Awaawaloa via Wa'ahila Ridge Trail

MODERATE 115 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.

5.2 miles 2303 feet 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,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.

hiking
7 days ago

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14 days ago

I ran the whole thing. Nbd

16 days ago

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

20 days ago

Intense at the top. Worth it.

birding
21 days ago

21 days ago

Good hike for the boys!

hiking
21 days 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.

22 days ago

hiking
28 days ago

1 month ago

hiking
1 month 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!!

1 month ago

1 month 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.

1 month ago

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

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.

hiking
1 month ago

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.

2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

I am a guide for venture aloha. I am available to guide people on this trial 02/20/2017. please email venturealoha@gmail.com for details.
Amber