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Kea'au Middle Ridge is a 5.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Waianae, Oahu, Hawaii that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is accessible year-round.

Length 5.9 mi Elevation gain 2,693 ft Route type Out & Back

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Forest

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Bugs

Rocky

Scramble

Historic site

No dogs

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Kea'au Middle Ridge is located at the back of Ohikilolo Valley. It is accessed through the Kea'au Homesteads Road that leads to the Our Lady of Kea'au St. Francis Retreat Center. Before entering the center, there is parking in the turn out and a dirt road through a metal gate straight ahead (gate closes at 7pm). The trail begins here continuing on the dirt road to the back of the valley. Follow the DLNR markers which are mostly right turns for about a mile till you reach the dead end of the 4WD road and the true hiking trail begins. This trail starts out in a forested wood and steadily climbs up the middle ridge. There are lost of Silver Oaks, Ohia and Koa trees. Elevation is quickly gained and soon it opens up to an exposed ridge line marked by dikes and karsts. Travel carefully as some sections are very narrow and the rock is loose. There are three sections of hills and saddles before reaching a wall that looks impassable. There is a contour trail that then leads right and through the trees, steeply climbing to gain another ridge to the final hills to the top. If you think the first false peak is challenging, then know that there is yet another to the top just as equally challenging if not more. Be ready for a lot of rock scrambling and ropes. Sometime the path is not straight up but a little sideways too. When you finally reach the top it is well worth it. From here you are now on Kea'au Ridge overlooking Makaha Valley. On a clear day, you can see all the way to the north shore, past Mount Ka'ala, west to Kaena, and to the south east to Ko'olina.

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Amanda Marie
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Hiking

AMAZING hike! Easily one of the best I’ve done on island. Truly a hidden gem compared to many other more popular and well known trails. Awesome views of the water going up and incredible galley views at the top. Majorly recommend!

Chris Resch
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Hiking

Just took a look before going up

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Waichi Chan
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Hiking

The views at the peak were so fabulous that all the effort climbing up was worth it and that I spent hours up there before hiking down . I was aware that the gate would close at 7 PM and I was running down half of the time. When I got to the gate it was 7:02 PM and the Lady who just closed the gate was kind to open it again and let me go. She did ask me to remind all my fellow hikers that this gate closes on time at 7 PM.

Rye Pogz
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Hiking

Awesome trail BUT be cognizant on hunters. Make sure to check in and see where hunters designated area. Don’t hike if there’s people hunting.

Kevin Elliott
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Hiking

This is a very nice trail!!! Parking available across from the catholic retreat center in the grass ONE HUGE CAVIOT this is accessed through private property with gates. The gate closest to the main road closes at 7pm and if you need to get out after that you have to deal with the not so friendly neighbors. So be out by 7pm. The gate that is at the start of the dirt road is always closed but you can walk/squeeze through it. Took us 5.5 hours to hike up and back.

Kenedi Ray
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HikingRocky

A very challenging yet enjoyable trail. A total ass kicker, to be honest. If you’re scared of narrow ridges, steep climbs, or ropes, this hike isn’t for you. It’s STEEP also, so make sure you have good hiking shoes. We went this morning and it was foggy and sprinkling. It was slippery in some areas, but nothing too crazy. Follow the pink ribbons to find the trail after walking down the “road.”

Oxana Balakina
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HikingRockyScramble

It is an awesome trail. Keeps you focus and have few nice surprises for sure. Great views, birds watching, some goats along the way. You going up up up and up some more! Great ridge portion, some rock climbing! Loved it!

Phillip Smith
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSat Apr 11 2020
HikingScramble

easy enough until the scramble up the last mile.

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Lionel Cabanit
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HikingBugsMuddyRocky

Great trail, recommend you go when the weather is nice and it did not rain the day prior. Hiking shoes is definitely recommended for this path. Bring gloves for the way up and heat resistant gloves for the way down on the ropes. View at the top is well worth the 2-3 hour hike up. The trail is marked with pink ribbons on trees.

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Matthew Dwight
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HikingFloodedMuddyWashed out
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Simon D
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Hiking

awesome view at the top - would be even better on a clear day! thanks to whoever added the ropes - very useful on a slippery day for the descent.

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Megan Crist
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HikingFloodedOver grownRockyScramble

Did this trail a couple weeks ago and just had a blast! Right away there was a small water passing you had to jump From rock to rock to get across, but once you do you’re fine and it’s dry the rest of the way. There was a tree down that blocked the path so we followed another path that wasn’t right as there are many paths that bow hunters use, so that was a bit of a detour, but you’ll see a white Gatorade cap nailed to a tree at the T I’m talking about, so just go around the brush and the rest is pretty self explanatory. There are some rocks that aren’t totally stable so when you are climbing up make sure you check to make sure, just to be safe . The ridge line as you get to the top is something you just gotta take your time on and be mindful of what you’re doing, but is so worth it as the views and everything are just so incredible and so worth it! The views of the west end and the mountains are just breathtaking! Not a ton of people on this trail, definitely overgrown in some parts, but just a blast! I love exploring “off the beaten path” though. Have a blast!

Paul's O.
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Private propertyRockyScramble

This hike has some of the best payoff views, but a few things to consider. The Rd is gated may get locked before 7pm, just need to talk with the stable, and they can let you out. you start out on a road surface that is also part of the riding trail. Once into the base of the Mt, someone has just recently weed whacker the grass, so be mindful of your footing. The hike has some challenging scrambles. But be mindful that not every rock is secure, l had a few that needed to be dislodged in order to not be a hazard down the Rd. If it has rained recently do not attempt the final summit, it could get very slick and not much to hang on to. Over all the views of the ocean are great, but not much terrain change. The final summit is amazing one can see to the north shore of the clouds are high. Take your time and it's great. 5 hr round trip. Do not recommend for kids.

Christopher Branham
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left my sunglasses on the trail towards the top of the ridge. very important to me and a cash rewards. thanks!

Albert Sinram
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HikingMuddyOff trailOver grownRockyScramble
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Rachel Sell
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HikingOver grownScramble
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