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2.5 hours to complete for us. We trail ran the first part of it and again on the way out. We had to do it twice because the view was of a cloud our first time. There were raspberries up top to eat, yum! A few ripe portions and stairs as well. Definitely moderately rated. One of my favorite hikes!

hiking
15 days ago

Muddier than I was expecting but a very pleasant trail.

hiking
17 days ago

Excellent hike: 3-4 hrs after enjoying the top, kept a steady pace and the trail was well maintained. There is a small set of picnic tables about midway up, but you can just enjoy food at the top too. You’ll experience varying type of foliage, with pretty decent cover from the sun for 65% of the hike.

There is a way back down thru the valley if you are adventurous but that’s rated as hard. (The route is pretty narrow along the cliff side with ropes in other parts) This one is manageable, but not for the unfit (the stairs at the end will wear you out, and a few areas get muddy and slippery)

about 3hrs total round trip with breaks. really nice moderate hike that is mostly shaded 3/4 of the way. no ropes needed as the hike is basically a gradual incline till you get towards the end. near the end there are stairs but nothing compared to kokohead. watch out when it rains as it does get muddy and roots are slippery. overall one of my favorites

hiking
25 days ago

Very scenic and complete hiking experience. Good, steady climb that gets steeper towards the top. It was cool to hike through various eco-systems... from tropical to forest. Great views at the top! Only downside is that you don’t get many big views until the last part of the hike due to the tree density.

The trail is well established and heavily travelled. Bring good shoes and be prepared for mud if there’s been recent rain.

Overall, great hike... one I would definitely do again. Highly recommended.

hiking
26 days ago

This is one of the most beautiful and complete hikes I have ever done. I have done most of my recent hikes in the North East and I think this hike is better than Mount Washington! There are beautiful look outs, various different biomes, and the diversity of plants, difficulty, ans views are extravagant! It usually rains at the top so bring good shoes. REMEMBER to sign in at the bottom!

hiking
1 month ago

Cloudy and super windy today so the view at the top was not as good as it could be. But the trail itself is really nice with lots of interesting plants and wild flowers. We enjoyed it better than pillbox trail.

hiking
1 month ago

Spectacular views of Diamond Head.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful hike with an amazing view at the top, but the stairs towards the end are killer so make sure to pace yourself and bring plenty of water.

Beautiful hike. Can be tough at times, but well worth it once you get to the top. Be prepared for lots of steps towards the end!

hiking
1 month ago

1/14/2018-Weather was pretty good and trail was dry. Came across 65 groups/ solo hikers but mostly on the return trip; on the trek up we only saw 4 groups/solo hikers. Parking was very limited so we ended up parking at the bottom of the road. We made the round trip in a little over 2.5 hours. Recommend packing at least 1L of water, wear sunscreen, and enjoy the view!

that view! there is street parking in front of the houses on the way up, took us about 20 min to look for a parking spot not to far from the start of the trail, we ended up parking at the beginning of the street the hike entrance is, then walking up. my husband had my 25lb kid on his back in the carrier and he had a workout of a lifetime. the path is steady so its pretty self explanatory as you proceed. uphill zigzags. we spent about 3.5 hours round trip. spent about 20 minutes at the summit to admire a job well done!! this was definitely a challenge for me because im a novice hiker so my fitness level isn't quite where it should be to breeze this hike. but this is the one hike im glad I came to! its just amazing!

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike and the view at the top is awesome. Also there is a picnic table about half way that would be a good picnic spot.

on Kuliouou Ridge Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Our favorite trail on the island!

Really nice hike!!!

Stunning. Fantastic. Had perfect weather. You have to pay attention as the drops are big and plentiful. In the rain or high wind this would probably be really dangerous. No chance I'd bring kids on this. A moment of bad judgment would end badly.

Among the best hikes I have done. Loved it. just take it seriously.

hiking
1 month ago

This was a fun hike! I also purchased a camping permit, thought there were no designated campsites. I chose a fairly level area towards the top, close to the pavilion rest spot. The start is a little spooky because it’s covered in greyish pine needles—such a cool experience!
There were a few others out hiking, but only enough that I saw people about every 20 minutes or so. There are tons of stairs (and roots that act as such), so be prepared for a little leg burning—the views are spectacular, though! There are several spots that will take your breath away
There is even a lookout bench about half way up.
Be careful with the weather and sunset! I got caught in a decent rainstorm right as I reached the summit, and it was pretty slippery coming back down. It’s also not a hike that should be done in the dark because of the obstacles along the path and the slippery nature of it all in the rain.
Just keep an eye on things, and you’ll be in for a heck of a treat!

We hiked this loop trail in a clockwise direction, starting with the western ridge trail, up to Pu’u O’kona then taking the Ko’olau Summit Trail east until it met up with the Kuliou’ou Ridge Trail at the overlook then headed back to the start via the state maintained Kuliou’ou Ridge Trail. I am very thankful that we hiked it in this direction as I feel it made some of the more difficult sections of it less dangerous. This was our second hike of New Year’s Day so we were hiking on tired legs, our first hike having been Koko Crater Rail Stairs at midnight for fireworks viewing.

It’s a demanding hike with several steep, crumbly rock sections, many of which offer ropes to assist in the more difficult or dangerous sections. The western Ridge Trail is a bit overgrown as plant roots and foliage frequently ensnarled our feet & ankles tripping us up a bit along the way. In two areas ropes had been severed making it a bit more challenging to navigate those areas, requiring some creativity to keep your balance on steep, crumbly rock. There were also two areas on the Ko’olau Summit Trail crossover section that had experienced recent land slides cutting away/undermining the trail stability. Take extra prudence in those areas because one false move could send you easily tumbling a couple hundred feet off a cliff toward Waimanalo.

Views are pretty spectacular along this loop once you reach the ridgeline, providing unimpeded views of Diamond Head, Maunalua Bay, Koko Crater, Koko Head, Makapu’u, Manana (Rabbit) Island, Waimanalo, Kailua, Olomana’s triple peaks. K1, K2, and the breathtaking Ko’olau Mountains.

This is a physically demanding trail, offering great views, heart racing moments, & excellent workout opportunities. I would absolutely not recommend this for children or individuals with a fear of heights as there are several quite dangerous areas along the route, where you may find yourself grabbing at tall grasses or underbrush/bush roots to simply prevent yourself from falling off cliffs. We recommend microspikes for the KST crossover section especially for extra security on muddy/moist trails. This outing took us four hours but we stopped frequently for photos and hiked a bit further off the loop trail for some additional photos and parked about a mile away from the trail head and included that distance in the hiking time. Had we hiked at our normal, healthy pace and stuck specifically to the loop route we could have finished this in around 2-1/2-3 hours in dry, clear weather conditions. Loved this trail!

Amazing trail with beautiful views! To access the trail you must go through a gated neighborhood. The guards wouldn't let us in until sunrise, must have Hawaii or military ID. There is a parking lot across the street if you get there early. Only 10 cars are allowed at a time. No restroom on the trail! we did it after a few days of rain so it was really muddy and slippery. it was pretty cloudy but i can imagine it getting really hot. Took my 14yo nephew and my 1yr puppy. The beginning of the trail is easy but by the end it got tougher because of all the stairs.
-High Moderate on my rating scale
-Did not see or use ropes
-Bring doggy poop bags because there isn't a doggy poop station (bags or trash can)
-Bring water, bug spray, and sunscreen
-Water for dog

First time hiking this and it was beautiful!! The views were stunning and living in cali for the past year has made me really miss the green

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