Schofield Waikane Trail is a 11.7 mile out and back trail located near Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and camping and is accessible year-round.

Length11.7 miElevation gain2,503 ftRoute typeOut & back
CampingHikingForestViewsWildflowersWildlifeOver grownNo dogs
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This is a 7 mile hiking trail that requires permits from both the Schofield Military and the Department of Forestry and Wildlife in order to gain access. The first part of the trail traverses a 4WD road that passes through military land. At the end of the 4WD starts the hiking trailhead. Since this trail does not get a lot of traffic be prepared for the way to be somewhat overgrown. The reward at the end of the trail is the perfect view of Kahana Valley to the ocean. To the right will be Pu'u Keaumakua and to the right will be Pu'u Pauoa, ahead will be the pyramid peak of Pu'u Ohulehule.

Street parking at the end of California Avenue. Respect the neighborhood and park without blocking any throughways.

Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau, 2270 Kalakaua Avenue, Suite 801 , Honolulu, HI, 96815, Phone: 800-GOHAWAII, Fax: 808-924-0290

Directions from : Written permission is required from Schofield East Range Control to access Schofield-Waikane Trail.

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Jacob Paszkiewicz
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HikingMuddyOff trailOver grown

I only got through part of it before it started pouring rain and I decided to turn back, but the lower portion of the trail was beautiful. kinda overgrown but lots of nature and vegetation to admire.

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Tam My
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HikingBugsNo shade

Review is based on hiking to about the 2.5 mile point and turning around. This beginning portion would be considered moderate vs hard. Started at the end of California street and stayed right along the fence line until you get to a dirt road. It's a gradual hike up the wide dirt road for about 2 miles. There are a few good views. Many bees were out enjoying the flowers so take caution if you are allergic to them. The trail was wide enough that we didn't get too close to them.

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Martin Lindsey
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Hiking

excellent foggy to sunny ridge hike

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Ruth Quintero
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HikingOff trailScramble
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Terra Minolli
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HikingOver grown

Overgrown with a few down trees. The summit offers a phenomenal view!

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John Sage
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HikingOver grown

Trick finding the trailhead as it’s up a military dirt road 2 miles. It starts with man made stairs so you know you’re on the trail. Fern overgrown path is faint so good navigation skills needed as well as leg and arm coverage. At about 1/2 way to the summit there is an Ewa Forest Reserve sign and a “you are here” spot so you can judge your time and distance. After the sign you get to the fence line with about 3 miles left to the summit. Start before 6am if you want to make it to the summit and back. This trail could really use a trim, not as much fun bushwhacking for 11+ miles.

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John Sage
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With Andy, rode up from the beginning of Higgins Road & hike from the trailhead.

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blake botill
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HikingOver grownRocky

Only made it about 2/3 of the way through the trail and turned back due to lack of time. Started at the end of California Street and after about 1/4 mile of trail (veer to the right, stay close to the Ranger school), you pop out onto a dirt 4wd type road. You’ll see the trail sign around the 3/4 of a mile or so mark. You are on that rocky road for about the first two miles of the trail, then very quickly and nearly unnoticeable is the trail that takes you up off “into the bush”. I put a little three rock cairn at the entrance since unless you are looking at a download from AllTrails, you’d pass right by the entrance to the trail. From then on, the trail is pretty overgrown in most spots, some less so some pretty bad. But it is doable. I was trail running so it wasn’t great, but you can hike it. If you want seclusion, and a view of the Ewa Forest Reserve and even a few views looking out onto the Pearl Harbor area, this will be worth it. It’s not well traveled, so it is a challenge, but I think it’s worth it. Will be back again soon to run the whole thing.

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Earl Dean Raney
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This trail may have been OK in the past but now (5/26/19) has very thick overgrowth and very slow going. Also parts of the trail's soil has fallen away leaving a very narrow passage about 1 ft. in width with a straight up cliff on one side and high "drop-offs" on the outer side. I do not recommend this trail. It's not worth it until the trail is maintained.

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Ken Voorhees
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The permit process was straight forward and the Army and DLNR people were very helpful. We began the hike at 0800 and could not reach the summit without running out of time. Need to start at 0630. Need to call the range for both entry and exit. The phone number is on the Army permit. You can park in the Ranger compound but you could get locked in if not out by 1700. Wear long pants and long sleeves shirt.

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Ashley Kiley
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kai cordeira
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Chelsi Scheideler
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Michael Bluth
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Brian Garling
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Stephen Cho
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John Ellis
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Devin Doty
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Alejandra Hinojosa-Szpyrka
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