Fort Shafter Ridge and Bowman Trail

EASY 32 reviews

Fort Shafter Ridge and Bowman Trail is a 7.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Honolulu, Hawaii that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. 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.

7.4 miles
2,096 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly



nature trips



wild flowers

over grown

washed out

This is NOT a 7.4 mile hike as stated on my AllTrails app. unless you continue onto the Bowman trail. (Appx 3.5 miles round trip)

6 months ago

Certainly not an easy rating as the inclines start out immediately. The trail is mostly a truck trail, but a descent one. Several marked offshoots offering great views. Included 3 pics; where to park, where to start hike, and a stellar view.

9 months ago

Trail is more difficult than listed. Near the end of the trail are several VERY NARROW sections with STEEP drops on both sides.
If you plan to continue on the Bowman Trail, I do not recommend trying it after it rains. Very muddy and steep.

10 months ago

Entering from Radar Hill Drive...starts out as a paved road then turns rocky then hard clay covered in pine needles. Steep, but not Koko Head steep, with a few places where it levels out for a short distance. About 0.9 miles up you have a small area on the right you can see Diamond Head, Punchbowl, and Honolulu in the distance. Good place to put a hammock between two trees and catch tradewinds when they are blowing. About 1.1 miles up the trail it splits into two trails. Gooood workout!

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Incline right from the start, so stretch before beginning. Great views and fun once you get to the single track trail. Need access to Fort Shafter to get to the trailhead.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

There is only one trail, if you take a side trail, prepare for it to dead end. Definitely worth the hike though

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

This trail doesn't offer much of a view, but it's an excellent work out. Lately, a lot of the trail has areas that have been washed out, but generally it's not too bad. Just be careful of your footing if you are running it.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Not easy. Very steep! We did enjoy it though and will be returning.

Thursday, February 02, 2017

An easy trail with great views of the Pali. Well trod and maintained.
Will do it again.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Only available to military. While it's not well maintained, I have told give it a few stars as I do a lot of my hill trail runs on here. Convenient and right out my back door.

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Overgrown, difficult to find, and some weird looks from the golf course.

Friday, October 12, 2012


Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Trail is on a military base so you cannot access this trail unless you or someone you know has a military/dod id to get you in. The trail is easy but is somewhat overgrown and you have to cross a golf course to get to it. It ends abruptly at some power lines and you can continue but you have to hack your way through tall grass and strawberry guava branches.

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