Ehukai Pillboxes

MODERATE 293 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.

1 hour 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!

2 days 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!

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5 days 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.

17 days ago

Nice short hike that even my teenagers enjoyed. Which is saying a lot.

20 days ago

Short hike. Good view. Wild pigs. Not too much mud. Steep enough to get my heart beating.

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1 month ago

Cute little hike. Not strenuous at all despite being muddy and slippery as hell (definitely one of those hikes where it takes longer to get down than up). Pretty views of the North Shore from the top of the pillbox and I recommend exploring inside.

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1 month ago

Fairly easy trail that didn’t take more than 2 hours, got lost a few times but easily found our way back to the trail.

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2 months ago

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2 months ago

Very quick/easy trail for an awesome view of north shore! Be ready for the incline!

3 months ago

I liked how much of the windward side of the island I saw from the peak. Rabbit island and Makapu’u to the south and the mountains to the north that border Kualoa ranch. I went when it was overcast and it was an enjoyable hike.

3 months ago

Great hike to see the sunset!

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3 months ago

Great family hike! The pictures were very helpful in picking this hike. The views were great, the forest shade was nice, and the moderate beginning challenged everyone in a good way. My kiddos are 4, 6, 8, and 10 and didn't complain at all.

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4 months ago

Good views. It is worth the short hike.

4 months ago

Esforço legal, vista muito bonita. Somente umas árvores que atrapalham um pouquinho. Vale a pena!

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4 months ago

Steep, initially yes. The steps and ropes help in some places. The view from pill box 1 is beautiful. We tried to take the loop at the top, but couldn't find the turn from the road - it's confusing at the junction of 3 roads - so came back the same way. (Some blazes mark a side trail the used by mountain bikers.) It was pleasant nonetheless. Once back by the beginning of the road found the other end of the loop, but it's obscure. Use the map on this site to keep from going off trail. It began to rain as we began our downhill return. The mud, rocks and roots get slippery fast with very little moisture. A walking stick might have saved me from my fall. Not a flip-flop hike although there were plenty of people in them.

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4 months ago

Trail is very pretty with some cool trees. There is a neat bunker at the top that you can walk in. The trail is not marked well and I ended up taking a different trail for a while.

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5 months ago

Great short hike lot of up hill climbing.

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5 months ago

Just finished this hike. It's VERY steep and slippery from the mud so take a trekking pole or stick if you have one. Use the rocks to stop your feet from sliding and hold on to the trees that line the trail for balance and to help you lift yourself up. You'll need your hands so be sure to take your belongings in a backpack or leave them in your car. Once pass the steep muddy stretch you'll see a picnic table that has a view of the beach. Rest here if you need to but from that point you're only a few minutes from the Pillbox. The trail splits off to the right which I didn't venture off to since no other hikers were going that way. The view from the Pillbox is nice and it's super breezy up there. I'd recommend doing this hike with at least one other person because you may need to help each other on the muddy sections. Overall it's a great hike for beginners. I'd definitely do it again.

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5 months ago

Reasonably easy trail made somewhat challenging by slick mud when there have been recent rains. Great views of the northwest end of the island and surfers down below as well as two interestingly graffitied pillboxes. Can be a bit of a challenge to find the trail from the first pillbox to the second but just follow the ridge downward, keeping in mind that pillboxes were placed strategically on the ridge overlooking the ocean.

5 months ago

Nice simple hike and a beautiful view of the ocean

5 months ago

Great view

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6 months ago

Good trail, well defined. Great views of Sunset beach at the top

6 months ago

Little short for me but still had great views and places to just enjoy the day. Would recommend.

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6 months ago

Great for all ages! Easy to follow trail with multiple pillboxes.

6 months ago

Good trail a lot of fun. Really easy so if you are looking for a challenge this isn’t it. Great views go early started getting crowded after 9.

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6 months ago

Done many times, always breathtaking view. Rescued a baby chameleon from an impending ant attack. Helped him find his way into a tree. 2nd pillbox is just beyond private property sign

7 months ago

The first part of the trail is fairly steep. In some places this is due to erosion and people walking up the erosion trails. We wandered around for a while looking for the second pillbox or other views of the ocean. We never did find the pillbox with the peace sign on top of it. Like any popular trail there are lots of side trails so going with someone who knows the area might be a good idea.

7 months ago

Nice view from the top.

7 months ago

Great hike for all ages.

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7 months ago

If you are looking for a short hike with a moderate incline this is it. The 2nd pillbox is about 5 minutes from the first one. We didn't see it at first and followed the trail into the mountains, which opens up to many bike trails & you can easily get lost.

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