Awaawaloa via Wa'ahila Ridge Trail

MODERATE 121 reviews

Awaawaloa via Wa'ahila Ridge Trail is a 5.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Honolulu, Hawaii that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
5.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2303 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

bugs

muddy

old growth

over grown

rocky

scramble

washed out

Starting from Waahila State Park, it takes about an hour to reach the Kolowalu junction to the left and the ridge to the top on the right. For the most part the trail is very well graded even past the unmaintained section. Mostly a ridge hike. Can be windy most of the time. Heavily eroded sections but they do not pose extreme danger. Some rock scrambling but very doable. To get to this hike drive to the top of St.Louis Heights and park in the Wa'ahila state park at the top. Park hours are 7am-745pm. The hike starts off pretty simple on a wide path the just keeps going up. You soon get to a junction where you go left and from then on the hike starts going up and down over the ridges. There are some rocky sections that involve small amounts of climbing up and down but other then that the hike is pretty easy. Once toward the top you get great views of Manoa Valley and Palolo Valley. At the end of the trail you meet the kolowalu trail which is a steeper hike that will take you down into the back of Manoa Valley. There is also a trail past the end of trail sign. This goes to the top of Mt.Olympus and should not be attempted by novice hikers. Hike this section at your own risk as you are not suppose to go past the end of trail sign but people do anyways. If you do choose to go past it be aware the trail gets a lot skinnier and has numerous rope sections that you will have to climb to reach the summit.

trail running
3 days ago

hiking
16 days ago

17 days ago

hiking
18 days ago

Challenging in the rain but worth it! We didn't attempt Mt Olympus this time because of conditions but hope to next time we visit.

24 days ago

awesome trail

hiking
29 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

1 month ago

1 month ago

I ran the whole thing. Nbd

1 month ago

Great trail the view was unbelievable & a nice breeze coming up from palolo made the hike that much better!

1 month ago

Intense at the top. Worth it.

birding
1 month ago

1 month ago

Good hike for the boys!

hiking
1 month ago

It was a very fun and exciting hike. It took us 5 hours round trip from the parking lot to the summit and back down. Fortunately and unfortunately it was cloudy when I went up so it was nice and cool hike up but the view was obscured because of the clouds.

1 month ago

hiking
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2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail, It took 1hour and 50min to top of Mt. Olympus from Wa'ahila Ridge State Recreation Area but, weather was great, I could see all over eastern Oahu!!

2 months ago

2 months ago

Great trail. Took approx 2 1/2-3 hrs at a leisurely pace to get to the top. Went on a cloudy day so couldn't catch the best of views but that made the trek easier as well. The weather on top was amazing. The trail past the sign (do not continue) is quite well maintained. Conditions near the top can get muggy and make the trek slightly cumbersome. But nothing too difficult. Carry lots of water.