Aiea Ridge Trail

MODERATE 21 reviews
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Aiea Ridge Trail is a 9.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Aiea, 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
9.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2,893 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

bugs

muddy

old growth

over grown

rocky

hiking
15 days ago

The trail (and almost the entire ridge) has crumbled away 2.85 miles in. With some climbing/scrambling, you can still pass by, but it is risky.

This is absolutely one of my favorite ridge trails. The intoxicating smells, ancient/gnarly ridgetop koa, sweeping 360-degree views and uncanny seclusion are juxtaposed by the bustling traffic of H3 below. After hitting the ridgetrail section of this hike (about 1.5 miles in), I have never encountered another hiker.

Difficulty:
Due to the overall distance, occasional fall risks, and trail conditions, I would rate this closer to Low-Low Hard. This is not a hike for dogs or children.

Ratings:
Payoff: 10/10
Intensity: 6/10
Risk: 7.5/10
Wayfinding: 7/10

16 days ago

Mountain bike. One lap, 30m 7s.
Find it on strava dot com.
Beat it if you can : P
https://www.strava.com/activities/1645468028

backpacking
1 month ago

This hike is very long. I wouldn’t recommend for those who don’t like heights or narrow areas. The walk space is so small to where you have to hike in a single file line. It has an awesome view of the H-3. It also feels as if you’re on a roller coaster cause you climb up, then down, then up again, then down. I wouldn’t recommend for kids or animals on this hike because of how narrow it is. But great for advanced hikers.

1 month ago

easy trailhead to find, just keep a lookout for the turn off the loop trail onto aiae ridge. moderately difficult hike mostly due to narrow, muddy ridgeline portion of the hike. the ascent is a fairly steady climb and the trail is in decent condition, although lots of scratchy ferns and mud. nice views of the h3 but i got caught in the rain so I can't comment on the view from the summit. took between 5 and 5.5 hours at a decent pace by an experienced hiker

hiking
1 month ago

Love this hike the end was so beautiful! WE'RE PANTS THOUGH! We didn't, it was kinda worth it because it was hot out, but our legs were tore up! Also it think conspired to a lot of the other "moderate" hikes on Oahu I would say this is a hard, the footing isn't the bestv& it's long with quite a bit of elevation, doable but I wouldn't call it moderate when it says diamond head is" moderate" diamond head is an easy stroll in the park next to this!

hiking
2 months ago

Very pretty trail, clearly doesn't get a lot of traffic judging by how overgrown it is. Wear long pants! There's a pretty significant slide at around roughly 3 miles in, which there are a few photos of on this page. The ground was very crumbly and slippery and the webbing there did not look like it would do a lot for you if you were to fall, so that was where we called it a day. It was still a nice hike even without making out to the open ridge.

hiking
4 months ago

We did the ridge when we were there doing the waterfalls. Nice ridge, easy to follow.

hiking
4 months ago

Great hiking/walking. Like others we intended to do the waterfall loop but managed to wind up on the ridge trail. Still a great experience just took longer than intended.

5 months ago

This track is not complete. It’s an 11 mile out and back from the Aiea Loop Trail to the KST (Ko’olau Summit Trail).

Overall, not bad for an 11 miler. I caught it on a dry day. There was mud, but not too many crazy puddles. I managed to complete it in about 5.5 hours. Views at the summit at the KST are awesome, getting a great perspective of both sides of the island.

hiking
8 months ago

Accidentally ended up on the ridge trail when we intended to do a falls trail, which turned a four mile loop into an eleven mile out and back.

Not a bad hike, but very damp. Narrow trenches full of ankle deep mud for about three miles of the hike. Has a handful of ropes to assist, all in great condition.

Three adults finished in six hours and drank 3L of water.

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