Lanihuli via Kapalama Trail is a 7.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail 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.

Length7.4 miElevation gain2,877 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashHikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingRunningViewsWildflowersRockyScramble
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Parking for the trail available at the Na Pueo Park. DO NOT park at the school that is just past the park. This route will take you along the east ridge of the Kapalama Trail (the west ridge is not as maintained and alot of bushwhacking may be needed) and ends at the summit of Lanihuli. The first 1.5 miles is in a pine forest as it follows the ridge, eventually leading to a little more exposed ridge line with scattered guava. The last 0.5 miles becomes steeper and has a couple rope sections. When the summit is clear, get great views of K1/K2 and the Bowman ridgeline

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Laura P.
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HikingMuddyOver grown

This trail is pretty overgrown with vines catching your legs. It was raining the whole time we went so it was pretty slippery. We only did about half of the trail because it was getting difficult. It is still a very beautiful hike. I would recommend good hiking shoes.

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James Fraser
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WalkingBlowdownGreat!MuddyScramble

I AM BEGGING YOU TO WEAR PANTS OR LONG SOCKS!!!!! Don’t do what I did and not wear one of those two. You will have more cuts on your legs that a person trying to shave their legs for the first time.... Excellent views! Every time you turn around it gets better. Much longer than what All Trails said. Closer to 9 miles round trip. I went through 3 liters of water and all my snacks.

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Andrew Ito
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Jennifer Inwood
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HikingGreat!MuddyNo shadeOver grown

Make sure you hydrate the day/night before and bring plenty of water/electrolytes with you! This trail is longer than 7.4, we clocked somewhere between 8.5-9miles. Trekking poles, spikes and zip off trousers were very handy as further into the trail it becomes quite overgrown and can be quite muddy in places. The climb to the summit wasn’t as bad as I was expecting but very hot as there is very little tree cover. There are some great views on this hike especially if you get to the top. There’s a section of the “rope” that’s a bit sketchy but pretty essential to accessing the next portion of the trail. It’s basically a long computer cable with some knots along the way. There’s a small park with parking near the entrance that opens at 0800

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Erik Covarrubias
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kim jin
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The trail is overgrown by ferns and plants. Not enough robes for climbing and cliffs passing.

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TheXryspecs .
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Nemo Taoli'mau
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Justin Swan
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HikingMuddyOver grown
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Casey Jones
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HikingOff trailOver grownRockyScramble

First off: If you have done ridge hikes in the past, don't let the negative reviews fool you; this is a very good hike. You start off going behind the water treatment bin located in the park. The first mile or so is spent navigating rocky terrain covered with pine needles until you get on the ridge. Until about mile 2, you will be in shaded forrest with a very nicely graded trail. At about mile (You can see my recording for details) you will encounter the first stages of overgrowth. I'm not sure if someone recently improved the trail, or if the negative commenters arent used to U'luhe, but it honestly wasn't that bad throughout the hike. I would definitely reccommend pants though. Once you get to around mile 3, I reccomend you put on spikes. (If you have them). There is a pretty technical section that is coupled with slick rocks and a slick rope. Once you get past this, the overgrowth is a little worse, but nothing unbearable. The summit is amazing. You can of course try the saddles from here. I hit a wrong turn on the way back and ended up going about an extra mile. Make sure you are keeping track of all trails.

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Chelsea McKay
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HikingOff trailOver grownScramble

This hike was demoralizing. It starts off as a nice nature walk through the woods. Then a few miles with fern ankle scratchers (wear long pants and cover you ankles) and then the steep ascent. The way up was super straightforward and impossible to get lost, but the way back we took so many wrong turns and even ended up on a different ridge for a bit. Towards the end we took a wrong turn and ended up on Kamehameha Schools property and got yelled at multiple times for trespassing by the same guy. I sprained my ankle on this one, and even before that this hike just felt very long. I think it was harder than k2.

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Thornton Cornell
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Incredible views. The path alternates between the Shire and the Forests of Endor. Absolutely great. It is much easier when it is dry, however. And follow the other reviewers advice about trail navigation.

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niiimz °
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HikingMuddyNo shadeOver grownRockyScramble

My recording was 8.1mi and 2963ft elevation gain. Solid trail. Uluhe fern was very overgrown at times. This is a beautiful native fern that will tear up your clothes and scrape your shins raw no exaggeration. I saw a very aggressive wild boar on the way down toward the beginning of the trail. It repeatedly rammed the fence a half dozen times then ran off down the hill. There a many easier ways to get to the Ko’olau summit if that’s your goal. A few miles in, this trail gets very rough, exposed, and unmaintained. The end gets STEEP with just a few old ratty ropes to help. Recommend 3L of water, food, rain protection (even of a sunny day), and whatever other hiking essentials you’d like. If you’re with a small group, I’d plan for 6-7hrs or more, no kidding. I’m not a trail runner but I’m not slow. For reference, I do Kuli’ou’ou in sub 2hrs, Olomana (to 3rd peak and back) in 3hrs, and Ka’au Crater in 3:30hrs. This trail will challenge even advanced hikers in more ways than one. @niiimz_

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