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Pu'u Manamana Turnover Trail is a 3.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Hauula, Oahu, Hawaii that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Length 3.7 mi Elevation gain 2,145 ft Route type Loop

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Beach

Forest

Views

Wild flowers

Bugs

Muddy

Over grown

Rocky

Scramble

No dogs

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Getting There

One of the more difficult and treacherous hikes on the island of Oahu. The hike takes you up to the rock formation known as Crouching Lion and then rides a ridgeline up and down. Very good challenge for the sure-footed hiker. The trail head is passed the fishpond, heading back towards Kaneohe direction, near a telephone pole that is marked with a fluorescent marker. There is a rope at the trail head to aid your start. Amazing views of the Kahana Ahupuaa (land division). This is not an easy hike. Balance is crucial. Skip this one if you are afraid of heights and be careful if it is gusty. Note that this trail does not attempt Pu'u Manamana at all. It goes to a turnover point in which most will stop and traverse down and out to complete the loop. True Manamana lies ahead and is only for the extreme hiker. A variant of this trail is to approach it from Kahekili instead.

Park on the ocean side of the highway. Avoid blocking the roads to the beach or the fishpond.

From Honolulu, head Northeast over to Kaneohe via Likelike Hwy or the H3 Freeway. Head North towards Kaaawa. Pass the Kualoa Ranch, the village of Kaaawa and stop in Kahana Valley.

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Humberto Mendoa
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HikingMuddyOver grownRockyScramble

First and last mile were challenging and fun. In between that sucks. I would give 5 stars if the overgrown brush was chopped down.

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Pohn Thaneouthith
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Hiking

this trail is bs unless you like getting tickled by bushes 3/4 of the way

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J D
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Hiking

This was a very physical hike, but I loved it. If you just want to experience being on the famous knife-edge ridge, it's not too difficult to get there from the Crouching Lion trailhead. If that's your goal, you can turn around there and go back the way you came, or take Kahekili trail on the way down if you know the route or have a reliable GPS tracker. After the junction where Pu'u Manamana Ridge and Kahekili Ridge meet, the trail will be severely overgrown and usually muddy. When I went, the trail wasn't too muddy, and the whole hike was quite enjoyable. As for the famous ridge, it felt awesome traversing that ridge, but at the same time, you have to be on edge. People have died there. If you've done a few KST crossovers and Olomana (all three peaks), you'll likely be okay.

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Erick Ramirez
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HikingBugsMuddyOff trailOver grownRockyScramble

This hike is killer lol. We did the whole loop and with pictures and drone flying it took us 6 hours 30 minutes. I hike 3 times a week but this trail was the most painful thing I’ve ever done. Close to the mid point of the loop it starts to be overgrowth everywhere. These twigs and bushes with thorns cut us up pretty good. The views are the best from the first half of the ridge so there really is no point to do the whole loop unless you really want to check it off and feel accomplished. I would say this is an expert hike, there are a lot of narrow ridges and the second half has moss on the edges so you could step on it thinking it’s solid and you might trip up or fall through. If you are going to do it, wear pants, have sunglasses to protect your eyes from twigs, bring snacks and plenty of water. Even on a sunny day, there’s parts on the second part that were really muddy so just be aware of that. Hope this helps and good luck to everyone

Jessica Roper
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HikingBugsMuddyOver grownScramble

Whew! First, I want to echo what a fewother users said about this trail: 1) DO NOT UNDERESTIMATE how long it takes to do 4 miles! I consider myself a very strong hiker, and this took me 4.5 hrs. 2) Long pants are STRONGLY SUGGESTED. You won't think so at first because you're scrambling up rocks, but if you intend to do the whole loop, oh you'll want them. 3) The trail does become very overgrown after the main rocky ridgeline. There are several parts you actually crawl through Uluhe fern tunnels. That said, it does look like someone has gone through and done a bit of trail maintenance somewhat recently. Thank you!! Also keep your eye out for pink ribbons. They aren't abundant, but I would see one again just as I was losing hope. Overall, this is an absolute gorgeous & stunning trail! Does not seem well-frequented, so you'll get a chance to be one with nature. I did see a pig and you have to navigate through several of their muddy pig trails so even on a dry day, be ready. Also to note, the trail map looks like you take a right-hand turn for the turnaround to get back down to the road, but DO NOT take a sharp/obvious right after the trail intersects bc you'll end up going down into the valley following pig trails and that's not the trail! Stay on the main trail and follow it straight on along the ridge. It will turn. Also, AllTrails ended up being SPOT ON so I was able to navigate back to the trail once I realized I'd gone wrong. If you're more than a hair off of the app on this trail, reevaluate! Good luck & enjoy!

Emery Herrmann
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Hiking

Not going to lie, this hike stressed me out. This is coming from a guy that lives on Oahu and hikes a couple times weekly. I ended up turning around about 3/4 a mile past Crouching Lion because I just didn’t feel comfortable anymore. More power to you for doing the whole loop, but I didn’t want to chance it. If it doesn’t feel right, turn around. The views are great at Crouching Lion. Really dry out as well so I was sliding around in my hiking shoes.

Lyn San
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Hiking

My friend and I would like to do this trail. Anyone driving and keen for us to join, contactable on Facebook

Davy S
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HikingMuddyOver grownRocky

the most amazing hike i ever did. and i did a lot. don't do it if you are afraid of heights. if you love adventure, some tricky climbing parts, narrow ridges and amazing views do it. just amazing to walk on this narrow ridge. the way back can vary. there are different ways down. also had to fight through some very bushy parts towards peak. but its doable! only do it when its sunny and clear.

Tazz Manian Devil
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HikingBlowdownOver grown

Great hike very dangerous though only go when it's sunny and clear. If you do not like heights this is not for you. Thrill seek hike for heights. I didnt go all the way because it's overgrown towards the peek. But all and all great hike be careful you can die on this hike it's extremely dangerous not for beginners.

Lauren Hoffmann
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HikingMuddyOver grown

This trail isn’t worth the physical and emotional labor. The trail is defined but you still get scraped the heck up and covered in mud. You have excellent views of Crouching Lion just a little way up the trail so you could just go up a bit and come down - no need to encompass the entire trail (and most people that rate this hike as higher don't complete the entire thing). There’s tons of other good hikes in the area that are more worth your time.

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Shelby Leichman
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Heidi Brügger
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HikingClosed

Alle Wege sind gesperrt. Der Crouching Lion kann und darf nicht begangen werden.

Pukana Ha’i
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Hiking

AMAZING HIKE! Not for the faint of heart though. Only do this if you are always aware and make sure the weather is good that day. Excellent views and crazy cool ridges :))

H.A. Kenn
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HikingMuddyRockyScramble

THIS TRAIL ALMOST KILLED ME! Don’t hike it!! If that headline made you want to do it even more, this trail is definitely for you. Amazing views, really good workout. Easily one my favorites on the island. Pretty overgrown once you get past the knife ridges. Also muddy. If you start from the crouching lion side you get the cardio and view payoffs right away, then have to bushwhack for another hour to the top. Pretty easy to miss the turn for the turnover and keep going toward true manamana instead of dune the adjacent ridge and onto trout farm rd. Small cemetery at the end of the trail and easy to veer onto private property if you don’t follow trail markers. All in all amazing hike if you have the time and are sure footed.

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