Well its a marsh what do you expect? Also look up other hikes in within this area ( Kahana valley) like Puu Ohulehule, Kahekili-Manamana, Kahana Ditch Man Trail, Pauao Ridge, Puu Piei etc. They are all very challenging trails.

Not an easy hike. Not especially tiring or anything but you have to watch every step due to muddy trail and the stream crossings are no joke. Be prepared to cross a “stream” 50 feet wide and deep enough that your feet/shoes will be underwater. In the counterclockwise direction, our progress was blocked by a large tree and plant with sharp leaves in the middle of the trail. Trail is through a dense jungle and you can’t just “go around.” Did I mention it’s extremely muddy? Also we went in the dry season after it had not rained for several days.
Like others have said, park at the entrance to the residential area and hike to the beginning of the trail.

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike trail slippery at points but doable we got to the top in about 50 min and it took about that long to go down. Be careful going down. This was quite taxing physically.

hiking
4 months ago

Difficult trail, but really enjoyed myself. I would follow the red/orange trail markers once you see them. I repeatedly got lost during this hike, but the view at the end was beautiful. I would check the GPS at times to check if you’re on the trail to make sure you don’t head off to different areas.

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful and challenging hike. At the top trails are connected and you can explore even farther. Be prepared before the hike.

The hike is not 5.4 miles as stated. (Unless you start at the first parking lot) Park at the beginning of the residential area. Then walk to the trailhead. From where we parked, we hiked 3.5 miles. The loop took us 2 hrs wearing our micro spikes. Very muddy. We suggest going counter clockwise.

Very beautiful and it’s a steep climb. If you want to get to the top of the ridge don’t go up the trail with the loose dirt where all you have to hold onto for support is the brush. Luckily my friend saw an easier route that required a small amount of technical rock climbing to get to the top. The hike continues along the ridge but we decided to save it for another day since we were flocked in with clouds. It was a good choice too since it started raining shortly after we turned to go back down.

hiking
Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Like others have said, this hike can be pretty challenging. The initial incline is pretty steep with loose gravel followed by some dense foliage and undergrowth. Bring plenty of water and plan on 4+ hours. The view is amazing and there is some great free climbing if you'd like to go all the way up.

trail running
Saturday, September 23, 2017

this is two of ours run it start and fire Road than a witness to the left me alone offense to a single Trail and then it's a very nice single trail hiking slash running if you can if you feel comfortable running then its fun muddy and a lot of leaves so when you run just you know security foot kind of Lake know where you're putting your foot its very nice you have to cross to creeks the first one when you cross the trail is on the right side the second one its kind of of yours is it's fun and safe not for kids but they can do it if they there parents train them

Thursday, September 14, 2017

beautiful trail, fork to the left at the fork and you go to the top of the mountain, steep but very fun!

hiking
Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Good hike, very secluded and lightly used trail. Just keep in mind as soon as you hit the trail head you will be out of service until complete.

Nothing spectacular to see here. Very dense and provides a small level of difficulty.

Sunday, July 09, 2017

hard hikee very uphill but worth it once you get to the topp

enjoyable hike, nothing to extraordinary to see though.
Don't park in the first parking lot when you pull in; continue driving down the road until you see a large trail sign and it says Visitors Park Here. it will save you almost a mile walking.
We went to the right on the loop, up what looks like a service road. it's nice and easy.
I believe at marker #2 if you go off the Nakoa trail you can get to some pools and bunker(s?). we found out about them after we got done and wished we had gone to see them.
It was a little muddy but not horrible.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Extremely overgrown but has amazing views.

hiking
Wednesday, June 07, 2017

My buddy and I went up the normal trail but instead of going left up to the Piei summit, we went right and did the intense and sketchy notches down to the neighboring ridge, which eventually connected up with the original trail toward the bottom so we came out the same place.

The climbing is for skilled climbers. There are many places that take time to map out your route down the 20-30ft vertical rock faces. There are some old ropes, cables, straps in some places, not all are reliable.

It was not clear where to go down the next ridge, but we got lucky and guessed right.

Distance is short, but give yourself a good 4hrs for this route in good dry conditions.

@niiimz_

hiking
Sunday, May 28, 2017

This trail is all uphill and it gets very gnarly and overgrown as you get closer to Pauao ridge / Puu Piei . Some ropes and cables at the steep parts. Lots of mozzies so bring bug spray, and a good camera for the amazing views.

https://paulcpeh.wixsite.com/mysite/blog/kahana-state-park-oahu-hawaii

hiking
Monday, April 24, 2017

Moderate hike multiple stream crossings and some nice swimming holes. Bring your mosquito spray.

hiking
Tuesday, March 14, 2017

We hiked this today with multiple families with kids ranging in age from 5-15. It is a fairly easy hike, with slight elevation changes and three stream crossings. We started the trail going to the left (clockwise) but if I were do to it again I would go counter clockwise (to the right). There was mud so it was slippery in some places. The water level at the stream crossings today was fairly low, not even knee deep but it has been dry the past few days. There were not any spectacular views or anything to give it wow factor. The entire hike was through woods, over tree roots and going under tree branches at times. Total walked for the whole loop was about 5.5 miles according to my Apple Watch. I would do this hike again as it was pretty and not too difficult for kids. We passed only a few hikers in the trail so very not crowded. A few people had dogs so it's dog friendly too. No cell service once we got into the area.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

I didn't go thru the trail head at the park but its beside the washrooms on the right! the trail was overgrown like crazy in feb lol I ended up Bush wacking and going up the rock valley then cutting over.

I wish I could have finished it only got half way there! which took us 1-1.5 off trail using this GPS tracker

not a very well Marked one and steep at some points if u get lost easily don't recommend it

hiking
Thursday, January 26, 2017

pleasant enough jungle, but no big payoff in terms of views. very muddy trail, no cell service, at the halfway point alarms started going off nearby... as a female hiking alone it was a little unnerving

Sunday, December 11, 2016

The trailhead was pretty hard to find. It was pretty wet and so very difficult to get elevation. However, I didn't make it to the top.

hiking
Tuesday, September 20, 2016

I haven't done this trail in 15 years and I was sad that the river wasn't full as before. But it's a nice and easy trail, shady

hiking
Sunday, July 31, 2016

At the trailhead I suggest going left for a clockwise hike, and once you get to the second river crossing just stop and go back. Or wear long pants and shirts because the mosquitos are terrible, we got tore up with bites even with repellant, the plants will cut up your legs if not careful, and I found all the mud to be annoying. The river is a fun stop to swim and swing on the rope and the water is chilly.

hiking
Saturday, June 25, 2016

Beautiful gargantuan roots and tree system's!!! If you love mud, rainforests, hobbling and focusing on foot placement, mosquitos, yummy mountain apples and crossing beautiful streams, then this is for you! We recommend doing the trip in a counter clockwise manner to get the mud over with first, then you will get your feet soaked at the end when crossing the streams. It is EXTREMELY well marked with orange ribbons tied around trees at intervals. After the hike we washed off at the beach across the street.

hiking
Sunday, March 13, 2016

Note: My phone did not have good enough connection to track the hike so my route as of 3/13/2016 is a drawn route, rather than GPS tracking.

The trail was in rough shape, overgrown, steep, challenging. There were some steep scrambles, pulling yourself up by branches, crawling through small spaces, and sliding on the prickly Lauhala leaves. Not pleasant, but fun! Once we reached the crest of the ridge, rather than going to the left toward the summit, we went toward the ocean first to explore some of the climbing. There were some intimidating vertical rock faces, and some serious drops on both sides. For those not accustomed to Hawaii hikes, BE AWARE there's a reason locals aren't bouldering in places like this. Seemingly solid holds often come loose. Our rocks are playful, they like to move and shift and crumble.

Unreal view of Kahana Bay and Pu'u Manamana across the way. Although not a long hike, give yourself a lot of time. Detailed directions can be found in "Hikers Guide to Oahu" by Stuart Ball.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Best rafting experience! Little hard to squeeze through sometimes but it'll all work out! Paddle board is smarter than a raft. Found out the hard way! Hahahaha

hiking
Saturday, May 16, 2015

Love hiking in Hawaii. 2003

hiking
Monday, February 09, 2015

Access: if your nav ap directs you to Trout Farm Rd, its wrong. The trail head is at the west end of the road in Kahana State Park. The entrance to the park is about a 1/4 mile north of Trout Farm Rd on 83.

Trail is kind of a plain, very narrow single-track jungle trail with four river/creek crossings; two shin deep and two to jump over. Lots of roots, and trunks to go over/under. Glad for the guy who marked the trail with orange tape, but going clockwise, he must have ran out of tape the last 3/4 mile(?) and made me question if I was off the trail! Good trail for hikers with a dog. I didn't see the mosquitoes today (Feb 8th) like others posted...,just a few. NOT a good trail for bikes. Few views, but a few more birds than most Oahu hikes.

hiking
Saturday, December 27, 2014

Easy to moderate, trail has plenty of shade, good for dogs, and 2 river crossings. Slightly muddy in places, but not too bad overall.

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