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Probably the best hike in Oahu in terms of difficulty, beautiful scenery, semi-challenging rock climbing sections, and then the viewpoint from the first peak. We made it to the second peak, but decided not to go all the way to the third peak due to the sketchiness of the ropes on the backside of the second peak. Nonetheless, it was simply beautiful from the top! Highly recommended! Hope the weather is in your favor!

Just bear in mind that a large portion behind Treetop Restaurant and the formerly Paradise Park is owned by Roman Catholic Church of Hawaii and a major portion around Waiakeaua and Waaloa by BWS.

I did this hike on a rainy day during a weekday, I’m sure it’d be twice as amazing on a dry day. The hike itself is a great challenge. I did it solo, it gets challenging near the end but I met a couple of adventurers already at the top who helped me along the way. It was good challenge and I’d definitely do it again if I had more time.

3 days ago

Humid but not hot due to tree and then fog cover. Occasional fantastic views. Muddy, trail runners are okay. Overall great!:)

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6 days ago

Last time I did this, one of the ropes snapped and this guy fell 15ft. Luckily it was into about 12-18in of water, but he took a bad tumble down some rocks. He was seriously shaken, looked like he broke his wrist, but he was stubborn and his partner wanted to get he out of there so after a few minutes of recovering they just left.

Sobering reminder, don't trust ropes. On unmaintained trails, nobody is checking them and it doesn't take long for Hawaii's wet humid climate compromise the strength. You fall and get hurt it's on you, nobody is footing the bill for you.

FYI find the trail via the Pu'u Pia intersect. Do not follow the map/GPS directions on this page, it will take you to a closed trail head

Great ridge trail. Challenging, but much safer than others I have hiked. Not a great hike for small children, but everyone else can enjoy it. It was muddy today, recommend hiking boats or trail runners. Tennis shoes might not cut it for some people.

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9 days ago

did this home on a very windy day. very fun and awesome views. a little slick but I think as long as you've done a few hikes before you won't have any trouble

9 days ago

Be careful! All Trails does not lead to the correct trailhead. I ended up on the Notches trail and it was intense and dangerous due to wind and slippery slopes.

You will know you’re at Pali Puka trail if you see the “Trail Closed” sign. Facing the Pali lookout, the trail is to the left NOT RIGHT. It was a great hike, definitely recommend.

I would not attempt notches trail in wind, rain, or alone.

Awesome hike. According to my GPS it 2.3 miles each way and all uphill. My five year old was a trooper and did it, but she has been building up to these hikes. l carried my three year old in a kid carrier and l would highly recommend a good walking stick for coming back down the summit stairs. All in all one our favorite hikes on the Island.

An alternate way without going through security is starting the hike from Wailupe valley,and climb steeply till you hit the dirt road before the start of the steps.

11 days ago

After completing stair way to heaven last week, everyone has been telling me this is next. So I will crush it this weekend. Who’s coming or doing it this weekend?? IG: @hgonzo7

11 days ago

looking for a group to hike this with me, or any other cool hikes, anytime in the next few weeks. DM me on Instagram @jessie.young

I have hiked many trails in Hawaii and this view and trail is an all time favorite. The view I like even more then the super popular diamond head and koko head trails. You will hike all the way up the mountain where there is usually a big cloud of fog but if you go on a clear day the 360 view is just amazing. Its about 3 hours round trip if you take time to enjoy the views. When I first did the trail I was confused because the only way to get there is through a security gate in a private residential area. Turns out you need to go up to him tell him you are there for the trail, give your id and receive a one day pass. There is no other route to go to get there. It will get muddy but the path is wide enough such that if you position yourself properly you will likely just slip and get dirty as opposed to falling to your death. This is a must do trail here it should be full 5 stars.

12 days ago

Loved this hike! Reccomend a high fitness level and not being afraid of heights and some intense rock scrambles if attempting all 3 peaks. Allow for Approx 3 hrs return if moving fast.
Be aware I recieved a $35 ticket for parking just outside the golf complex with everyone else.

Love this trail because it's a loop - you don't have to look at the same thing in and out. There are three waterfalls along the trail and a decent amount of rope work up the last waterfall. Our group likes to swim at the first fall. Takes you up along the crater then all the way around and back down. Make sure you swing left when you get to the top and start making your way out of the crater. Taking a right will take you on a completely different trail (this is the one that connects to Wa'ahila). I've done this a few times and every time I slid down the steep muddy parts on my butt. Make sure your shoes are water-friendly. Try not to go after big rains (kind of a give/take bc the waterfalls will be bigger after rain).

The hike was muddy and so much fun. A puzzling/challenging yet not very physically demanding. I went with a guy I met on instagram. I sent him a dm asking for advice and eventually led us to go on this hike together. He was so awesome to hike with. There was not a single moment of silence. He talked about his inspiring dream of eventually becoming a guide for hiking. He took me on this hike for free and just for the fellowship; however I tipped him $20 anyways because the experience was best part of trip to Hawaii. I honestly thought $20 was cutting him short. If you want a guide that isn’t just a stick that gives you directions then hit him up! He probably won’t ask for money but after you go on a hike with him you would want to pay for the experience. His instagram @ is “mvrkb”. He will not only be a guide but a friend that you could always come back and see when you to Hawaii. I promise you

14 days ago

This is a fantastic hike! The trail generally ends where the lookout "hole" is. For more experienced hikers/climbers, keep going. When you're standing at the lookout, behind you there is a trail that goes into the woods and leads to a muddy climb with ropes to the top of the mountain. You can explore a little further even. The entire ridge is able to be hiked, so you could continue on to Lanihuli (completely different peak). If you do plan on doing that start early and again, its only for experienced hikers.

14 days ago

Bring lots of water and food. Go on a clear day.

Really nice trail. Hard but it’s worth it. You have to be ready to climb several times during the hike. Also, it was very muddy even if it didn’t rain much in the last week. Wouldn’t recommend if it’s raining and it would be better to start the hike in the morning if you want to finish it before dark (takes 5 to 6h if you do the loop). Bring more water than you think you’d need.

Did this hike 7/26/2018 arrived at 1pm. I wish i checked the weather bc the whole trail was muddy going up. When I got to the stairs at the top there were no views because a cloud had taken over everything. As i was coming down it started to pour fairly heavily. That being said i’d do it again on a clear day

19 days ago

Will preface this LONG post by saying: I am an average person. I am in decent shape, but I have certainly been in better shape. I don’t rock climb. I was raised in the Midwest and live out in the flats still, but love to hike when on vacation. I am by no means an expert hiker, my balance could use some work along with my lower body strength.

The hike to the first peak is one of the most gorgeous hikes on Oahu (I have done about 7-8 others on the island). I was fortunate to have good weather. The initial portion is a steady climb up some clay footing which would’ve been a mud party in the rain. Once it starts to get consistently rocky, you’ve hit approximately halfway. I didn’t feel the rope portions were too bad going up - I only used about half of them. Always be careful, but I felt the ropes were of fine quality. It does become more steep as you ascend. The infamous rock wall you have to scale is not the scariest part, in my opinion. If you’re afraid of heights (I like to think I am not afraid, rather, I have a healthy fear of the potential to slip and die), this could get a bit scary. I still felt there was enough real estate on either side to be safe. Once you get “north of the wall”, you’ll walk a narrow-ish ridge to get to an area of rock scramble to get to the very top. I had a moment of panic here as I didn’t climb up the rocky path and decided to inch myself along the ridge before climbing up the rocks. Maybe don’t do that? After that, you’ll get the most amazing views of the island! Rest a bit and enjoy the view.

The descent had me a bit amped- a kind dude helped me down the rock scramble to part and I ran into some equally kind folks who I ended up hiking down with. Ropes were more helpful going down. I did not need gloves to do the climb. I did the climb in trail running shoes (no, I don’t really do much of that either) and felt safe.

Nature wins every time, so as long as you are honest with yourself about your limits, and are mindful of your footing as you get to the top, you’ll be fine. Take your time, and take a buddy if you can. I’d do it again....but with a buddy.

21 days ago

I will be in Oahu next week (July-29 to August 5) visiting family. I would like to hike this trail, Moanalua Valley trail and other more spots. Feel free to email me at nico.marchan@yahoo.com or message me on my instagram: @nicocarlosmarchan if you want to join me and others to hike these trails.

finding safe and legal parking can be difficult then a long walk via golf course road to the trailhead. this is a dangerous trail. where you need to be extremely careful. I've personally been involved in a rescue on this trail where a hiker in front of me fell over a 100ft.

22 days ago

If you are starting from the Woodlawn Dr / Alani Dr hairpin turn, follow the paved road pass the houses and soon the official trail will start. Walk past the chain link fence. You will then come to a fork. If you take the right one, this is the Kolowalu Trail that connects to Waahila Ridge Trail. To go to Waiakeakua, take the left fork, past a picnic table with shelter, to Pu’u Pia trail. About half way in where the trail makes a u turn , look to your right for an opening with ribbons. Go down steeply with some ropes section ( some of the ropes might be missing ) until you reach the bottom. From here, you can hear and see the stream. Thats the Waiakeakua stream. Follow it and cross the stream rock hopping over. This is where you can see some old disuse tunnels and water pipes with a nice swimming hole ( Queens Bath). Climb up a rock stairs and keep follwing the narrow trail...this will eventually lead you to the falls of Waiakeakua.
Another way to access it is via the bridges of Manoa via Waaloa Place. Look out alltrails Seven Bridges of Manoa and there should be directions to it. This is another way of getting to Waiakeakua/ Naniuapo falls. The last time I did it this way, one of the bridges is gone due to fallen tree. The route is now very unkempt and messy.

The first fall is easy to get to but the subsequent falls require some climbing.

Check out my previous tracks. I’ve done it many times before.

Some of the ropes to the upper falls might not be there anymore...

Hawaii Loa Ridge Trail is not on a PRIVATE property but it is a NA ALA HELE STATE TRAIL. It is just that to access you, you have to go through a security check point. All you need is an ID ( and available parking spots at the trailhead) to hike it. It is the same like Wiliwilinui.

Both Hawaii Loa Ridge and Wiliwilinui Ridge can also be hiked via Kulepeamoa in Niu valley and Wailupe in Aina Haina without having to go through the checkpoints.

23 days ago

The views are simply amazing. If you don’t like wind or ridges it’s not the trail for you. But if you live insane 360 views that will take your breath away then you are good to go. I went for sunrise and it was one of my favorites ever.

Took us 1.5 hrs to reach the end of trail. A bit on the cloudy side. We could see ( with my telephoto lens) tanks and amphibious vehicles all along Bellows Beach and the tarmac area. It must be the RIMPAC exercise going on at the present moment. Quite a good cardio workout and its been awhile since we came up here the last time in 2016.
Wiliwilinui Ridge Trail is very similiar to Hawaii Loa Ridge , Kuli’ou’ou Ridge Trail and Mariner’s Ridge ( closed). A longer version of these are the Waahila Ridge Trail to Awa’awa’loa or Olympus and Mau’umae Trail to Lanipo.

Sign at the entrance says closed

24 days ago

Disappointed the entrance past the golf course gate is closed to hikers after 4pm

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