Hahaione to Pyramid Rock Loop

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Hahaione to Pyramid Rock Loop is a 4.2 kilometer lightly trafficked loop trail located near Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii that offers scenic views and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 4.2 km Elevation Gain: 440 m Route Type: Loop

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

views

blowdown

bugs

over grown

rocky

scramble

no dogs

This is a variation hike that combines the Hahaione Ridge hike with a portion of the KSRT to the Pyramid Rock, returning via the finger ridge back down to the trailhead. The KSRT section can be somewhat confusing as it is not a pure cliff walk. Some sections are also overgrown with grass so long sleeves and pants are required.

hiking
rocky
scramble
5 months ago

I hiked this a few days ago. Took me 3 hours, 1 hour from the street to the pyramid, 45 minutes across the ridge, and the rest to get down. I followed the tips of Youtuber called “The Not So Good Hikers”. They give great tips on where to go, what to look for, where to turn. You could just keep going along the ridge and hike as long as you want but be extra careful and keep a watch out for trail markers, ribbons. If you go a minute or 2 without seeing you’re probably off the trail. The climb to the pyramid is steep and dangerous so just watch your grib and footing but the views are worth it.

hiking
5 months ago

This is a complex hike. I am not sure how All Trails says it’s 2.6 miles, and I made sure to look at all the recordings for this hike, and they are somehow all also 2-3 miles round trip. That just is not true, this is easily 6 miles, 2,200 ft elevation gain and will take 5-6 hours. We ran into three people on the way up and they all said they just went to the top and back down the same way, rather than doing the loop to Pyramid Rock. Each of these people had a dog though and said that was why, that the climb up and down the rock isn’t suitable for a dog. The turn to loop around to go to pyramid rock and back down is hidden, so we accidentally continued on the trail towards Kouliouou Ridge. If you see the hanging picture frame (I saved the photo to the trail) then you have gone too far (although it is a cool photo opportunity). Pyramid rock was cool but exhausting. I would compare this hike to Three Peaks (Olamana), not for an inexperienced hiker by any means. We got lost quite a few times. I know my muscles will be sore tomorrow.

hiking
over grown
private property
scramble
5 months ago

Brilliant views, especially in the latter section of the trail. Pyramid rock is certainly the highlight of this trail. It's exposed and a scramble to get up there, but well worth it. The ridge trail from Hahaione to pyramid rock can be confusing at times, with a very overgrown though regularly marked trail. This is nothing for anyone afraid of heights

hiking
off trail
over grown
private property
rocky
scramble
5 months ago

Trail begins in a residential area with ample street parking. There is one sign that states private property but it doesn't look like the city put it there....it's nailed to a tree. Lots of overgrown and scramble areas if you try the whole loop. Several ropes to assist in the tough spots. Once at pyramid rock, the wind gusts alone against the slim rock face trail was enough to utilize a work around. Read the topography and found an alternate trail pushing thru Mariners Ridge. While route was 6.96 miles in about 4.5 hrs. Only experienced hikers should attempt.

hiking
over grown
rocky
scramble
6 months ago

The early parts of this trail are fairly well maintained and an easy uphill hike to the first landing. Turn left and cross the stream bed (was dry) to reach the clearing, where you’ll turn right to go up mountain along the bank of another stream bed (also dry). Where the second stream bed begins at a rock face you cross and begin ascending to get to the ridge. A few switchbacks take you from more tropical flora up to a pine forest. When the path gets flatter on top of the ridge turn right again up mountain to continue ascending, following the pink flags along the way and going up to the right at the Y. A moderate uphill climb quickly turns into a steep climb with ropes to grab onto for support. The path here got much steeper and with the bed of slippery pine needles and our tired legs this is where we stopped for the day. The way back down the steep pine needle covered ground was difficult to keep our footing and required a bit of scooting/sliding to get down safely. Definitely a challenging hike to go all the way up but could still be a fun adventure to stay down below to climb around the banks and stream beds for bouldering or to just chill in the pine forest on the lower part of the ridge. Great area though, cool and shady and we will definitely go again!

6 months ago

East to west, up to Kuliouou and back down. I lost the trail a few time but picked it back up, there are pink ribbons in the beginning for another trail - don’t follow them, stay to the left and head up the ridge. It’s a steep hike but not bad.

hiking
off trail
over grown
rocky
6 months ago

hiking
muddy
over grown
private property
scramble
6 months ago

Incredible! The best hike views on the island hands down.

8 months ago

will be in area January 4th to the 10th looking for hiking buddies! email orangecky2k10@gmail.com

hiking
Monday, May 28, 2018

This was a great hiking trail, I would consider this Hard on difficulty level. I recorded the hike using my FitBit and it recorded 6.7 miles, took us about 6 hours total. We followed the trail on a clockwise direction and it took us about 4.5 miles before reaching Pyramid Rock. Once you get to the Koolau Summit Trail the marking is poor and we got lost on two different occasions (this probably added another hour and another mile). Multiple dangerous areas, definitely not for kids or pets. Great views, totally worth it!!!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

I did the loop trail with an veteran hiker. We hiked about 4.5 miles, not 2.6 as stated above. It’s a challenging ‘direct’ ascent and decline with a lovely forested ridge hike in between. One treat is that the temp cools a little as you ascend

hiking
Thursday, July 06, 2017

I enjoyed this hike and followed the track in a clockwise direction. The trek up to the ridge took us through a variety of microclimates ranging from a thickly forested streambed area, up through less densely forested areas, to pine forests, up to open ridgeline type vegetation. There were several sections with ropes on the western side of this hike that as it was pretty dry when we hiked it the ropes weren't necessary. However, if it were wet then I could envision that they would come in handy. Once you reach the Koolau Summit Trail (KST) then you work your way east to Pyramid Rock. Take care along the KST as there are some sections that are deceivingly slippery and if you don't have great traction on your shoes could prove very dangerous or fatal. Most of our group wore microspikes which made it pretty easy to navigate but a few didn't have microspikes and they slid and fell a few times (thankfully not off the cliff!). When you reach the Pyramid Rock section then the fun begins! I would only attempt this section in dry conditions as it requires lots of rock climbing with some sections offering ropes for extra support/stability along the climb. The blazes are few and far between in areas and some sections of the rock climb are much easier and safer than others. Though I have a fear of heights I really enjoyed this section of the hike. Once we descended down Pyramid Rock then it was a bit of a 'hunt' to find the trail and the blazes along the way. The descent was steep and interesting at first but then after awhile it sort of became the same view of pine trees, copper trees, pink/orange blazes and then eventually you reach a section with a chain link fence that you have to climb down into a densely forested stream bed/flash flood looking type of a section where it appears teens have enjoyed a few too many alcoholic beverages as it's laced with trash. It's still blazed but does take a few extra steps in between blazed sections to find the next blaze on the path. Ultimately, you'll reach a water tank area on a paved road that winds down to houses in the neighborhood and back onto the neighborhood street. I thoroughly enjoyed the first half of the hike, absolutely loved the Pyramid Rock climb and descent but then wasn't so thrilled with the final stretch on the steep descent into the trashy wooded area toward the end. This part of it was why I didn't give it five stars. The views of Waimanalo and the valley are pretty nice from the top of Pyramid Rock and from sections of the KST.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

intense hike with good views at the top. the path is steep at times but it is in the shade. near the starting point it is easy to lose the trail as it is not always clear which way to go. near the top there are pink ribbons to guide you. there is a "private property" sign at the beginning of the trail

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