Pu’u Ma’eli’eli Trail [PRIVATE PROPERTY]

MODERATE 321 reviews

Pu’u Ma’eli’eli Trail [PRIVATE PROPERTY] is a 3.4 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Kaneohe, 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 are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 3.4 km Elevation Gain: 159 m Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

bird watching

forest

views

wild flowers

muddy

private property

Also known as “Digging Hill".

hiking
5 days ago

a bit muddy but well worth the view of Kaneohe Bay at the top plus the WWII pillboxes.

hiking
muddy
10 days ago

Im a tough rater so don’t let this discourage you. The view is 5 stars. Maybe one of the best on the windward side but the hike up to it is normal Hawaii foliage. Leave enough time to take a nap at the top or bring a mini wooden airplane and fly it out to the ocean.

hiking
bugs
muddy
private property
13 days ago

hiking
16 days ago

Can be pretty muddy up that first initial hill. Some of the most beautiful views on top of the pillboxes!

hiking
1 month ago

My wife and I hike this trail every time we come to Oahu. In fact, last year when we hiked it, I proposed to her at the top, so we came back this year for our honeymoon. The trail is not too long and very fun. Most of it is covered with shade so you’re not baking under the sun while hiking. There are two pillboxes but the second one at the end of the trail is where the views are at. Beautiful view of Kaneohe Bay.

hiking
1 month ago

Rope swing was there when we went. Red mud galore. Couple pillboxes. Great view of Kaneohe etc. We parked in the shopping center parking lot and walked across road and behind guard rail to gain access to trailhead.

Pressed for time..this hike is not that long, but it's still a good workout. May continue after pillbox. Got lost so be careful. Return same route if not adventuros.

hiking
1 month ago

Short and easy hike. The hike is a somewhat hidden path off the side of the road, I would have definitely missed it if I didn't have someone leading. I like that for the most part, the path was covered so we weren't exposed to the hot sun for the entire hike. Great view of Kaneohe Bay and you can even see Chinaman's Hat from the top. There were quite a bit of low lying trees/branches you had to limbo under though.

1 month ago

This hike has a few very muddy spots so be aware of that. It can also be a bit slippery after a rain. Besides the muddy spots this is one of my very favorite hikes. The Beautiful views once at the top are phenomenal. There is also a cool bit of history to this hike and a local story told on a plaque at the top.

hiking
bugs
muddy
private property
rocky
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Nice mostly covered trail with gorgeous view of Kaneohe bay at the end

hiking
1 month ago

I loved this hike! It was easy to find and accessible, not crowded, and the hike was rewarded with a beautiful view of all of Kaneohe Bay. It's somewhat steep at the beginning and end and can be a bit muddy, but certainly not one of the more dangerous hikes. Definitely would do it again!

hiking
1 month ago

Truly one of the best views on island. Park at the theatre or other retail shops. The hike it’s self is a clear path and pretty easy over all if it’s been dry. If it’s muddy that’s another story. There are some low hanging branch portions, and a few rope portions but nothing too intense. I consider myself a pretty novice hiker and I took this trail with ease. It took me just under two hours and that was with a few picture breaks. Bring water, bug spray, sun screen, a hat was nice too but not necessary as much of the path is shaded.

hiking
bugs
muddy
private property
1 month ago

This trail was definitely worth it but be prepared to get muddy! We parked over by the Times and McDonald's. To get to the trailhead you walk along the main road and at the end of the guardrails is the beginning. Honestly the first portion of the trail is most difficult because of all the mud. Definitely use the ropes! Once past the mud mountain it levels out a bit. There's lots of low trees to climb through closer to the top and coming down is like ice skating. We got lucky and it hasn't rained to much so make sure you do this hike on a dry day or at least not after a really big rain. Also great for the dogs!

Muddy, tons of people at 10am on Sunday

hiking
private property
2 months ago

good trail

hiking
2 months ago

Nice trail to the Kahaluu Pill box. Beautiful views. Short hike. 1/2 day excursion.

hiking
2 months ago

Was a little cloudy so the views weren’t great. However on a clear day they would be amazing. The trail wasn’t muddy at all, but rain would definitely make the trail more difficult.

hiking
2 months ago

This is such a hidden gem! For people looking to escape the crowds of the pillbox hikes, this one has virtually no one hiking and it’s absolutely breathtaking at the top. To find the trail, just walk along the side of the highway

3 months ago

Favorite pillbox hike! Don’t hesitate using the ropes at the end, up and down. Not muddy at all.

hiking
3 months ago

This was truly one of the best trails imo. The trail up is clear and easy if it’s dry. But a good workout because of the incline. No sheer drop offs or anything too crazy. And it levels out at some parts. The pay off at the top is crazy. Absolutely amazing if you’re up on a clear day. The rope sections look intimidating and should be treated with respect but are really pretty easy. Over all this was sincerely one of my favorite/best hikes on island so far. Park at the theatre and follow the sidewalk down. The trail starts after the guard rail ends and inside a fenced off area. It’s hard to miss. You need bug spray, and sunscreen even though the trail is shaded.

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