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
8 months ago

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
8 months ago

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

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

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.

11 months ago

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.

hiking
Friday, November 21, 2014

Awesome jungle adventure. We'd never hiked in this climate before (we're from Central Oregon) and decided to do this trail while on vacation. 1) Make sure you park outside the residential area! 2) Deet is your BFF. 3) Stay to the left when you reach the trail. We accidentally took the old reservoir road instead of the actual trail. They meet up eventually, but we missed a good portion of the trail by not paying close attention. The trail itself appeared to be very well marked with pink and red markers fairly close together. We started around 9am and finished the loop in about 3 hours. Bonus: We had the trail all to ourselves. I'm not sure if it's because we were there relatively early or because it just doesn't get much traffic. Either way, it was nice to be off the beaten path for a few hours. Even if you're on vacation, we recommend taking some time off from your busy snorkeling schedule to enjoy this hike!

Mahalo

hiking
Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Trailhead is at the far end of the Kahana State Park past the small group of houses that locals still live in that pre-date the state park. Car parking is before entry to the locals housing area. Our car was undamaged upon return and the locals seemed friendly. As for the hike, our 7 and 8 year old kids zoomed around the entire loop trail with ease. It was a bit more of a slog for my wife and I. We did it in tennis shoes. Trail shoes would have been better. Waterproof hiking boots would have been best, along with water shoes or sandals. BRING BUG SPRAY!!!! There is a great swimming hole halfway around the loop with a "shoot the rapids" sort of feature that was fun for all. Head DOWNHILL through the mosquito-laden bamboo forest to get to this swimming hole. Finishing the loop counterclockwise and you get to the river with the rope swing into the swimming hole. Check the hole first for boulders and debris that may have washed over the dam. If the hole is clear of dangerous hidden items, test the rope. It is a very thick manila rope, but you never know. If is is strong, swing away. Cowabunga!. Oh...if you go around the loop clockwise you would get to the rope swing in two minutes of easy hiking, and the hike up and around clockwise to the second swimming hole would have been far easier, too. The other part of the loop (the western leg -- see map above right) has lots of switchbacks, tree roots, tree trunks and tree branches to maneuver around, and was far muddier. Inexperienced hikers might want to skip that leg of the loop entirely. Trail markings are easy to spot but infrequent. Bring water. Wear decent shoes. Long pants also recommended, with swimsuit underneath. We only saw two other people on this trail and we were there swimming over half the day. Warnign: even the "easier" (clockwise first half) leg of this trail might be nasty after a heavy rain. Check the weather report on the day you plan to hike. It seems, however, that someone (thankfully) helps manage the trail by laying down palm fronds to make it less of a mud slog. Mahalos!

hiking
Monday, July 01, 2013

Not a difficult hike, but very muddy with 2 small stream crossings and 2 creek crossings that may be impassible during heavy rain. My wife and I hiked this after a day of rain, and much of the trail was 6 inch deep mud. The third creek was about 2 feet deep and requires wading across, so I'd recommend bringing sandals in addition to good hiking shoes and to carry a towel to dry off for the last mile. Also bug spray is must as Mosquitos swarms are everywhere.

hiking
Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Absolutely love this trail!! It is tiring for hikers with little experience, but a novice can do this if they are in good shape. Must be able to cross streams and climb over fallen trees but it is an adventure with great views and I love the swimming hole at the end.

hiking
Tuesday, February 05, 2013

4 Stars only for the water.

Negatives: Very few photo worthy views, isn't challenging, full of mosquitos and barbed fronds, and it can be very muddy when it rains.

Positives: multiple FANTASTIC spots to jump in the river and swim around (One has a rope swing, more than deep enough for the jump), a few river crossings that were fun, isn't challenging, couple of bunkers to take pictures at, good trail markings, plenty of parking space(though you may have to walk), and it's right across from a beach.

Overall I had a really good time, and I even found a spot next to the river that I want to bring my wife to go camping at soon.

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