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Hanauma Bay Ridge Trail [PRIVATE PROPERTY]

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Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve

Hanauma Bay Ridge Trail [PRIVATE PROPERTY] is a 4.2 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Honolulu, 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.

Length 4.2 mi Elevation gain 1,535 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Kid friendly Hiking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Beach Partially paved Views Wild flowers Wildlife Rocky No shade Private property
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NOTE: As of June 01, 2020, users have reported that hikers are getting citations for hiking this trail. This trail is also called the Hanauma Bay Rim Trail. This trail is located to the west of Hanauma Bay. Koko Head is often mistaken for Koko Crater. This one is on the makai (ocean) side of the state and national parks and is not the tuff cone with the railway line. This lesser known trail starts at the Hanauma Bay bus stop with a road that leads up the hill towards the ocean. Note that this is not a public area, so visit at your own risk. This trail has no cover so bring lots of sun screen. It is also normally very windy. The main attractions are the four leaf clover bloom in the spring and a sea cliff rock bridge that is located just past Pai'olu'olu Point.

There is no parking at the trail head, so if you choose to visit, park in the neighboring housing of portlock or across Hanauma Bay in the Koko Head Regional Park. You may also opt to park at Hanauma Bay. Customary parking fees apply. Hanauma Bay has full facilities.

Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau, 2270 Kalakaua Avenue, Suite 801 , Honolulu, HI, 96815, Phone: 800-GOHAWAII, Fax: 808-924-0290

From Honolulu take H1 East which then becomes Kalanianaole Highway. Follow it past Hawaii Kai till you see the signed for Hanauma Bay.

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Brian Bishko
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Great trail with easy parking/access to the trail. Was nice variance throughout with some being paved and some good challenging off pavement areas. Amazing views 360 almost the whole way around.

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Alicia Maria
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DONT GO!!! We attempted to do this trail today but two different groups of people caught us before we started and told us they got fined! There are cops standing on the trail handing out citations, one group said their fine is $5000!!!

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Adam Briles
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Hiked this half a dozen times now. The view never gets old. The water looks amazingly bright blue and green in the midday sun, but be warned, this is a hot dry hike, especially midday. Bring more water than you think you’ll need for a hike this short.

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Mike Templeman
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It is government property but never had a problem. It’s a paved road unless you go down into the crater. Their are 2 places to go down the first is steep and loose gravel but a little shorter. The 2nd path down is not smooth it’s like huge pot holes. I’ve seen trucks down there. Anyways if you are looking for the stone bridge look to the far Ridge you will see bushes, the easiest way I found was stay to the left of the far left bush and it’s like pot holes. Keep going and you can’t see it but then what I call a black rock formation will come into view make your way there and the bridge is to the far right. Some people stand on it but wouldn’t recommend it because you will be turning your back to the waves witch are unpredictable.

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wadegreenlee .
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Tammi Zahn
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Paved hike to the top with breathtaking views of Hanauma Bay on the left and Hawaii Kai on the the right. Makes for an easy out and back hike. For a more moderate hike take any of the dirt/rock trails for a loop hike.

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Victoria Gorbacheva
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Sarah Hamilton
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Awesome trail. Amazing views. Would've been even better if the cops weren't called on us. We got a warning because it was our first warning, he looked up our info. If we get caught again citation or jail.

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Lyndsay Anne
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Beautiful views! The breeze made it bearable without shade. We followed the asphalt road until the last tower, then turned left down the rock face. The map brought us to a gorge that we were literally rock climbing through vines... don’t go this way. Instead, before the tower on the asphalt there will be a dirt trail to go down— take that and it will still loop around.

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Laura Ivanova
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Great trail, awesome views, but NO shade whatsoever. My older dog overheats easily so I can’t take her with me, but I still love this hike. You can get off the path and explore along the cliffs. Awesome views and harder than it looks. Some of the vertical, especially on the far south side are steep. IG: @pieandthesky

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Emery Herrmann
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Love this trail! As many have said, the trail dead ends about halfway around the loop (after you walk down the sea cliff). Still worth going down there. Saw some sea turtles! I just double backed and went through the blue dotted part on the map. Maybe you could cut through somehow, but I looked for 15 minutes and it was heavily covered in either brush or a drop off and I didn’t have the right gear for it. At the end of the loop, you get some great views of the bay that you can not get anywhere else.

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Chad Oh
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Great hike if your looking for a paved one.

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Jose M
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Beautiful views of Hanauma bay. Definitely worth it!

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Dan Scantlan
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Great hike. A lot of it is paved. Awesome spot for whale watching and amazing views of the bay/Koko head IG: hikin_hawaii

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Ember Martin
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Gorgeous views! The only downside is how dang hot this hike is.

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Lee Davis
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Trail was great but the loop on the right side runs into a dead end. Maybe if you are into scaling cliffs you can complete it to hike the other mountain top. We had to turn around at the bottom and climb the steep hill back. Pretty cool view at the end and not as treacherous as it looks from above. We saw four sea turtles swimming in a cove.

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Dwight Velazquez
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Easy to hike. Perfect view and can see other island on a clear.

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David Wright
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Nice moderately difficult trail but do not go to the second cell tower. You can go along the ridge but it dead ends. Instead turn left past the first cell tower about 100 yards and take that down to the point. The hike back up is challenging but great! It overlooks the beach and cove!

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Bryce Bruns
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Great mid-level trail for those wanting more than the lighthouse hike but not ready for the ridge lines. The view of the bay is so iconic and beautiful and the geological aspects of this hike are probably the single best on the island in terms of diversity and beauty. The beginning is all pavement, maybe 30-40%, then downhill, be careful, slippery, and then fairly fly and easy. Make it to the rock bridge at the oceans edge and just look around, amazing. There is also a large large sundial at the top most people (me) miss the first time around. Enjoy! :)

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Jessica Cochran
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HikingNo shadeOff trailOver grownPrivate propertyRockyScramble

Great views. Multiple trail offshoots. There are paved portions leading to the trail & some service road areas that are easier. The All Trails trail does not line up with an actual trail in several areas, particularly across a major gulch. Use good judgement & take well trodden paths. Best to do when the trail is definitely dry. There are steep inclines/declines with loose dirt/rocks. We got to see several whales, turtles, and manta rays. If you park at Hanauma Bay remember the parking lot closes at 6pm.

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