Awesome short hike, starts from the rocks across the street from the Halona Blowhole east of Honolulu [good place to park just above the beach]. It can be hot and windy as you are exposed all the way to the arch. The easier way to get under the arch is to hike around the left side while holding on to the rocks on your right. Most of the slope is covered with loose rocks and you will slip some. You can also go to the top in front of the arch and step to the right, but you need to be fairly tall to reach the handholds. Use common sense and caution, as a fall will cause an injury. The view is amazing and once you are under the arch, you have a nice place to sit and enjoy the breeze.

The best part of this trail is the view at the top, which is a 360 view of the crater, Hanauma Bay, Hawaii Kai, and beyond. That being said, the way up is pretty difficult. The stairs are old railroad tracks that go up the side of the mountain. I took it pretty slow with a few breaks along the way and it was fine. The way down was no problem, just watch your step!

There were definitely a good number of people out on the trail but not so much that it wasn't enjoyable.
Everyone was really nice. Plan on getting there early enough so you can get a parking spot. Also, I kind of wish I had brought a hat to keep the sun out of my eyes (sunglasses weren't really enough). Good luck!

Going down is definitely scarier than going up! Astounding views!!

Did this as a sunrise hike. Having never hiked before, this nearly did me in but I made it and am so glad. The views and experience were well worth the workout!

hiking
17 days ago

Easy in the sense that it is a straight line, difficult in the sense that it is straight up. Well worth the effort, the views were amazing and the work out was fabulous! Highly recommend this hike!

Amazing

Amazing

hiking
18 days ago

Hard but satisfying. Awesome to do on a full moon or sunrise

Really fun, a bit crazy walking up an old rail car track straight up the side of a mountain. Poops you out but doesn't actually take too long. Easy to access the trail and the views up top are amazing for the level of effort you put in

This trail is no joke but the 360 degree view at the top is well worth it!

It looked easy enough, but I could hardly walk right the next 2 days. Intense short hike with killer views!