Aiea Loop Trail

MODERATE 833 reviews

Aiea Loop Trail is a 6.8 kilometer moderately trafficked loop trail located near Aiea, Oahu, Hawaii that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.8 km
ELEVATION GAIN
375 m
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

bird watching

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

muddy

over grown

rocky

scramble

Follow H-1 to Moanalua Highway (Route 78). Take the Aiea cutoff to the third traffic light, make a right turn at Aiea Heights Drive and follow it about 3 miles up to the end of the road. Continue on the on-way park road to the trailhead.

3 days ago

Awesome trail, pretty easy for the most part just don't recommend going after rain super muddy

hiking
muddy
5 days ago

Like many before us, I advise against this trail when it's raining or after any heavy rain. We checked the weather, but there were a couple pop-up showers and it made the trail very slippery, muddy, and hard to enjoy. We'll definitely be returning for better weather, and even in the rain the forest views were lovely. I'll also be taking my 66 year old mom on this hike when she visits. It's more like a nature walk, with only a few portions that are very steep or difficult to navigate.

hiking
8 days ago

Done this trail 3 times and it’s a nice workout if you take it at a fast pace.

trail running
muddy
8 days ago

Very excellent trail run. Very muddy on rainy days. Great views throughout forest . Elevations the first mile and last half of mile of trail. Wear good hiking or trail shoes. I’m thinking about running this trail once weekly .

hiking
muddy
rocky
8 days ago

Do not go when it’s wet or raining especially with young kids. Our experience started off great but then it started pouring. It was very slippery and muddy. The views were covered from the overcast but it was a nice hike. We would most definitely go again on a prettier day with no kids. If you’re one of those people that run this trail. Big kudos!

hiking
9 days ago

hiking
muddy
13 days ago

Solo hike on a Tuesday afternoon. nice weather, a little cloudy, light drizzle starting halfway through the hike until the end. A lot muddier this time. Not much traffic...I saw maybe ten different hikers, and a couple trail runners.

hiking
muddy
13 days ago

Great family trail. Pretty flat and even throughout, some muddy parts towards the end. Would not recommend after rain.

hiking
15 days ago

It's a pretty nice hike. We took our 5-year old and he didn't need much help, other than a few slightly rocky and slick spots. I'd definitely do it again. Get there early for parking.

hiking
15 days ago

The trail was in pretty good shape as it's been a bit drier the past few days, though there were still some muddy patches. Wear boots or decent trail shoes and you should be fine, and consider a different hike if it's been pretty wet recently depending on your experience level. Overall a pretty easy hike without a ton of elevation gain, the payoffs are pretty good for the effort here. There are some nice views along the way and a lot of variety in the foliage. Lemon Eucalyptus smells delightful! Will definitely do this hike again.

hiking
18 days ago

Did this trail a few weeks ago... met up with my “A Team” at 0530, stepped of at 0600. I recommend after the sun is up to appreciate the scenery. There are trail runners, please be courteous. Other than that, step it out and enjoy.

hiking
21 days ago

The smell of the trees at the top is amazing! The last bit to pass the stream and come up the hill was terribly muddy and really kinda sucked after the whole loop. Next time we do it we plan to start at the ‘bottom’ and go backwards! As always, we had our 3.5 year old with us (who did most of it on his own before being worn) and I baby wore our one year old.

muddy
22 days ago

Did this hike with my 4 year old. we loved it and will do it again. not crowded and very covered.

hiking
muddy
30 days ago

Very pretty trail that offers a bit of everything. Most of it is open woods that provide a good amount of shade and you also get some very dense rainforest towards the end; very muddy for the last mile or so. There are quite a few slick areas, so boots are highly recommended but you should be ok in trail running shoes. There is also a portion at the end where you must cross a small creek and there is no bridge, so wouldn’t recommend if the island has just had heavy rainfall. All in all, great trail with wonderful views!

It's very pretty but for the most part it's a stroll through the woods. Most views are pretty industrialized. The strong smell of the Eucalyptus trees was wonderful though.

hiking
blowdown
muddy
washed out
1 month ago

Trail for the most part is very well groomed; there were a few slightly muddy spots, one washed out part that was easily crossed and a couple blown down trees that were easy to walk under. Finished in about 1:30 walking at a good pace stopping briefly to take in the views.

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

From the top parking lot to the end of the loop was 4.66 miles. It took us an hour and 51 minutes. It was sprinkling most of the trail. Muddy, but manageable. Some slippery spots. Just use caution and common sense. There was a freshly fallen tree down and across the trail about 3 miles in. Looked dangerous, but we had to get by it. Passed thru with no issues. Use caution. At around 4 miles (+/-), there is a small creek to pass thru. You have to walk thru the water. It was flowing heavily the day we went due to the rain, but we passed with ease. The trail is fairly easy and there are no steep inclines until you get towards the end. Even then, it’s still doable and fairly easy. It does have some narrow sections that are steep on one or both sides at times. Nothing too terrible. I do suggest checking the weather and going on a sunny day to avoid the mud and rain. The majority of the trail is shaded with a few openings here and there. When you first enter the trail, you can almost immediately smell the lemon eucalyptus in the air. We didn’t see any wildlife, but I have read that others have seen wild hogs. Very nice trail all in all. We will go back when the weather is nicer. We ran some and walked some. I think this trail would be great to run the entire thing when it’s dry. If you park at the very top, plan on walking up the concrete incline to get back to your car. The loop ends at the picnic tables just before you get to the last parking lot. Happy Hiking!

Took me under 2 hours to complete, trail is easy with some moderate spots. would recommend to anyone. park closes at 6:45pm

hiking
1 month ago

This was the first trail we took our dogs on and it went really well. Definitely be aware that there are hogs in this area if you are bringing dogs. The path is nicely traveled but not to busy. We arrived around 9am and completed around 11:30am. There are a few sections that are close to the edge and it was a tad slippery but other than that great hike.

hiking
1 month ago

For someone as out of shape as I am this hike wasn’t that difficult. It can be really steep in some spots but it levels out, the views? Incredible. You have a view of the H3 and it makes the hike well worth it, some reviews say the hike is close to 6 miles well that is inaccurate. It is in fact close to the 4.2 miles like the sign says. The trail is trafficked and everyone we passed was friendly and uplifting- we saw several kids doing it too so if they can do it- you can too!!

hiking
2 months ago

Nice, well maintained trail but very muddy towards the end. Recommend clocking your milage because you can walk for over a mile and not see anyone. Also, recommend not starting later than 4 pm as there are places the trail gets very dark due to the wooded areas

hiking
2 months ago

This was a challenging hike for me, but in a great way. It was my first “long” hike. It is more than four miles though for sure. My fitness watch registered 6.8.
The trail is very clear, and at some places narrow and steep, and if it has been raining the mud is something fierce. The views at certain spots are phenomenal. Bring lots of water and maybe a snack because like I said, it’s a long one. It took my inexperienced self around three and a half hours total. As others have mentioned PARK NEAR THE CAMPGROUNDS PARKING LOT. The incline from the exit of the trail up to the higher parking area is STEEP and not great after a 6-7 mile trek.

hiking
2 months ago

This trail is a very nice loop trail. It is, overall a good beginner trail. I definately recommend parking in the lower parking lot near the campgrounds, especially if you bring small kids. The loop ends there. If you park at the trailhead, you will have to walk up a steep section of road after you come off the trail to get back to your vehicle. the scenery is awesome. The tree canopy provides shade through almost the entire trail. Check the weather before you go, as the trail gets pretty muddy after a rain. This creates a more treacherous walk in certain areas. Overall, We loved this trail and will surely do it again.

hiking
2 months ago

1/12/2019-Started hiking around 0815 and came across 17 groups/solo hikers. Lots of people were out and about so a good portion of the parking stalls were filled. Weather was overcast but the ground was relatively dry and there was a nice breeze going through. The view of H3 was nice as always!

hiking
2 months ago

This Trail is very much a lie. We parked at the top parking lot (I recommend parking at the bottom one, trust me you will see why at the end of my review) and it was an amazing trail! It was well maintained and I went with a friend that talked to me about local legends about Ohia Lehua and then menehune and then we found out about the plane that crashed and we were pretty determined to find it. About 3/4th of the way we hit the mud. At first it was just a little bit and wasn't too bad...and then it became sludge. the suction mud. and then we hit a creek that had SO MUCH MUD!!! but we made it across thanks to a rope that was up to help cross. we made it to the road and then we realized it was STRAIGHT UPHILL climb to the parking lot (hence my, park at the lower lot). This 4.2 mile is a lie, I put my watch on and we were at closer to 6.4 and that's with not going up the last hill cause it was too much of an incline. While I waited for my friend to come and pick me up in the car cause I could not make it, I was speaking with a local and they stated that rained the night before....go figure. so before going check the weather and be prepared to bring an extra pair of clothes if it did just rain. However, after all of that, I would go again in a heartbeat. Loved the shade and loved the legends from the area.

2 months ago

Long and the last mile (maybe less) was down in the valley and muddy! Will do this again, but will turn around and skip the muddy ending.

2 months ago

Beautiful trail, easy walks. Will definitely take my family here.

2 months ago

Great, well-groomed loop suitable for both runners and walkers. Manageable for even a third-trimester pregnant woman.

2 months ago

great for a quick hike or trail run. usually you will run in to people and friendly dogs. Highly recomend for new hikers or people who want a relaxing hike. It is just long enough to feel accomplished, but not long enough to be an all day acctivity. Terrain is mild in most places, it will be a slick and muddy after the rains. It is a beautiful hike and you will get a diffrent experience each time.

2 months ago

This hike has amazingly beautiful views! Did this hike at 7 am in the rain, VERY SLICK and extremely muddy. At one point where you cross what looks like a deep river I almost lost a shoe to the mud, I felt like atreyus horse Artrax from the neverending story. Walking stick is going to be your best friend. If you’re scared of heights don’t look down like I did because some of the ledges seem thinner than they actually are. I’m completely out of shape and was waiting for it to end a good hour and a half in but I survived so if I can do it so can you! It was BEAUTIFUL. Also agreed with post below mine, my phone said 6.4 miles in distance not 4.

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