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5 days ago

This is the same as the Ehukai pillbox trail. Do not go when it has been raining. There are several areas of mostly incline with tons of super slippery mud. It’s a blast. Lots of people go barefoot.
While this trail is marked as easy I hope this little warning is heeded by anyone who isn’t confident in their skills, I am overweight and out of shape and this was a big challenge for me. There are portions of all steps leading upwards. There was a rope near some more of the rough areas but the rope wasn’t that sturdy. The payoff was amazing. I cannot stress enough how worth it the view and experience as a whole was. Though I wish I had known how challenging it would be from the beginning. I wouldn’t have made it down without my friends. And of course this is just my personal (overweight and out of shape) experience!
There were people of all ages, shapes, and sizes on our way up!

hiking
9 days ago

Nice view from the top. In my opinion the second pillbox has a much better view. The first Pillbox has more space in the bunker though. Great photos and great place to watch the sunset from.

hiking
10 days ago

Decent trail...VERY Muddy at the beginning going up - that said - super sketchy going down!! The Pillbox has a Pretty View of the Ocean but Nothing that I think is “Noteworthy”! Definitely NOT a Lanikai Pillbox View which you’d think from the name!! There is suppose to be 2 Pillboxes but only found 1. The AllTrails App is a MUST for this outing because there are SO many other trails!!! All woods!! So have Bug Spray on!! I had kids ages 9,7,6,3 (baby wore 3yrold) and they enjoyed it but said at the end it was kinda boring because there wasn’t a Spectacular View at the end!!! Definitely NOT worth an Hour drive (Coming from Kailua)!! Lanikai Pillbox Hike offers MUCH more Viewing!! Although a This would be a Great Nature/Woods Hike!! Very Pretty inside the Woods!!

on Ehukai Pillboxes

hiking
21 days ago

Very muddy today. Don’t wear shoes you dont want to get ruined. It was pretty slippery and difficult going up (and down), but once to the top it was beautiful and a nice easy loop. Grab a hiking stick for the way down, so slippery!

hiking
28 days ago

Overall an easy hike, save for a few steep parts. Lightly trafficked. Just a couple of spots with good pano views, but some great water crossings and tree patches. Easy to follow the well maintained trail. Make sure to sign in. THIS IS ONLY OPEN ON THE WEEKENDS AND HOLIDAYS

hiking
1 month ago

I really enjoyed this hike. I started this one in clear sky's and about a third of the way into the hike it started to rain which is not a bod thing as the rain kept me cool and helped my body regulate. This hike turned into three different trails, at the dividing point on the long portion of the trail you can take the turn to the Summit look out, this trail is over grown but is a short hike to the clearing. When you get back to the dividing point the trail to (Koolau Summit) is a lot longer and just when you think you have reached the end of the trail you have not! The final portion of the trail is hard to find (mother nature works fast) and you have to go through thick bush to get to the very end of the trail.

On my way back to I decided to do the final leg of the trails (Kaunala Trail) this trail is well marked and easy to navigate. Over all the trails offer a lot of up and down and present a few challenges. I enjoyed this hike but would like to point out a few things.

The road portion is the only easy portion of the hike, goes with out saying.
Once you are off the road the trails are easy to navigate and well marked except the two final legs.
If you tackle this one in clear sky's and on a warm day take lots of snacks and water this hike will take the energy out of you fast.
A good pair of hiking shoes/boots should be used.


If you tackle this one in the rain or after it has rained the trails get muddy fast and become very tricky to navigate as the trails get narrow in several places.

There are a lot of places along the trail, if you slip it is a long way down until you stop tumbling.

Expect to get muddy, very muddy.

I would not advise a novice to hike this one alone, even some intermediate hikers would be best advised to take someone along with them. I did not come across anyone once I turned off the road so if you get hurt on the trail you could be sitting on the trail for a long time before anyone finds you.

Rock slides are vey common, portions of the road get washed out easily and regular.

Finally there are a few places along the trails that present a few photo opportunities other wise you get to see a lot of tree top canopies, interesting trees, overhangs and a good overall view of mother nature at work.

The inner trails are more fun for mountain bikers.

Kind of a boring hike compared to other hikes in oahu but nice for families

Not a difficult trail. Muddy at the start but clears up. Lots of connecting trails at the top for nice wandering. Make sure to go to the 2nd Pillbox, views are much better than the first. Stay along he ridge on the obvious path near the first pillbox for about .3 miles to find the smaller box. Is not represented on this trail map. The ‘loop’ on this map takes deeper into the mainland and is quite nice but doesn’t get you to the 2nd pillbox

Almost always muddy. Good, but slippery.

I enjoyed this hike. My friends disagreed and said the views weren’t worth it. This would be a nice trail to bring a dog on, if I had one. You will be drenched in mud if you go after a rain like we did. Adequate for all levels: there was a pregnant woman on our hike and multiple people hiked with kids on their backs. One family turned around five minutes in because the kids didn’t like the massive amounts of mud. If you’re nearby I would recommend but it’s not worth a drive.

hiking
1 month ago

It’s easy, but beautiful scenery is waiting for you. You can go take a child. It was muddy when I went. The scenery is waiting if you are careful.

hiking
1 month ago

Also check out Pupukea-Paumalu track to connect up with this hike. The upper Paumalu-Pupukea segment is much nicer ( and drier) than the lower sections or in the valley ( Lilikoi Section is a mud fest).

There are a lot more trails not shown on this alltrails map esp upper Paumalu side. Easy to get disoriented if not paying close attention.

Super great hike some signs but you really have to explore for yourself to get the full experience

It was pretty muddy. But if you look past the muddy hike up and then the slippery action movie debacle of getting back down it is worth it. The view at the very top and to see what a sentry would be looking at from a concrete bunker is pretty awesome.

The huge ocean and the ability to look out into nothingness is pretty rad.

hiking
2 months ago

We went as it was raining; extremely muddy but totally worth it. The scenery was gorgeous! Even bumped into a few goats at the top! Beware, they’ll try and eat anything you have. The hike itself was very humid, bring a water! A short but sweet hike.

hiking
2 months ago

Lovely views, make sure you get to the second pillbox it’s not too much further and worth it. Super muddy but we knew it was going to be since it had rained that morning.

hiking
2 months ago

Went on this hike right after it had been pouring rain (completely my fault). But i still thought it was a beautiful hike in the woods. There are ropes available to hold on to while going up or down on rocks that could be slippery or dangerous. Overall, no complaints! Beach view from the distance at the top.

I only wish it had more signs. I had a hard time finding my way back to the road after I was done.

Great view at the Top. Extremely slippery about midway. Kids from 6 and up would be better fitted if you decided to bring them. Would definitely do this one again. Could only locate one pill box though.

hiking
2 months ago

Trail was good has far as the pillbox. After that, it’s not clear where trail goes. We tried to follow the loop on the map but couldn’t find it. Once you get past the pillbox and go inland, there’s a lot of trails, almost none of which are marked. Best view is not from the pillbox, but from a small clearing in an area with tall grass a little before the pillbox.

hiking
2 months ago

Easy hike with an awesome view. Great at sunset.

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike. Beautiful trees and great view. Do this hike before sunset so see the beautiful views. Bring a flashlight when walking back.

Mud!!! The trail is an absolute mud pit and the view is not worth the effort,

hiking
3 months ago

Looks like a nice trail but it’s been raining for several days and the trail was very muddy and slippery. We turned around because we couldn’t enjoy it.

hiking
3 months ago

Rough slog in the mud. As Tom Petty sang, coming down is the hardest part. Slippery and slow. The view was worth the climb; but would be better on a drier day. Loop at top is unmarked. Had to use GPS to navigate. Banzai Pipeline beach is across from the trailhead. Great to have showers. View of sets rolling in from the pillbox was immense

Relatively easy. Great views. Easy to find. Not far from the bus.

Loved it. Nice NorthShore views in the end. Would classify it as easy/moderate. No deep cliffs, so not very dangerous! Would recommend it and it will take about 1 hour (return).

Very slippery if has been raining. Wear hiking shoes.

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