Ehukai Pillboxes

MODERATE 371 reviews

Ehukai Pillboxes is a 2.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Haleiwa, 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
2.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
675 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

mountain biking

trail running

walking

cave

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

muddy

rocky

washed out

Very family oriented, wide, easy, well graded trail. Only thing to watch out for are the junctions to the pillboxes and when its raining, it can get slippery. Some rope sections which could come handy when muddy and slippery.

12 days ago

Loved it. Nice NorthShore views in the end. Would classify it as easy/moderate. No deep cliffs, so not very dangerous! Would recommend it and it will take about 1 hour (return).

13 days ago

Very slippery if has been raining. Wear hiking shoes.

hiking
15 days ago

Fun, easy hike. Saw goats one time

17 days ago

Great family hike. Pretty strenuous going up but it not too far and the views are spectacular when you get there. We went on a Saturday morning and there we a lot of people, but not so many that it detracted from the experience. It’s just a popular hike for families, for exercise or for the military doing PT.

29 days ago

the pillbox with the peace sign is further down past the first one. Just dont turn right into another trail or you will miss it.

hiking
30 days ago

beautiful scenery. I didn't expect the steps to be so steep but it evened out at points. such a great challenge to take on. next time we will have a carrier for our 2 year old.

1 month ago

The trail is initially very steep, but levels out toward the top. The pillbox we found had a nice view of the beach. I was disappointed that we couldn’t find the other pillbox with the peace sign on it. We came across a sign that said “private property”, so I think the other pillbox may have been back there somewhere.

Even though it is a shorter hike, make sure to bring plenty of water and proper footwear. I saw a few folks struggling up the trail in sandals, long pants, and what looked like not enough water.

hiking
1 month ago

Very fun family friendly trail! There were so many great views from each of the pill boxes. The trail isn't too hard, it's a little steep at first but it evens itself out and the views are worth it. It was nice to see the bunkers the soldiers worked in. There was also old parts of buildings that lay up there. All in all very great views of sunset beach and a nice short workout!

hiking
2 months ago

A fun hike with a great view! It didn’t take us too long and fortunately it hadn’t rained so it wasn’t as slippery and muddy as some have described. The first part is a lot of uphill and the ropes really help getting up the rocks and slick parts.

hiking
2 months ago

Weather was perfect for this hike, ground was nice and dry so no muddy areas. Ropes helped on the rocks going up and down, but over all a nice climb. Views were spectacular! Saw lots of small groups, no dogs though. Highly recommend!

hiking
2 months ago

Steep trail, for about 1/4 mile but not slippery great views at the top. Bunker to explore, and Picnic table to rest and take photos at before you reach the top.

2 months ago

Nice views and good calf workout!! Would be a great sunset hike.

hiking
2 months ago

great hike! starts off the first half the way with a steep incline but has ropes to help through half of it. wouldn't reccomend going after a rain as it can get very muddy. lots of tree roots to trip over so watch your footing.

first pillbox is legal but second one you walk through private property so be watchful and kind or dont go!

It was muddy but it was worth every single for step. Moderate hike

hiking
2 months ago

Fun hike when at the North Shore. Nice views and very easy to do when it is dry.

3 months ago

Not too challenging. Views weren’t as good as I hoped but it was a little cloudy. Pillboxes are interesting.

3 months ago

nice hike in beginning has a nice incline for about 15 min then mellows out

trail running
3 months ago

The hike was great. Cover with tress for lot of shade. Muddy but had good steps. Saw a lot of dogs and couples. The first pillbox is right in front of you. The other is off to the right down the mountain side past the do not enter sign. There are a bunch of trails trust me. 2 miles turned into 4 looking for the other pillbox.

3 months ago

Short trail with nice view. A little climb on the way up so you get your workout in. Good for trail running on the trail too.

hiking
3 months ago

Take great panoramic pics from the boxes

3 months ago

first 1/2 miles is a killer. High stairs all incline

3 months ago

Beautiful view. High traffic. Heavy cardio.

hiking
3 months ago

We’ve done this one twice and we have enjoyed it. The first part is very steep. We took a large dog and a small dog and they both did well. There were only a couple spots we had to help the little one.

hiking
4 months ago

Good fairly easy hike. The first .5 mile is pretty steep and if raining would be very muddy. You see the pillbox before you do the loop. The loop is not well marked and has many other trails that cross over.

hiking
4 months ago

Although this hike is quite short and easy, it's incredibly beautiful. Whether you want to explore more of the pine forest or sit atop one of the pillboxes and watch the ocean, you can spend a fair amount of time here. I LOVE the creativity of the graffiti in the pillboxes.

I recommend going when it's been dry, as the rain will just make this hike muddy and unpleasant. :)

4 months ago

Pleasantly serene with awesome views

4 months ago

Good little hike. Really easy to miss one turn though. When you get to the intersection of wide, well beaten paths, don't take any of them. The loop continues if you make a hairpin turn onto the small trail leading down the ravine.

4 months ago

It was a nice short hike, I don't think I'd rate it "moderate" compared to other "easy" hikes we have done on oahu, I'd say it was easy. It hadn't been to rainy lately so the mud was available. Beautiful trees, flowers, birds, views, & pigglets!

4 months ago

Good little hike not to bad it gets muddy in the beginning if it rained but I would just plan to do it if your going to go to the beach right afterwards!

hiking
5 months ago

Decent little hike with a mediocre view of North Shore. The graffiti art up at the pillbox was my favorite part which somewhat speaks to the lack of difficulty or reward on this one. Good for the family or bringing the dogs.

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