part of the hike.
We went in the morning during a weekday and parked to the right of the street were others were parked. Cross the road, and follow the road to the left until you see some trail clearings to your right into the trees. The trail wasn't too busy and it was nice to be able to follow people to make sure things were safe. Try to follow the trail and go up, up, up. I found myself getting winded pretty quickly. Once you're at the clearing, the trail splits off left and right. Go left to go to the crouching lion part (to the right is Pu’u Manamana). It can get steep and slippery due to the rocks, and I found myself holding onto tree roots to help myself up. This is a great, short hike and this was the first hike we did as an introduction to Oahu.
Visited January 2016
Hike is not easy but the reward when you get up is well worth it. Amazing
Awesome hike kind hard very slippery but totally worth it view is breathtaking not too long about 30 minutes up if you like adventure you should go for it !
Went to the top of ohulehule! Awesome-hike requires bushwacking so wear long pants
Only went a short way after the lion. Beautiful views! If it has been raining, it is very slippery on the way back down. Very windy when I went, so watch your footing.
Hike was hard not for children or people who are scared of heights steeper then we expected with a couple cliffs you walk next to but when you get their it's worth it
Went up this today. Super muddy and a little dangerous. But way fun and great views!
Amazing hike with gorgeous view of the mountains and beach, don't know why people are saying they hiked through a dense rainforest for hours, if you do that you are lost and terrible at navigation, at most you should only be in the Forrest during part of the ascent. Things to bring, big 3 bottles of water minimum, good hiking shoes with grip, (I have done it with tennis shoes but it's a lot harder) if you rock climb there are plenty of opportunities just bring the proper equipment, and make sure you are going on the right path because there are 5 different entrances to this hike take the farthest one on the left and look for the pink ribbons
Hated this trail. After the first great view it's a long hike on the inside of the ridge through the humid forest. Trail is unmarked in the middle and you're basically on your own. BRING BUG SPRAY. I recommend only going half way up either way because the middle of this trail is garbage. Takes 4 - 5 hours mostly through the woods with no views beware.