Best trails in Honolulu, Oahu

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Looking for a great trail near Honolulu, Oahu? AllTrails has 101 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Ka'ena Point State Park or Ahupua'a O Kahana State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Keaiwa Heiau State Recreation Area or Kailua Beach Park. Ready for some activity? There are 37 moderate trails in Honolulu ranging from 0.6 to 7.4 miles and from 0 to 2,460 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Honolulu, Oahu
Top trails (101)
#1 - Koko Crater Trail
Koko Crater Regional Park
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Length: 1.8 mi • Est. 1 h 24 m
This is a steep climb to the top of Koko Head Crater with spectacular panoramic views of the east Honolulu shoreline. The 1000 plus step-like walking track consists of abandoned railroad ties that run along the crater's west side to the top of Koko Crater. The military used them previously during World War II as part of an incline tram to transport supplies to a lookout post at the summit. A short drive from Diamond Head and Waikiki, this popular hiking trail can be accessed at Koko Head Park in Hawaii Kai. This is a great workout with a beautiful view at the summit - don't forget to bring water! Visitors might also be interested in the Koko Crater Botanical Garden which can be accessed inside the crater. Visitors can drive around the crater to the opposite side to access the gardens. Show more
#2 - Kuliouou Ridge Trail
Kuliouou Forest Reserve
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Length: 4 mi • Est. 2 h 43 m
This trail that rises almost 1800 feet before peaking on the spine of the Ko`olau Ridge. It's a great hike and a tough run, for it is steep, but it is very run-able and offers a great reward in the form of spectacular views. The locals say that you're suppose to run to the top, come back down to the picnic table, and then run back to the top again.Show more
#3 - Wiliwilinui Ridge Trail
Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii
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Length: 4.5 mi • Est. 2 h 54 m
The trailhead is in a gated community, Waialae Iki. There is a guard house where the guard will write down your license plate number and give you a parking pass. There are a limited number of passes. This trail starts out on paved road eventually turns into a dirt track.Show more
#4 - Ka'au Crater
Round Top Forest Reserve
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Length: 7.3 mi • Est. 4 h 26 m
This site is open to the public although it is on privately owned land. This hike is challenging and can be slippery and dangerous. If you don't know how to navigate in the outdoors you should consider another trail that is well-marked OR hike the trail in a counter-clockwise route as far as the waterfall and return the way you came. This is an amazing hike with three waterfalls and gorgeous views of Honolulu, Kaneohe, Kailua, Diamond Head, and Ka'au Crater. This hike is not too challenging until the 3rd waterfall which you climb up to get to the ridge portion of the hike. This is where it got extremely muddy and a bit dangerous. The view from the top of the ridge is incredible! Pack more food and water than you think you'd need, it's very steep and tiring. The trailhead is cleverly hidden behind the mailboxes on left of the road at the end of Waiomao Road which is a right turn off of 10th Street. You will see the hand lettered sign on the tree behind the mailboxes and the trail starts DOWN from there.Show more
#5 - Makiki Valley Loop Trail
Round Top Forest Reserve
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Length: 3.8 mi • Est. 2 h 17 m
As of May 2020, the front gate leading to the trail is still closed due to COVID 19. Parking is to the left right before the gate. The gate is CLOSED, but there is a trail off to the side that leads to the head of the trail. Part of the Hawaii Trail Walk system.Show more
#6 - Mount Olympus Awaawaloa via Wa'ahila Ridge Trail
Wa'ahila Ridge State Recreation Area
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Length: 5.9 mi • Est. 3 h 29 m
Note: Starting Monday, Nov. 2, Hawaiian Electric crews will be installing new steel poles at Waahila Ridge State Recreation Area until Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020. They are installing new steel poles at Waahila Ridge State Recreation Area to replace the existing aluminum tower structures which are several decades old. The project is part of a phased upgrade to improve resilience in East Oahu. The work will require the daily closure of the parking lot and hiking trails, 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., except weekends and holidays. At times, a helicopter will be used to transport equipment and materials to the work site located high on the ridge trail. The temporary closure will ensure the safety of recreational hikers and mountain bikers who are urged to exercise extreme caution when the trail is available during this period. The public can check the Na Ala Hele Trail & Access Program website (https://hawaiitrails.hawaii.gov/trails/#/) for updates on the trail closure days, which are subject to change without notice. Starting from Waahila State Park, it takes about an hour to reach the Kolowalu junction to the left and the ridge to the top on the right. For the most part the trail is very well graded even past the unmaintained section. Mostly a ridge hike. Can be windy most of the time. Heavily eroded sections but they do not pose extreme danger. Some rock scrambling but very doable. The hike starts off pretty simple on a wide path the just keeps going up. You soon get to a junction where you go left and from then on the hike starts going up and down over the ridges. There are some rocky sections that involve small amounts of climbing up and down but other then that the hike is pretty easy. Once toward the top you get great views of Manoa Valley and Palolo Valley. At the end of the trail you meet the Kolowalu trail which is a steeper hike that will take you down into the back of Manoa Valley. There is also a trail past the end of the trail sign. This goes to the top of Mt.Olympus and should not be attempted by novice hikers. If you do choose to go past it be aware the trail gets a lot skinnier and has numerous rope sections that you will have to climb to reach the summit.Show more
#7 - Moanalua/Kamananui Valley Trail
Honolulu Watershed Forest Reserve
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Length: 9.3 mi • Est. 5 h 44 m
The trail begins at the end of Moanalua Valley at Moanalua Valley Park. The trail starts as a road barred by a green gate. The road eventually turns to an unimproved road and later a narrow trail. The trail to the top of the Haiku Stairs (Stairway to Heaven) is also on this trail approximately 2 miles past the trailheadShow more
#8 - Judd Trail
Round Top Forest Reserve
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Length: 1 mi • Est. 31 m
This hike has only side street parking. Please use caution in preventing theft by taking valuables with you. Show more
#9 - Pu'u Konahuanui Peak Trail
Round Top Forest Reserve
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Length: 7.4 mi • Est. 4 h 41 m
Twin peaked Pu'u Konahuanui is the tallest mountain in the Ko'olau range and offers views of the Nu'uanu Valley/Windward Side. A very long strenuous hike that requires starting on different hiking trails to connect to the summit, this is only recommended for experienced hikers. Often a very muddy hike.Show more
#10 - Pu'u Pia Trail
Honolulu Watershed Forest Reserve
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Length: 1.9 mi • Est. 1 h 15 m
This is a great option for a short route in a nice and shaded lush forest most of the hike. Beautiful tree roots to follow along the trail, exotic flowers and huge leaves makes you feel like you're in Ferngully!Show more
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