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.
dogs on leash
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,very doable. I would rate this as an intermediate hike. 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. I'd recommend this to the beginner hikers as well as the more experienced. 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.
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!!
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.
Great trail, but unlike others I had a tough time when the trail was wet. Did not finish the last .5 miles due to rain, it just seemed to slippery and dangerous to contine. Also, just for those that may not know(I didn't), you must continue past the sign that says do not continue, not a maintained trail. It's actually very well maintained, although I can't speak for the last half mile.
My first foray into hiking in Hawai'i. It had poured the day before, so it was quite muddy, but that did nothing to diminish the experience. I prefer the minimal approach; I normally do 8-10 miles without water, but I chose to bring a small pack with a change of clothes and water. It was the correct decision.
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It is sometimes difficult but actually quite short. I needed not even 3 hours and took my time.
We came at 10am on a Monday and counted only 7 other people the whole way. Much better than diamond head which we did before and was totally packed. Beautiful views all along this trail!
Very short actual trail, when you finally reach it from the road it is so steep and slippery it really needs spiked boots