Explore the most popular walking trails in Pupukea Paumalu Forest Reserve with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Fun flowy trail for mountain bikers

Not too challenging. Views weren’t as good as I hoped but it was a little cloudy. Pillboxes are interesting.

nice hike in beginning has a nice incline for about 15 min then mellows out

trail running
23 days ago

The hike was great. Cover with tress for lot of shade. Muddy but had good steps. Saw a lot of dogs and couples. The first pillbox is right in front of you. The other is off to the right down the mountain side past the do not enter sign. There are a bunch of trails trust me. 2 miles turned into 4 looking for the other pillbox.

Short trail with nice view. A little climb on the way up so you get your workout in. Good for trail running on the trail too.

hiking
25 days ago

Great hike. Some views, but fantastic terrain

hiking
26 days ago

Take great panoramic pics from the boxes

26 days ago

first 1/2 miles is a killer. High stairs all incline

Beautiful view. High traffic. Heavy cardio.

hiking
30 days ago

We’ve done this one twice and we have enjoyed it. The first part is very steep. We took a large dog and a small dog and they both did well. There were only a couple spots we had to help the little one.

hiking
1 month ago

Good fairly easy hike. The first .5 mile is pretty steep and if raining would be very muddy. You see the pillbox before you do the loop. The loop is not well marked and has many other trails that cross over.

hiking
1 month ago

Although this hike is quite short and easy, it's incredibly beautiful. Whether you want to explore more of the pine forest or sit atop one of the pillboxes and watch the ocean, you can spend a fair amount of time here. I LOVE the creativity of the graffiti in the pillboxes.

I recommend going when it's been dry, as the rain will just make this hike muddy and unpleasant. :)

Pleasantly serene with awesome views

Good little hike. Really easy to miss one turn though. When you get to the intersection of wide, well beaten paths, don't take any of them. The loop continues if you make a hairpin turn onto the small trail leading down the ravine.

It was a nice short hike, I don't think I'd rate it "moderate" compared to other "easy" hikes we have done on oahu, I'd say it was easy. It hadn't been to rainy lately so the mud was available. Beautiful trees, flowers, birds, views, & pigglets!

Good little hike not to bad it gets muddy in the beginning if it rained but I would just plan to do it if your going to go to the beach right afterwards!

hiking
2 months ago

Just finished this hike and had a blast!

As others have said it's basically divided into three parts:

Part 1: The North Fork, which is the main trail, is mostly muddy jungle. There were a few downed trees when we were there, one was a really large Eucalyptus (I think?) that definitely made it confusing where the trail was. I was very happy to have my GPS with me for that segment.

I wouldn't take kids on this part unless they're experienced hikers.

Part 2: the gravely connective section of the trail is more like a decommissioned road and easy to traverse. If you take it North for a period of time you can snag some additional cool jungle views. Otherwise just take it South toward the road.

Part 3: The abandoned road. I thought this was freaking cool. It does totally feel like you're in a post-apocalyptic world and nature is taking back the mountain! You get some really awesome views of the wind turbines rising about the jungle and ocean. If you have kids that aren't going to be able to handle the entirety of the hike you could just do the road (be sure to keep them away from the edges that have fallen out!)

My Gaia track said that the whole hike, including our extra jaunt north and the road leading to it, was 7.83 miles and took us 3 hours and 15 minutes.

hiking
2 months ago

Decent little hike with a mediocre view of North Shore. The graffiti art up at the pillbox was my favorite part which somewhat speaks to the lack of difficulty or reward on this one. Good for the family or bringing the dogs.

Nice short hike that even my teenagers enjoyed. Which is saying a lot.

Short hike. Good view. Wild pigs. Not too much mud. Steep enough to get my heart beating.

hiking
3 months ago

We did this hike in the rain, took us a little over 2 hours. The first part of the hike ‘’jungle’’ is great, muddy, peaceful, amazing trees. Second part, ‘’rocky climb’’ is not bad, I think that you would have great valley views if it was a nice day. Third part, the ‘’post apocalyptic road’’ was cool, yet disappointing that you cover such a large distance on pavement.

hiking
3 months ago

Cute little hike. Not strenuous at all despite being muddy and slippery as hell (definitely one of those hikes where it takes longer to get down than up). Pretty views of the North Shore from the top of the pillbox and I recommend exploring inside.

hiking
3 months ago

Fairly easy trail that didn’t take more than 2 hours, got lost a few times but easily found our way back to the trail.

mountain biking
4 months ago

I gave this trail 5 stars because it is very beautiful, mostly shaded and great for a moderate hike. BUT it is way too hard for mountain biking.. Even for a professional mountain biker. Too many big, slippery roots crossing the path. along with slippery rocks and leaves. this is mainly the top half of the trail.

Respect the Aina

Great views ! We went to see the sunset !! Was magical ! :)

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Very quick/easy trail for an awesome view of north shore! Be ready for the incline!

hiking
4 months ago

Quite a forest trail, do some research prior to taking it on as there are multiple, multiple paths to take throughout the Pupukea Forest. A Mountain cyclists dream come true, as most of the trails are geared for bikes.

I liked how much of the windward side of the island I saw from the peak. Rabbit island and Makapu’u to the south and the mountains to the north that border Kualoa ranch. I went when it was overcast and it was an enjoyable hike.

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