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    Rachel L. reviewed Hawaii Loa Ridge Trail (PRIVATE PROPERTY)

    about 1 month ago

    The hike took us 1:45 to reach the summit, and another 1:45 to descend. The hike begins in a gated community with beautiful houses - show your Hawaii drivers license to the guard and he will issue you a hiking permit for the day.

    Overall, the hike is pretty comparable to Kuliiuou and Wililinui. The hardest part is the final ascent to the end. Definitely wear sturdy hiking boots, as the footing is uneven, rocky, and at times slick and muddy. Great views!

    Rachel L. reviewed Akaka Falls Trail

    about 1 month ago

    This is a quick and easy loop on a paved trail. Once you hit the junction you can either go left or right, doesn’t matter. Left is directly to the falls. The falls are monstrous!

    Rachel L. completed Akaka Falls Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Rachel L. reviewed Rainbow Falls Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Not hike - just a lookout point. You’ll see the beautiful rainbows if you arrive in the morning, when the sun is behind you.

    Rachel L. completed Rainbow Falls Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Rachel L. reviewed Captain Cook's Monument Trail

    about 1 month ago

    The hike out is all downhill, and the hike back is all uphill. You’ll hike through some brush and then through a post-apocalyptic looking lava field. It’s definitely one of the most bizarre landscapes I’ve ever hiked in - pretty incredible.

    You’ll end up at Kealakekua Bay where you can see the Captain Cook Monument and also jump in the bay for a swim and snorkel. There were a few tour companies and boats out there. The water is refreshing, but careful getting back out - it’s a little tricky.

    Rachel L. completed Captain Cook's Monument Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Rachel L. reviewed Kaniakapupu Ruins and Luakaha Falls

    4 months ago

    Be respectful of the land and history that is here. It really is beautiful! Once you find the trailhead it is a short and easy walk. Bring bug spray. We tried to find the falls but gave up.

    Rachel L. reviewed Hosmer Grove Campground Trail

    5 months ago

    You can eat lunch at the picnic tables and then go for a walk in the grove. The fragrances from the trees are fantastic - eucalyptus, peppermint, etc. It was really beautiful!

    Rachel L. reviewed Pa Ka'oao Trail

    5 months ago

    This is a very short walk to a lookout point of the crater. Be aware that the high altitude can make you feel winded. We went in the afternoon on a clear and sunny day, and the views were spectacular. The landscape looks like you are on the moon! If I were to return, I would love to try the Sliding Sands Trail for more of a challenge.

    Rachel L. completed Pa Ka'oao Trail

    5 months ago

    Rachel L. reviewed Iao Needle Trail

    5 months ago

    It’s not much of a hike - really just climbing a few flights of stairs to a lookout point of the Needle. However, the land is beautiful. Mark Twain once called it “the Yosemite of the Pacific”.

    Rachel L. completed Iao Needle Trail

    5 months ago

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    5 months ago

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    5 months ago

    Rachel L. reviewed Hanakapi'ai Beach

    6 months ago

    I have never been more thankful for my waterproof boots with excellent ankle support. The trail is very slick, muddy, and uneven. However, it really was a cool experience just to hike on the Na Pali Coast! My favorite parts of the trail were when it opened up to the views of the Coast further down. I also loved the views of the ocean along the way. The beach at the end is great for hanging out, having a snack, and watching the waves. We were debating continuing to the Falls but ultimately decided to head back. Awesome trail, and a must-do on Kauai.

    Rachel L. reviewed Hanakapi'ai Beach

    6 months ago

    Rachel L. completed Hanakapi'ai Beach (CLOSED)

    6 months ago

    Rachel L. reviewed Koko Crater Trail

    7 months ago

    My sister was visiting and it was too cloudy to go to the beach, so we decided to try Koko Head (my second time on the hike). I have to say, I enjoyed this hike so much more on a cloudy day than on a sunny one. It was way more pleasant without the hot sun beating down on you. Everyone out there was really nice - encouraging each other, taking photos for one another, etc.

    I also felt like there were way more loose boards this time? Maybe it was just me. I would still say that Koko Head is safe enough to hike, but the footing is definitely not even. If you are someone who doesn’t like unsteady footing, be prepared to slide down the rails on your bottom or maybe choose another hike. If you can make it up there the view is amazing!

    Rachel L. reviewed Likeke Falls Trail

    8 months ago

    Out of the short hikes I have done on the island, this one is my favorite. The waterfall is awesome! The path wasn’t even too muddy. We parked at the Koolau Conference Center to get to the trailhead.

    The reviews on this site were extremely helpful in navigating the trail. When you get the graffiti tower look to the left for the trail. Once you hit the cobblestone path, keep going until you see a large tree on your right with an arrow carved into it, pointing right to the falls. Enjoy!

    Rachel L. completed Likeke Falls Trail

    8 months ago

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    8 months ago

    Rachel L. reviewed Wiliwilinui Ridge Trail

    11 months ago

    This hike is challenging (but do-able) with amazing views on a clear day. It is similar to Kuliouou Ridge Trail but has a few more difficult sections with ropes. It's a great introduction to ridge hiking on Oahu.

    You can park very easily at the trailhead. As you drive up there is a guard who will ask for your ID and give you a parking pass. We completed the hike in about 3 hours up and back. Overall, loved it!

    Rachel L. completed Wiliwilinui Ridge Trail

    11 months ago

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    11 months ago

    Rachel L. reviewed Judd Trail

    12 months ago

    The trail is really well marked with trail signs and pink trail markers. It is a loop trail that goes by a waterfall/swimming hole, and then through some jungle and forest. It was slightly muddy but really not that bad. It was a nice little hike just to walk around for an hour or so.

    Rachel L. completed Judd Trail

    12 months ago

    Rachel L. saved Mokoli'i Island Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Rachel L. reviewed Mokoli'i Island Trail

    about 1 year ago

    I have lived on the island for almost 2 years, and kayaking/hiking Chinaman's Hat is one of my top favorite activities. Park at Kualoa Regional Park and launch your kayak off from the beach there. To enter the island paddle all the way to the left, and then let the waves boomerang you back in to the rocky cove. You can bring your kayak up fairly easy from there.

    There isn't really a clear trail to the summit, but your best bet may be to start at the front right side of the island. There is some light bouldering to pull yourself up to the top. This hike should be rated as moderate/hard rather than easy ... if you are a fairly experienced adventurer you should be fine. Enjoy the 360 view!