Wiliwilinui Ridge Trail is a 4.5 mile out and back trail located near Honolulu, Hawaii that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Wiliwilinui is about 4.8 miles long and located near Wailupe, Hawaii. The trail is great for hiking and normally takes a half day.
Great hike! With a great view.
Parking was very easy at the road that acts as the trails head. Check in with the gate guard for the community. The guard will direct you to the parking areas.
Hike was initially super easy and uneventful. Lots of the Willy Willy trees to be seen and we smelled guava at one point. The trailhead, maintained by the sierra club, begins the ascent of the Ridgeline. Several places to stop for awesome views. Making up to the radio station gives a great view of Honolulu and Diamondhead. go a little further and look at the other side of Oahu.
Oh man, there's something about Hawaii and stairs. Then again, the ridge is too narrow for switchbacks so what else can you do?
Gorgeous hike, especially once you get to the ridge and see windward. There's also a path to hike along the ridge from the top and I think you could get a nicer view of Koko if you go to that side. If I get another chance I'll do that.
Looking for a killer cardiac workout??? THIS IS IT. The incline is crazy, but the views make it all worth while. Bring plenty of water because you will need it! So many times we all wanted to give up, but keep pushing! Once you make it all the way to the top, the view of both side of the island are incredible. I highly recommend this for those looking for a challenge. LOTS of stairs. Good shoes with treads are highly encouraged. Don't forget to take it all in along the way!
Quick and easy hike. Tons of stairs. But overall a great trail! Would do it again!
My husband and did this trail yesterday. We're from Florida and in pretty good shape and thought a moderate rating was accurate. The trail is close to 5 miles round trip. Starts out pretty easy with mostly a walking up incline through woods but it was pretty muddy and slick in some areas (we had on running shoes and were okay, boots would have been better). Once you're about halfway up you hit a lot of stairs and the harder portion of the hike. There were a few ropes in areas and we only used one. We would recommend this hike if you're looking for a good workout and good views.
Ok, so when people say this trail is muddy.. they aren't joking. It. Is. Muddy. As in you'll look like you just left a spa mud bath, muddy. There is no getting around it.
The hike itself wouldn't be all that difficult if it weren't for the mud. Makes it pretty hard to get traction and you end up slipping and sliding a lot. Would recommend real hiking boots (spikes or grips if you have them) and a walking stick(s). All that being said, if you're prepared to get dirty, it's kind of fun going through all the mud.
The views from the top are nice. We went on a cloudy day but still were able to catch glimpses of Honolulu down below and the ocean.
All in all, I probably wouldn't do this hike a second time, but to have an adventure and do something dirty at least once was fun.