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I really enjoyed this. The most uphill climb I’ve ever done, potentially more exhausting than Koko Head. The trail brings you across many peaks, so there will be a lot of ascending followed by descending, again and again. Best view I’ve seen in Oahu or anywhere in my life. We started from Kolowalu and it ended up being almost 8 miles in total. The trail was dry so the ropes weren’t needed, but were nice to have as option. Only saw three other groups of hikers over the course of four hours. We saw a dog too, honestly unsure how he did it because this is a VERY steep incline. I would do it again.

I will rate this for intermediate. It’s worth views from the top peaks that’s can look down on South Pacific Coast and on the East Pacific Coast. ARPORN GRUADNOK, KEITH JELBART & ALEX JELBART. We were went up to the top quicker than I thought. That’s Day was wet conditions very steeped up from the left we used the rope section recline upon the higher spots. The peaks fully of ferns over growth. But I did went up from very steep side. And another time I went up to the right side was with TERA MOELLA, HEATHER MEISINGER LOHMILLER. Felt like you’re trained in military. The peaks was connecting to Mount Olympus of K1/K2. It’s Amazingly views of Highest streak mountains up there. Was greatly breathtaking views from both sides. The rains had stop we’re still continued doing the hikes with slippery muddy conditions. Sky was clearly off after wards. The Views of Diamond Head was clearly, Koko Crater, Hanauma Bay, towards PACIFIC OCEAN, Waikiki towards runways, North PACIFIC, Coastal that’s can see clearly distances from where we’re stands above the sea levels about 2,500ft up. On the ways back I was run down fast. Apart from overall is beautifully views, lovely highly peaks along with each other from South towards the North. Gorgeous hikes with highly mountains ranks..........

Amazing Trail! Go early in the morning to avoid the crowd. We went yesterday and arrived at the trail head at 10am. We completed the hike in about 3.5 hours and it was completely clear at the look out point and incredibly beautiful, if you are on the island this week you should go now while the weather is perfect for it. Definitely a VERY muddy hike, you need to be careful to not slip on your way down but it was all doable and there are a lot of walking sticks at the entrance to help you keep balance if needed.

The walk up can be steep in parts but for me it was easier than the way down because I didn't have to worry about slipping as much. We saw a family of goats and a small spotted baby pig on our way back up as well!

Can anyone tell me if this trail is open? I am in Kauai for the week and desperately want to get out to this trail

3 days ago

Did this hike in May2018-Hiked down to the floor of the crater, which took hours, but isn’t the full 11 miles like this hike says. Didn’t see a point in walking to a hut since we were doing out and back to our rental car. The trek was difficult on the way up, but the alternating views between clouds was well worth the sweat + effort !


We lost our phone out there and are willing to pay someone (ANYONE who is a little better at climbing Hawaii terrain than the two of us) if they can retrieve it? Here’s hoping. We dropped a pin around the area we realized it had fallen. Along with the recording in AllTrails I’m pretty confident on the almost exact place it would be. Please help. Loads of memories in that thing. Email b.chrde@gmail.com
As for the trail:
I don’t know if the amount of times I prayed and feared for my life should get 5 stars or 1... definitely as good as it gets. You’re in there. In the belly of the freaking rainforest. Knee high mud climbing up ridge with drops at either side. So. Much. Mud. Should have read the reviews before hand. Would have opted out of the whole life threatening mudslide of a 7 hour hike. Was not prepared.

4 days ago

Great hike with lovely views at the top, sadly we didn’t get to see the views at the top looking over the other side due to being cloudy but still worth it for the views back over. Did this hike 11th December and toke us just over 3 hours in total. It was very muddy and slippy at times but manageable even when we got caught in a rain shower. At the end there is some ropes in places to help you up. There is parking for about 6/7 cars and the lovely security card will give you a card to display on your dashboard. The path was really easy to follow and we only saw 3 others doing this walk.

You will know once you reach the terminus. There will be a sign warning you not to proceed further. There will also be a small bench for one to enjoy the sweeping views, on a clear day. You should be able to see the windward side. Once you reach the FM station, there will be one more hill to climb. If it has been raining, it can get pretty slick and muddy.

Great trail too bad it was too misty to see the overlook! i have friends who have done it a handful of times and never seen the overlook. Very muddy.

6 days ago

Very muddy , but other then that really liked this hike very pretty . Took my 9 year old and 7 year old and they did really good with this hike

We have just done it today. 12/10. It was absolutely doable by a 2wd car.
The view was great but the waves were too big for going far into the water.

Great, rewarding, steep hike. If you go on a partly cloudy or cloudy day you will only see mist towards the tops of the ridges and not much of a view. When you reach the set of stairs and think you’re done, you’re not. When you next think you’re done, nope, keep going. Ah, finally! You have reached the top. Just kidding another false alarm! I think the last 45 minutes up we kept thinking we MUST have reached the top as there were no other higher peaks around us. The clouds are deceiving. We plan to go back on a sunny day. A few parts with ropes but you don’t really need them to climb. I would recommend this hike

12/9/2018-We were originally going to visit Kamananui Valley to see the streams but there wasn’t any stalls available by 0800 so we headed over to Waimano instead and started around 0810. A fence was recently put in place so there’s not as much parking along the road, but not too bad for parallel stalls. Only came across a pair of hikers the whole time. The lower trail was muddy as expected but it was nice to be out and about. It was especially nice because it wasn’t too hot so you could feel the cool breeze coming from the stream!

8 days ago

Nice trail for forest and H3 views. Moderately trafficked on a Sunday, and quite a few runners on the trail. We brought our dog, and even though he was worn out towards the end, it wasn't too hard for him. The ending is a little rough, very muddy. Very nice, well rounded hike.

I did this one coming in from the north on Ka'ena Point Via Farrington Hwy. The combined hike, round trip is approximately 10 Miles Great views and lost of photo opportunities on the Ka'ena Point Trail (from South) well worth the hike. There are a few places along the hike where the trail has been washed away but there is still ways to get around.

Recommendations for this one is, if you are going to combine both Ka'ena Point Trail (from South) and Ka'ena Point Via Farrington Hwy bring lost of water and snacks. If you are doing the Ke'ena Point Trail (from south) only and head out late in the day late bring a head lamp otherwise you may find yourself just walking off the path and standing in the ocean.

Took us 3hr and 40min. The way back up is definitely harder but not impossible! The view point at the end is the best thing I’ve ever seen. Love this trail!!!

Once you get to the junction of Nuuanu/Pauoa Flats Trail ( with a newly installed board walk), turn left and walk past Aihualama junction to Manoa Falls. This muddy trail will lead you to a nice lookout point , Pauoa Flats Lookout with a small bench on a cliffside. Take a moment and enjoy the view or you can continue on...

Super good work out trail!

great hike; weather and temperatures can change very quickly; be prepared.

This ridge hike on east Oahu shares many similiar features and views with other hikes nearby like Waahila-Olympus, Ka’au Crater, Mau’umae/Lanipo, Wailupe Ridge, Hawaii Loa Ridge, Kulepeamoa Ridge, Kuliou’ou Ridge ( both east and west), Hahaione ( there are several ways to do hike this), Kamiloiki Ridge, Mariners Ridge ( closed) and Kamehame Ridge ( need permit). You can also start from the Makapuu Lookout and hike along the Koolau Summit via the Makapuu Tom Tom trail which passes the Makapuu Puka. These are just some of the more popular ones on east Oahu.

Give about 3-3.5 hrs to complete this hike.

11 days ago

Hiked December 2018,

Ok for starts, unlike most of the trails on the island, you actually have to get a permit in order to hike this trail. There are two Doppler Radars on top of this mountain that belong to the US Air-force and you will need to mail off for the permit ahead of time and present it to the guard at the main gate. Once you’re past that guard, two more guards will meet you at another checkpoint to let you back to where the tile starts. You’ll see a small barricade down at the bottom of a hill that will let you know where to park and a sign before you get to the actual hiking trail describing the location of a few more hikes in that area.
Make sure you pay attention to this next part so I can save you the trouble of repeating our mistakes. The sign I just mention will point you in the direction of the off road trail made for any 4WD vehicle. The actual hike you are looking for is kinda hidden on the other side to your immediate right of the off road trail. Again, make sure you pay attention to that detail because my happy ass went hiking 4.5 miles down the off road trail just to get to the same location that the actual Kuaokala trail takes you to.
It was actually a blessing in disguise since we didn’t bring the leash for the dogs and probably would have regretted it on the actual trail anyway. There are signs posted on a fence at the top that tells you the area is hazardous to dogs due to the snares they have set up to catch pigs and Ferrell goats. I’m actually glad we went the long way around because the view at the top of the hike has to be one of the most beautiful openings I have seen since I’ve been on the island. Had we hiked the correct trail, it would have spoiled the surprise.
This hike was worth the 5 hours we put into it just for the view alone. The actual real hike would have taken an hour at most but I’d definitely do it again and highly recommend it.

12 days ago

The trail starts next to the basketball courts. It took a minute to find, but was easy to follow once I did. It’s in better shape than I thought for a trail that I assume doesn’t get much traffic. It took about an hour to get the first good view of the valley from the ridge. Approaching the summit, it gets a bit more overgrown with some scrambling sections. This is an all-day hike to the summit and back.

This one was a little tough especially since I Uber there and the driver would only take me so far. But it was all worth it for the amazing views that this trail provided. I would do it again!

Intermediate hike. About 5 hrs round trip from start to Koolau Summit and back. It will wear one out from all the steep climbing.

13 days ago

Take counterclockwise route. Gorgeous trail on the way up, KST is overgrown as usual, way down is very tracked out. Great trail for the experienced Hawaii hiker--3:30 solo trail time

Went from the Pali over to Manoa falls then back. This time going up the ridge to the first clearing. Well worth it. Just make sure to be ready to get your feet wet when coming from the Pali, you have to cross a stream. Super fun.

Doesnt take an entire day to do this. About 5 hours on a constant pace or give yourself 6 hrs max. I started at 2:30 pm yesterday and completed it by 6:30 pm. The park gate closes at 6:45 pm. during this time of the year. Should be rated as Intermediate hike.

It was amazing, this trail is pretty much challenging but is very great exercise and it takes the whole day to get to the end and back. And the view is worth it!!! U can see the Diamond Head, Honolulu to the west side and Kailua side, Mokolua Islands and almost the Makapu’u..
I’m very sporty and I can say that’s one of the most nice and challenging. Soo if you like nature and hike you should do this trail for sure:)

One way of ruining our trails.


This is our second time riding bikes on this path. The first time was 2 years ago. I can say, it was much nicer this time. They done an awesome job cleaning it up! The homeless are gone and more people are walking, jogging, riding bikes ect.

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