Ka'ena Point Trail (from South)

MODERATE 415 reviews
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Ka'ena Point Trail (from South) is a 9.0 kilometer heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Waianae, 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.

Distance: 9.0 km Elevation Gain: 135 m Route Type: Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

paddle sports

beach

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

muddy

rocky

washed out

no shade

no dogs

Be careful leaving valuables in your car. Bathrooms located at the Waianae side, back up at the beach some mile east of Mokuleia's parking lot.

hiking
2 days ago

We love this hike. Watch the whales, the sunset. It is just beautiful.

hiking
no shade
4 days ago

5star because there are beautiful views of the shoreline for the entire trail. Not really a hike because you are on a dirt road. I have seen seals two times on this trail as well! Wear sunscreen.

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no shade
rocky
11 days ago

the end is why it's all worth it. bring a swimsuit and water shoes!

hiking
11 days ago

Great views. is very flat and no shade. It can be muddy if it has rained recently.

hiking
11 days ago

One of my favorite hikes, love the albatross sanctuary. Beautiful West side. Can get hot, not much shade. But fairly easy hike with great views.

hiking
no shade
rocky
16 days ago

Amazing hike along the coast that leads to a bird sanctuary. Trail is flat, but there is a lot of rocky/ loose footing. Lots of scenery the entire way. We hiked in April and watched wales breaching in the distance. We spent about 3 hours on the trail and then swam at the beach where we parked our car.

hiking
muddy
washed out
20 days ago

Hiked morning after heavy rain and the trail was very muddy with many areas flooded. The views were worth the mud.

hiking
1 month ago

Hike is "easy" but the "moderate" rating is likely due to length if you go all the way to the nature preserve at Kaena Point. Straight, well-worn hiking path, a car-length wide in most spots. Was hoping for some spots along the way to snorkel but waters are too rough and no great places to put in with kids. This is a wonderful hike and the nature preserve at the end is the best part. Some other hikers saw a monk seal on the beach there just before we arrived. Other hikers said monk seals are often sighted in that area.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful day with beautiful. views. Easy with a couple slight exceptions going to the point.

hiking
2 months ago

Parking to Ka'ena Point

2 months ago

Easy with nice views.

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no shade
rocky
2 months ago

2 months ago

Pretty easy hike with beautiful views. Doable in sneakers. As everyone else mentioned, bring plenty of water and sunscreen as you are not protected from the sun at all.

Easy trail, if you wanna reach the end before the sunset plan on leaving 1.30 before.

hiking
no shade
2 months ago

Beautiful trail. Not too strenuous but definitely hot. Bring water!

2 months ago

long hike! bring lots of water!, North shore side has less crime! Beautiful, If your adventurous, do the pill boxes. deep underground bunker! DO NOT GO INTO IT!!!! Unsafe, but really neat! Not for young children, Careful on assent its dangerous. In HI you can fall and DIE! Great ww2 history!

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no shade
2 months ago

Awesome hike to a well protected dunes habitat. We saw monk seals and nesting albatross.

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rocky
2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Went during the middle of the day. Sun was out but theres a consistent breeze of the water the whole time. Nice tidepool at the end to dip in. Only came across one seal.

hiking
3 months ago

Completed this hike in March 2018 and it is an incredible experience. Stunning views throughout. Not strenuous but you must wear comfortable shoes and bring plenty of water. Would absolutely recommend!

hiking
no shade
3 months ago

Ragged coast, gorgeous waves, black arch, albatrosses, seals, tidepools with fish and sea creatures.

hiking
no shade
rocky
3 months ago

Beautiful hike! Views are stunning and the path is flat the whole time. It does get really really hot so bring lots of water and come prepared to break a good sweat!

hiking
3 months ago

Great walk. Did it with 4 and 7 year old kids. Left at 1000h, should have gone earlier as there is no shade and the kids got tired earlier than they would otherwise have done (had to have lots of breaks for eldest and carry youngest for stretches). Near the end, one part had washed away, detour was a short rocky, narrow path on cliff. Beautiful views at the point, including 2 seals bathing by the rocky shore! Great views along the ocean throughout. Didn’t see other wildlife, unfortunately. Saw maybe 5-6 groups on way to the point, traffic was definitely heavier on way back, where many were heading out, surprisingly, in the midday sun. Family friendly and worth it even if kids tire out before the end, but views at the point are great, so leave early to give yourself the best chance of making it! We did full trip in 2.5-3 hrs

hiking
muddy
3 months ago

hiking
no shade
rocky
scramble
3 months ago

It was a beautiful hike, pretty flat- beautiful views of the coastline the entire time. If you have time, wear your bathing suit and you can climb down into some of the natural pools and swim around. We saw whales and a couple monk seals, a lot of birds. At Keane Point it’s all sandy. We went in the late afternoon(around 3pm), so it wasn’t muddy, however I’m sure if you go first thing in the morning the sun may have not burned off some of the moisture so it may be muddy. There are viewpoints where you can climb out on top of one of the natural bridges. There’s also an area where you can do a little bit of bouldering where the previous trail eroded- that was cool. Overall it was a fun and easy hike- good for families and kids.

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