Kamanaiki Ridge is a 4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round.

Length4.0 miElevation gain1,571 ftRoute typeOut & back
HikingForestViewsWildflowersWildlifeBugsMuddyOver grownNo dogs
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Lauren Butler
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Hiking

Please find below my original review as a caution!! I got lost on my first try. The sign saying no hiking is the original entrance. Now you can take the entrance to its left up to the vacant lot then at the top head toward where those closed stairs would’ve taken you (right) and you’ll see stairs in the woods where the real trail begins. I absolutely loved this hike!! The views throughout are incredible! This is a review I left at first when I went left at the top of the open stairs - don’t make this mistake! I arrived here, climbed the stairs, and absolutely couldn’t find a trail. Made my way up hill through the overgrowth for a little bit but gave up. I’d caution others from coming here.

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Katie Lau
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Hiking

Very underrated hike, the view points are spread out throughout the hike and there is a 180 view of Kalihi valley. The first mile or so is somewhat tiring but it gets easier as you go on. Would definitely go back!

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Beverly Eagen
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This is a hard hike. Not technical, but strenuous. We will definitely do it again. We only saw 4 other people the entire hike which was great. I was glad we had our walking sticks as it helped with the descents.

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Joseph Burnette
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Trail was good. Watch out for a bee hive about .3k in. I didn’t notice anything going out, coming back ( at 6k) I saw the swarm and had to go around.

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David Livingston
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We did the trail again. No boobie traps. Trail is in great shape except for a few spots. I found the trailhead down to Kamanaiki Falls. On the east slope of the ridge just beyond a clearing with a good view of the east. Keep your eyes open for the historic Burmeister Overpass. http://archives.starbulletin.com/2005/02/26/news/whatever.html

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Thomas Barrett
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I had a great day, but I wouldn’t go the way we went ;)

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Chris Francisco
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David Livingston
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HikingGreat!

The old entrance the owner has put up a new gate. So now enter from the vacant lot to the left. Went with a group of hikers but we decided to go a bit earlier. The leader wasn’t hiker material so we figured they gave up and went home. They would have held us back. Neighborhood vigilantes have made some booby traps with fishing line so beware. Once on the steps it was a simple two miles up and two down. FYI never park your car nearby. And all that implies. Take the 7 or 61 bus. Drops you off a block from the trailhead. The hike is rated difficult but IMO it’s beginner level. Took 68 minutes to the top.

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AJ Coppes
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Nichole Woods
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Pretty good trail, I felt it was pretty consistently steep, so good exercise. Some overgrowth towards the end, so long pants were nice. Not at technical as some of the other hikes rated as hard. You kind of wander up the empty lot to find the stairs. Just be careful, there is a lot of broken glass and stuff. It’s a fun hike!

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Lina R
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Beautiful trail with stunning views. The first 1/2 mile is a killer. It keeps going up, and definitely wear long pants. But it’s worth it

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Justin Harris
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Great moderate hike through a variety of landscapes. Very well shaded and not too muddy. We had spikes and they were useful on the hike down. Trailhead is to the left of the "no hiking" sign.

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Jonathan Ford
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HikingGreat!Over grownScramble

Good hike! I was hoping for a good workout without too much mud or other people and this trail delivered. I only passed one pair of other hikers in the first 1/2 mile, other than that I had the trail to myself. Conditions were very good for this time of year - no mud worth mentioning. I brought my pup and she had no issues, if your dog is an agile avid hiker I doubt they will have any issues. Perhaps the "no dogs" tag should be reconsidered. Difficulty was on the hard moderate/easy difficult scale. Some narrow parts to the ridge, some overgrowth at the end that scratched up my shins and solid inclines in slope for a good workout. Just a little bit of scramble and a couple short rope portions. Trailhead: Take the stairs to the left as you reach the top of the road. Look for the the abandoned concrete foundation to start the trail. I took some pictures of it in my recording, hopefully that is helpful. Lots of old trash, some broken glass and discarded, rusty, appliances at the start, but make your way to the right and look for the orange ribbons to find the old stone stairway that will take you to the proper part of the trail.

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Daisy Stickney
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Amanda Henson
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trail head is just to the left of the persons house that says no hiking. the beginning stairs are the hardest part of this hike! when I got up there, a few places made me understand why no dogs are allowed. It would be dangerous for them and for children. Great views. strawberry guavas near the top. Only one other group on the trail. Be considerate! This is in a residential neighborhood!

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Aida Gordon
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sal sal
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Chris M
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HikingGreat!

#14 hike from Stuart Ball’s The Hikers Guide to O‘ahu. This is a great—if unremarkable—hike. The day we did it, we saw no one else on the trail. That seems due to a combination of parking and access. You can typically find parking on Kalihi Street and walk up Manaiki Place. Although, I’ve been yelled at before for “taking” someone’s personal street parking slot—and I was even living in Kalihi at the time. It is what it is. As for access, the staircase described by Ball has been blocked off by the adjacent home owner. It seems pretty obvious that the stairs are Board of Water Supply access and property, but no one from BWS has removed the gate yet. Luckily the property to the left of the stairs has been razed, so you can access the trail across that empty lot. Just be careful of metal trash, nails, etc. Once on the trail, the hike is moderate effort, decently maintained, and graded. Some small climbs make it worth the cardio. The views of Kalihi Valley and Kalihi Uka on either side are pretty amazing. The flora is also quite remarkable with quite a bit of ‘iliahi mixed in with the koa and ‘ōhi’a. We continued past Ball’s turn around point, but the trail gets overgrown quickly with ‘uluhe ferns and is totally ungraded. It was much less fun. We only went about a quarter mile farther before turning back. Ball calls the hike 5 miles, but his turnaround point is closer to 4.2 miles round trip. (I think he always rounds up.) We logged 4.6 miles and 1,500 feet in 4 hours, including rest. This hike isn’t special, but it’s still underrated and worth the effort.

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Kallista Hiraoka
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HikingGreat!

First. It’s somewhat difficult to find the trailhead. The homeowner where it looks like the trail starts has locked the gate in front of the stairs. We accessed the trail going through what looked like a construction dumping ground. Second. I wouldn’t say this trail is technically difficult, there aren’t any features that make this a technical trail (I.e., scrambles, steep areas of clay, etc.). What makes this trail difficult is once you start there is like no reprieve from the climb until you reach the end. The other thing that makes this kind of difficult is the pine needles, which makes the trail a little slippery. Nothing too difficult, however.

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Danielle Roussos
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Hiking

Solid climb but doggo.could handle this one. No mud and a nice path the whole time

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Richard Stone
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Mountain biking

Thanks to Stuart Ball for putting this trail in his Oahu guide. Would probably never have tried it otherwise. A beautiful medium-length hike, which overall is not more than moderately difficult - certainly not hard. Surprisingly dry - one or two small mud spots - while hikes in mauka areas (such as Manoa) have settled in to their standard winter mud and wet. Steps up to water tank are a bit daunting at the start, and there are a few other steep stretches, but lots of up and down both directions to keep you legs from getting too tired. Enjoy the variety of forest types and the deep valley views. A great and little-used trail (we saw about 5 others) conveniently close to the center of the city, yet taking you completely away from its busyness.

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EL P
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Younghee Cho
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Jan Creekmur
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I accidentally stopped my recording and restarted. base from my hiking partner's recording, its 4.5 miles out and back and moving time about 3.5 hours. a lot of incline so you get a good workout. three consecutive stairs in the beginning. mostly shaded with lots of strawberry guavas. I think we were two weeks late coz most of them were rotting already. true, not the best of views but its a less traveled trail. we were the only hikers that day.

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Sammie Lance
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A great workout! lots of strawberry guava fruits. stopped multiple times to pick gauva fruits in addition to 30 min break @ top. shade the most of times. Pretty safe trail overall, just had to deal with 160 stairs to climb to begin with.

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EL P
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Trisha Kib
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Hiking

Firstly, you need to park near Manaiki Place which can be tricky since this is a busy area. Then the trail begins at the end of that street, up some stairs. There is a house with a Private Property sign, the stairs are nearby. This is a challenging trail; not only with how rapid the elevation ascent is (ensuring a good workout), but also with the descent. The trail is covered in pine needles for a significant portion so make sure your footwear is appropriate otherwise skating/sliding is an issue. Sneakers may not provide enough traction. I would NOT recommend hiking if it has rained at all. Some nice views since it's so high up but not a well-kept trail.

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Richard Elliott
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Backpacking

Good hike. Not the best views but a good workout. Lots of fruits to eat

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