Kahana Ditch Man Trail

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Kahana Ditch Man Trail is a 7.8 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Kaaawa, Hawaii that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

7.8 miles
2,132 feet



nature trips

trail running



wild flowers




old growth

over grown



washed out

Looking for adventure in the far reaches of Kahana Valley where the Waiahole Ditch continues? This is where the fight for water between the Windward and the Leeward sides of Oahu truly begins. The hike to the back of the valley is made drier than usual by taking the contour road followed by the upper contour trail to the farthest point on the Nakoa figure 8 loop trail. From here there is a crossing to climb up the ridge to Ditch Man's trail. The lollipop loop cuts down from the regular trail and then back up to a steep ridge. The views from here are breathtaking; not to mention you'll be out of breath climbing up the more than 45 degree gradient of Uluhe. Once at the top, it connects to the Ditch Man's trail. Continuing east along the Ditch Man's trail allows one to get a pretty good view of what an incredible feat it is for those who created the trail and ditch system. There are lava rocks that make up sections of the cobbled route. Take a break at the helipad before heading down to the gauging station and amphitheater where a cool dip is in order. The return loop is challenging as it is a sharp downhill through Strawberry Guava before hitting the banks of Kahana Stream. Once at the stream, the traverse is along the stream, cutting through thick Kalihi Ginger and crossing the stream several times before meeting up with the start of the lollipop. This is a trail not for the feint-hearted. It's a rewarding hike with amazing views of Kahana Valley from the back. Getting to see the Ditch Man trail and tunnels provides for a great adventure. Bring lots of water and be prepared for an incredible workout.

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