hiking
2 days ago

A great trail for us and our pups. Slightly muddy in some areas but overall not particularly challenging while offering great views. Also not too crowded!

You need a permit, which you can get here https://camping.ehawaii.gov/camping/all,e-search.html
Guard shack down by Yokohamas' has 6am-6pm operating hours.

9 days ago

This was a moderately challenging hike. We are a fit couple who needs adventure, so turning back at the picnic table was not for us. After the table, it is mainly a service road, so not as scenic, until you get to the top. Great fun, not too steep.

Didn't get to experience. Gave 1 star as I had to put star to post review. FYI NEED A PERMIT TO DO THIS HIKE. MILITARY LAND. just left now.

hiking
26 days ago

Top things to know:
1) You need a permit to get to the trailhead. You can get it online at: https://trails.ehawaii.gov
2) You'll need IDs for everyone in your party to get through the military gate.
3) The hike is beautiful, but the end of the trail isn't worth going to (unless you are just looking for exercise). Instead stop at an eroded bluff just before you pass through the first metal hog gate. GPS: 21.55143, -158.22098
4) The track listed here isn't the topo line on Gaia GPS, but the trail is well marked from the parking area and easy to follow.

Enjoy!

hiking
1 month ago

This is a pretty safe, relatively easy trail that is easy to follow and offers pretty spectacular views of the North Shore. If you're just a couch potato, you'll definitely find it challenging as it's pretty much straight uphill, but it's not too difficult. It was very enjoyable.

hiking
1 month ago

difficult at first but well worth it

The cover photo for this hike is actually Kuaokala Trail and not Kealia Trail. Kealia is at the foothills behind Dillingham Airfield.

great hike. best on a day with some wind. was hot without a breeze

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail. It appeared to be very well maintained. Definitely not an easy hike. I started at 8 am and was sweating through my clothes after a mile into the hike. Going out to that great view is about 3.5 Miles. So many uphills. Don’t go right after leg day! There are some benches to rest. I’d be mindful if you plop down on a rock because I noticed there were ants all over the ground. Going back to the glider Airfield parking lot was a lot easier since most of it was downhill. Good hiking shoes are a must. You’ll want that extra grip when stepping over all the rocks. Watch your footing. Bring water. It’s beautiful.

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail and good scenery from the switchbacks. Only went up to the picnic table and back but it was great with the family in tow. Definitely want to do the entire trip one day.

trail running
2 months ago

Incredible trail with views of both the west and north shores. View my recording on 16 August 2018 if you would like to make this trail a loop.

3 months ago

Lots of rain on the Makua side today. Kuaokala was muddy and slippery but nothing major. Makua Valley was socked in but cleared up after 20 minutes. Bring water and a snack. 7.2 on my Suunto.

hiking
4 months ago

Nice hike the best views are when you are on the swtichbacks. Otherwise it is a nice stroll through shaded roads. The medium rating is probably merited, but families with older children should be able to handle this trail nicely. Take lots of water as it can get hot and there is now water on the trail.

4 months ago

very nice hike. only went to the picnic table. was very warm so try and go early. great view on the way up and down.

For the view, hike up to the covered picnik table (mud, rocks, narrow trail). Pass this, the remaining is a quiet ride to listen the birds (wide roads, rocks slates, muds and water holes). Not well indicated along the trails.

on Kealia Trail

hiking
5 months ago

Pretty trail with beautiful views. As long as you arrive before the crowd it’s a lovely walk. It’s mostly shaded but sunscreen is probably a good call.
Several unleashed dogs and a couple letting their kids cut through the switchbacks. Other than some of the other people and the heat (usually later in the day) this is a great way to start the day.

hiking
5 months ago

We went up just to the picnic area and swing, but it's one of the best hikes I've ever done with two children in tow. Lots of shade and no mosquitos (at least today in May).

hiking
6 months ago

I have done this hike many times. Most times I do the entire 8 miles. We hike the way out and run the way back. Today we just went to the picnic table and found the swing. It’s a nice hike, lots of sun so wear a hat and sunscreen. Bring plenty of water because you will get thirsty in the exposed sun of the switchbacks. It’s an easy/moderate hike that can and is used for trail running.

trail running
6 months ago

Great trail, well marked. The switchbacks making way to the red dirt road offers a great change of pace.

Warning— beware of the large hill from waypoint 3,4. Specifically the area where the trail seems to make an S bend. The hill is deemed “Oh Shit Hill” and appropriately so. I ran down the hill in slick conditions and the hill overtook my body. With no natural bank to slow down, slick conditions, and nothing to grab onto, I plunged head first down the hill, ultimately tearing my rotator cuff.

I have experience trail running, and I was wearing my Salmons, but my experience and equipment provided a false sense of security. This hill is roughly 200m of straight, steep (I estimate 25% grade) slippery elevation change. Be careful walking down, and only run if conditions are dry.

The injury won’t stop me from frequenting the trail. It is one of my favorites and offers a fantastic workout.

trail running
6 months ago

Fun hike. Most people stop around the 1.5mile mark where there’s a table and rest area. Make sure to get out of the airfield before they close-otherwise security has to let you out after you go and find them.

hiking
7 months ago

Bonne randonnée mais nous nous sommes un peu perdus car les indications dans la trail sont absentes. Nous avons pris un chemin dédié aux 4 roues! Finalement on a marché presque 15 km. En descendant les roches sont glissantes lorsqu'il pleut.

on Kealia Trail

hiking
7 months ago

Amazing views and very little traffic. Definitely recommend!

hiking
7 months ago

3/25/2018-Started in the late side at 0820 and came across 29 groups/solo hikers (some had their dogs with them too). Also came across 3 suvs driving on the road so be aware. Definitely a good cardio work out and the trail was a little muddy but not too bad. The view of Makua Valley was pretty nice but we opted not to hike the whole ridge. Most of the trail is shaded but would recommend sunscreen anyway.

hiking
7 months ago

Actually stayed on the marked trail and not this one. The map at the top shows 2 trails. Numbered 1 & 2. This hike is number 2 and it looked like the trailhead was down the road where the sign says 4x4 vehicles only.

hiking
8 months ago

First part is a series of switchbacks to gain elevation. This is a good workout up to the picnic area. The real fun begins after this though. The elevation gain up the old fire road is very peaceful and quiet. Didn’t see another person the entire time. At the junction with the Kuaokala trail, if you take it to the right then you will hit a fence that has a gate to open and go through. From here you are treated to views of Makua valley. You can continue on the trail which is mostly a ridge hike. It’s not an overly difficult one so it is worth going a little farther for more views if you have time. I did a little less than 10 miles round trip.

8 months ago

Family friendly, with great views of the north shore and Makua valley.

Awesome views. Be aware that, after a certain point, the All Trails route does not coincide with The Hiker’s Guide to Oahu. If you try to overlap maps, you may get turned around.

hiking
8 months ago

One of my favorite hikes on Oahu. You'll get better views at Koko Head or along one of the other panoramic trails in town, but this one really ticks a lot of boxes. It's a good workout, has views, and is only moderately trafficked. I get the notion that most people tend to hike to the picnic shelter and then turn around, but I continued onward and ascended (at this point, the trail is an old fire road) to where it meets the Kuaokala Trail. Past the picnic shelter, it's just you, the trade winds, and the occasional bird song. Very peaceful; feels almost sacred. Views of the Makua Valley are worth it. If you elect to complete the entire trail, bring plenty of water, snacks, and trekking poles. The descent can be a bit hard on the knees otherwise.

9 months ago

Hiked up from the Kealia Trail. Nice shelter and picnic table about 1/3 way up Kealia. You may think you have summited but don't be fooled. Substantial climbs after that to the T where you meet the Kuaokala Ridge Trail. Turned left at the T and got lost. The road and the ridge trail are not always the same and not well marked. Disappointed because I never got to the views on the west side of the ridge. Kealia is a great hike with awesome views, but if you want to do the Kuaokala Ridge, I recommend getting a permit and coming up from the west side through the Military Reserve.

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