Tripler Ridge Trail is a 10.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Honolulu, 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.
This hike is a long and continuous uphill trek with excellent views of the valleys on either side of Tripler ridge ending in a spectacular view of the windward side of the island. For those feeling really adventurous, you can continue onto the connector trails.
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definitely wear pants. the rope assisted portions along the approach are good. the rope closer to the top is too taught and becomes more of a danger than a help. dangerous in wet weather.
great views. steep first mile on paved trail. second mile trail gets thinner, more up and down and flats. must be able to access Tripler Army Medical Center to get to trail head
This was an awesome trail which we did in running clothes...should have had on pants to protect our legs from the branches/palms. Very difficult trail and certainly is rated properly at "hard". The reason I didn't give it a 5 star was because at 3.69 miles (shown on my gps) the trail went sharply down with no discernible way to continue on the ridge. We just didn't have the strength to go sharply down knowing we'd have to come back. The trail is not always recognizable so keep a close watch on where you're going. The yellow plum-looking things are delicious guavas.
Best hike I've been on very tough but rewarding, especially if you go all the way to the stairway to heaven!
Ended up on tripler ridge after trying to get to stairway from moanalua valley....so we kind of ended up doing 3 hikes in which one which was awesome. The top of tripler is great. You can see the leeward and windward sides of the island and on a clear day can even see Maui. Take binoculars if you got em because the views are spectacular! Best views on the island.
You can also get to this trail by starting on the Moanalua Valley Trail at the end of Ala Aolani St. Turn right onto marker 12 about a little over a mile in. When you turn onto the marker 12 trail you will begin scaling the ridgeline. You will know when you get to the top as it will T. Turn left onto the Tripler trail.
September 2015. Construction at the military family housing area remains ongoing and looks to be a long time before finishing. Today tried to do the tripler ridge trail and found the area fenced off as other hikers previously stated. Doesn't look like they'll be finishing anytime soon because we could see one house still only in the framing phase.
We tried going around via the water tank in the civilian community as others described but it too now has a new fence and razor wire around it. I went in thick brush about 20 yards around the BoWS fence (left, mauka ) thinking there might be a visible trail up top that would connect with tripler ridge but I did not find any. However, this was a week after the 40 days and nights of three near-miss hurricanes' rains, so maybe it was there but overgrown. Maybe I didn't go far enough around to find it. Whatever, had to go pick up my kid in town by this time so gave up at this point.
Possibly the scariest and most worthwhile hike on the island. Rule 1, don't start at 11am during the winter/rainy months. You'll freeze and be hiking in the dark.
Good luck with this one, I was up on July 5th. Tripler has blocked off the trailhead because of construction. David below talks about going to the water tank. That is now a no-go. There is a brand new razor wire fence installed on the road up. You can go around the fence and further up the road, "I have heard". Once you continue up the road there are motion sensors that set off crazy James Bondesque sirens, "I have Heard". If someone knows a different work around please let us know.
You can not start at Tripler housing right now. They are renovating or tearing them down so it is fenced off. Luckily I knew of a trail head at the Water tank in front of tripler. It will get you onto the tripler property and onto the ridge line trail. Park on ala mahamoe st and head up to the water tank and the trail is through the California grass to the right.
Went up Tripler and down Haiku stairs. Amazing Hike! Bring your best camera.
Things to do for this hike:
1. Stage a vehicle at both ends
2. Pack a jacket and wear pants. Not long socks, pants. Wear hiking shoes; not your 5 fingers or minimalist shoes. You will fall on your butt if you do.
3. Bring a lighter and matches. Just pack them they weigh nothing.
4. Bring double water. 100ml Camel back was empty after 4.5 miles. The extra two 20ml water bottles didn't last long either.
5. When you get to the red ropes along a ridge line that makes you feel close to death, you're not done yet. You have 1.5 miles of crawling to do.
6. When you reach an antennae/satellite on a platform go UPHILL. Do not follow the ropes down the earthen steps. It sucks and you reach a cliff with no way down except suicide, which I highly discourage.
7. Make sure you check the grid coordinates for the top of the stairway to heaven before you start. Write them on a piece of paper and bring along. iPhone batteries die.
8. It's windy, rainy, muddy, and very cloudy from miles 4-6. Embrace the suck!
9. Lots of snacks.
10. If you can't tell, my buddy and I almost spent the night on the ridge, bring survival gear and know where to go. Rule of thumb; keep going uphill until you see a concrete building covered in graffiti with a radar antennae on top.
10. Enjoy! Once you get to the metal stairs, it's a quick 3500 steps to the bottom.
Best hike on the island. Very Challenging.
Definitely for experienced hikers. If going alone (not recommended) bring water, gloves, sun protection, good trail shoes, and be rested, I would recommend going on a clear day, when its voggy up top you can get lost easy or lose your bearing. Fun though, strawberry guavas were in season... would have liked to have had a machete to clear some of the ferns on the trail!
Amazingly fantastic with a dash of gorgeous! I wouldn't describe this hike as a double diamond. I thought it was peaceful - perfect for those that like to hike. This is not a scenic walk like Diamond Head or Kokohead, this take planning (stage the cars, plenty of water, sweatshirt, snacks, more water, high socks etc.)
I went with an experienced hiker, which is always helpful.
Be careful and enjoy!
Lastly, we were actually attempting to do middle ridge, but ended up on Tripler Ridge, we missed a tun-off hiking in from Moanalua Valley....and we ended it going down Stairway to Heaven.
One of my new favs! I've down stairway before, but hated having to leave town around 2 am! Bring gloves, new ropes on the way up, and they'll also be handy for the rails down stairway. Also bring lots of water (i had 3.5 liters and ran out at the top of the stairs). Also, don't forget trail snacks and even a lite lunch. Watch each step and be careful up there and you're sure to have a great time.
Ended this trail with the stairway :-) awesome views even when cloudy/windy/rainy
This was an awesome trail! We started at Tripler Housing and took the trail down the Haiku Stairs. The first 3-4 miles aren't too bad - mostly uphill through the safe mountain jungle... but the last 2-2.5 miles are madness, starting right about after the mudslide! Be prepared to get muddy! As we got closer to the end, we realized it would be much better to just go through to the Haiku Stairs - we didn't park a second car and a taxi back to Tripler costs about $70 (but if you're low on water & energy, it's worth it). I'd recommend at least 3.5 liters of water - more if it's very sunny. We started the trail around 6:30am and it was cloudy most of the day, but sunny down the stairs. Don't forget to tell the taxi that you're going to be muddy so they can bring something to cover the seats! I also recommend wearing pants or capris/shorts with long socks to pull up to protect your legs from scratches. And if you're clumsy, I recommend knee pads. ;) Good luck and enjoy this trail! There is cell phone coverage most of the trail. BTW - it's about 6 miles ONE-way to the summit (took us about 5 hours one-way), add another hour to the Haiku stairs. My group was 3 marathon-running Marines and me.
This was an amazing trail! You definitely want to be a more experienced hiker, and to go with someone who has hiked this ridge before. After about 3-4 hours you will reach the summit, but then have the choice of continuing onto the connector trails. We decided to take the left that leads to the top of Haiku Stairs (Stairway to Heaven). We descended down the stairs to finish the hike. That route is much easier than going back to the starting point at Tripler. Just have cars parked at both ends.