Crouching Lion Trail

MODERATE 200 reviews

Crouching Lion Trail is a 0.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Kaaawa, Hawaii that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
0.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
216 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

nature trips

beach

views

muddy

scramble

16 days ago

Beautiful views! The hike itself was quite steep on the way up and on the way back it was very difficult. Hike is shaded for the most part, with minimal exposure to the sun. Therefore, it is a great hike to do at anytime of the day. The pictures come out a lot better when the sun is out versus when it is overcast. Make sure to get your manicure after rather than before this hike because your hands and nails will get dirty!

hiking
22 days ago

The hike is very difficult and can be sketchy. It says .4 miles because that’s where most people stop. You can go much much further and up much steeper places if you actually want to do this hike and aren’t just going for the photo op

1 month ago

Parking is very limited. Either there’s a spot or you can make one! Lol First off, bring your own rope! The first five minutes of this trail has a good amount of branches, etc. to grab onto, but as for the rest of it, there is slim to none (and you are climbing basically straight up) If you plan on going anywhere afterward bring wipes, towels, etc. you will be dusty/muddy depending on the weather.

hiking
1 month ago

What a vacation without hike . we tried this hike with stunning views. it's kind a hard one on the way up and down . But if you reach top of the trail it's just WOW even wether wosnt that perfect and it was raining. it's just perfect . not recommended for people who scare of heights

1 month ago

Steep hike. Jake wore sandals/// should have worn shoes. View was beautiful. Broke a little bit of a sweat. Recommend next time bringing some food to snack at the top.

1 month ago

Law enforcement was standing there telling us that it was closed but after a couple hours of hours we drove back and there were a few people doing it

walking
2 months ago

Awesome trail and wicked fun. Family enjoyed the trail and the sites.

hiking
2 months ago

This is a fun one! Straight up with awesome views.

2 months ago

Never leave a trace, hike out what you hike in. We ended our 5.5 mile ridge loop hike on this trail. We started at the Kahekili trail by the kaaawa fire station and hiked the ridge to the top of the Makaua waterfall. Once we got there, we continued on instead of turning around. The there are several false trails not too far beyond the top of the waterfall. It looks like you can go either right or left. The trail to the right goes on further for a hundred feet before it ends. The trail to the left doesn’t really go anywhere. The real trail goes straight up between them. We saw a pink marker on a tree that fell and was somewhat obscure. Wear long pants if you do this one because the brush can get mean for this portion of the hike. Eventually it will lead to a junction that connects to the crouching lion ridge trail which is precarious and beautiful. All in all, it took about 5 hours to hike and that was us taking our time.

2 months ago

very nice and easy hike gets a little bit steep towards the top but nothing too major bring a snack enjoy The View and take lots of pictures

2 months ago

Easy today, it was dry. Short and steep with ropes and branches to help along the way.

hiking
3 months ago

Today was nice, no rain, but the beginning is usually muddy. First ones up so was awesome.

3 months ago

Wet muddy steep amazing

hiking
3 months ago

enjoyable trail with great views! don't look down!

3 months ago

This hike was a little intimidating at first especially after some rain fall, but completely worth it!! The views are amazing at all peaks. We did the full loop starting at the right side “do not enter” sign and came down the left side sign. Make sure you come down the more northern side of the hike because there it was a little more safer. Cheers and keep it wavy

hiking
3 months ago

For the amount of effort required this hike is hard to beat. I'd love to get back and do the full ridge traverse when I have more time.

3 months ago

Beautiful short and steep hike with amazing views! The rain was a tad bit muddy, lightly rained the day before, which made climbing up/down a little more difficult! I would classify this trail as a scramble, with use of hands and provided ropes. Parking is just past the trailhead on the other side of the road (make sure no valuables are left in the car!)! The trailhead can be found by looking for the ‘Do not enter’ signs! The trail is marked sparingly with orange ribbons tied on trees.

hiking
3 months ago

Fairly short and quite steep. Great views for a quick hike. You can also follow another trail up the the ridgeline, which makes for even more beautiful views of the leeward side. Careful if it's raining or rain is on the forecast. We had a sunny day, but started to get poured on when at the top and coming down from the ridgeline was one of the more challenging things I've done while hiking.

3 months ago

Followed other hikers past "trail closed" signs. Trail was very muddy and extremely steep. We were only able to succeed by using roots, branches, and webbing/paracord attached to trees. Great views!

hiking
4 months ago

https://www.noahlangadventures.com/blog/2018/4/8/crouching-lion-to-kahekili-ridge

Everything you need to know about the crouching lion loop over Makaua Falls.

4 months ago

I found the right trail head and proceeded to climb a mud slide. Thought this must just be a hard climb. When I reached a plateau, I checked all trail and realized I took the wrong way up. The mud slide down was not going to be an option. So I continued to go forward and ended up crossing an amazing Ridge Trail to get over to crouching Lion. even climbed above coaching lion and took some great pics. If you just want To climb crouching lion, stay to the left if you want a good 2 mile challenge, Then go to the right and make sure it’s not raining and you have good trail shoes. This was my 4th hike in 4 days and was amazing

hiking
4 months ago

I dared the rain with this one because it’s been on my list for a while now—it was incredibly muddy and slippery, but the views were stunning at every point! I happen to really enjoy challenging climbs, too. It’s a straight uphill climb that’s very clearly marked from previous hikers. However, I would recommend this only for the experienced or brave because it becomes exponentially harder with any sort of rainfall. There are strong root systems, rocks, and two sets of rope to help with the climb. The descent turns into more of a controlled mudslide, though.
Park at the fish pond just past the trailhead. There will be two entrances, but go into the one with a concrete bench and memorial. Be prepared to come out extremely dirty! The oceanfront makes it easy to wash off.

hiking
5 months ago

Sweet hike. The initial approach has some scrambling and the views from atop are amazing. If you continue upwards, the trail eventually follows the ridgeline (which can definitely get a little bit scary). There are other trails in the same vicinity so will definitely come back to this one

hiking
5 months ago

Such a nice little hike. Been looking to do this one for a long while and finally did it today. It was a nice day out and the trail was completely dry. Our car was fine on main road parking area, just don’t leave any valuables or anything in plain sight, just like anywhere else on island. The trailhead is the opening with 2 signs and the cement bench. There is currently a memorial there as well. It was a really quick hike but we could see how it could be a harder mess if it was wet. We did a bunch of exploring up top and could have spend more time.

hiking
5 months ago

Very short and steep hike. Make sure to brings lots of water! Climbing up we had no breeze, until we made it to the top. The views are breathtaking.

5 months ago

Quick steep climb. My 60 year old pops made it up. Very slick. Great views.

hiking
5 months ago

More of a short climb than a hike. We started our climb very early and made it to the top for the sunrise. Amazing views all around. Definitely wear some good shoes or hikers. I wouldn’t recommend this trail if it’s raining.

6 months ago

Awesome early morning hike, breathtaking views!

6 months ago

dont do when it's wet!

6 months ago

Quick and intense! Spectacular and very rewarding views at the top of the Lion.

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