Pupukea-Paumalu Trail

MODERATE 61 reviews

Pupukea-Paumalu Trail is a 14.0 kilometer moderately trafficked loop trail located near Haleiwa, 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 and horses are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 14.0 km Elevation Gain: 606 m Route Type: Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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Series of horse, biking and hiking trails in the Pukukea-Paumalu Forest Reserve located in the northernmost district of Oahu. The Pupukea-Paumalu area is rural, largely undeveloped, with rolling terrain and a 300-foot tall bluff approximately 1,200 feet inland from Kamehameha Highway. Three gulches run from mauka to makai, created by three intermittent streams: Paumal, Pklena, and Klunawaikaala. Vegetative communities consist mostly of introduced species, although there are several native plant species still found on-site. Consisting of 1,144-acre City- and State-owned property, the area is being developed and maintained as a shared community resource. There are more than 15 miles of single track and jeep roads linking up from behind the Ehukai Elementary School all the way to Pupukea. No motorized vehicles allowed. There are many linking trails and a unique multi-junction area in the middle called Lilikoi Junction. There are many jumps and ramps to suit riders of all levels. Hikers can enjoy the forest walk or look forward to the cliff views overlooking Sharks Cove and the Three Tables. There are also many interesting bunkers and strange objects to explore.

hiking
3 days ago

Made it 6 of the 8 miles this time!! Next time this trail will be completed. Dogs loved it.

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bugs
10 days ago

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1 month ago

track more into mountain biking. Easy and relaxing stroll through the Forrest. A bit boring on foot

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over grown
4 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

This trail is totally flat and there are ZERO trail markers. I passed one lookout point, but otherwise the trail is all enclosed. Don't get me wrong - it's a beautiful walk. But it's definitely not a hike. And the parking is sketchy cause it's in a nice neighborhood with "no parking" signs everywhere. If you decide to go on this jaunt, just know that it's good steady state cardio and that's about it.

hiking
6 months ago

Great hike but not well signed. There are a lot of side trails so you may end up doing a much longer distance - totally worth it. We spent 2 1/2 hours on the trails.

hiking
6 months ago

This trail is great for little ones. It’s quick and easy.

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muddy
6 months ago

Cool spot for an easy hike. No coastal views but there are numerous single track trails to explore and the surroundings are gorgeous!

10 months ago

Super great hike some signs but you really have to explore for yourself to get the full experience

10 months ago

I only wish it had more signs. I had a hard time finding my way back to the road after I was done.

hiking
Monday, January 22, 2018

Quite a forest trail, do some research prior to taking it on as there are multiple, multiple paths to take throughout the Pupukea Forest. A Mountain cyclists dream come true, as most of the trails are geared for bikes.

running
Sunday, December 31, 2017

Great run on the trails today. Ran up to trailhead from Sunset and got several miles in on trails. Awesome.

hiking
Sunday, November 12, 2017

The hiking trail wasn’t clearly marked and I don’t feel like I got in the full 9+ miles, but still a great area to trek around. The whole area is a network of walking/biking/atv trails. It’s mostly woods and bike trails, so unfortunately no epic views, but I think it’d make for a great nature walk/zen session. The only steep/difficult areas (for hiking) are the entrance/exit and the specifically biking areas, so strongly recommend for those who are looking to get into/new to hiking. Seems like a great place to take the dogs.

Sunday, July 09, 2017

Too easy to get lost. Will be back

hiking
Monday, June 05, 2017

Great family hike!!!

hiking
Monday, April 03, 2017

So many hidden treasures along the trails. Super fun!!

hiking
Monday, March 27, 2017

The trail was really good enjoyed hiking it a lot with some friends. Our first time to hike the trail and had a good time choosing from choosing many directions to hike from. Hike offers well kept trails and offers a great destination for mountain bikers which we ran to multiple times with many down hill mounds and fun little drops. Enjoyed the fact you can continue on to Ehukai Pillbox as well. Good trail!

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Jan 2017. Loved this trail! Tons of trails in different directions, GPS with this app was helpful for staying oriented. Lots of flat easy hiking. Also parts of the trail (Party Line trail) that seemed designed for mountain biking, with lots of ups and downs and banked curves, which I decided to skip. But it was easy just to go a different way. Only encountered one person on a mountain bike over a couple hours of hiking. Mostly shaded with a nice breeze off the ocean. No views of the ocean on the part I hiked. Would definitely do this one again, and explore more of the different trails.

hiking
Monday, July 11, 2016

Great for a dog, just watch out for mountain bikes. Tons of trails going in every direction. Getting lost uncovered tons of hidden gems, just make sure to carry plenty of water for you and the puppy if you plan on getting lost like I did.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Fabulous forest walk, nice and cool even in the summer. Lots of tracks, would have been completely lost without the track, so thanks for putting this together. Got some good geocaching as well!

hiking
Tuesday, May 10, 2016

We accidentally stumbled onto this trail from the ehukai trail. Had a beautiful bunker though we didn't do the whole thing it was still beautiful. Lots of side trails.

mountain biking
Tuesday, October 20, 2015

We had a blast! If you're courageous enough, take a ride down the Party Line Trail. I took several tumbles on it, but would definitely do it again.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Great workout to get to the Boy Scout Campground then it's all play and trails downhill. A bunch of fun and a lot of space to roam around on. Bring lots of water, it can get muggy and hot up there.

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