Kaiwa Ridge (Pillbox) Trail

MODERATE 492 reviews
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Kaiwa Ridge (Pillbox) Trail is a 1.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Kailua, Hawaii that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
1.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
800 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

trail running

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

Great short rocky steep hike along the Ka'iwa Ridge offers great views of Lanikai and Kailua. Near Waimanalo Beach - wonderful white sand and calm water, Lanikai and Kailua Beaches The Kaiwa Ridge Hike is great to go either sunrise or late afternoon short 0.6 mile each way but gains 500 ft so is steep in places with great views along the way - It takes about 30 minutes or less to hike from the trailhead to the top (second) pillbox (elev. 565-ft). Its another 10 minutes to reach the ridge's highest point (elev. 603-ft) marked by a geodetic marker (the small concrete platform with broken surveyor's pole). The "official" trailhead, unmarked, is about 40 feet uphill on a paved, private driveway along Kaelepulu Drive. The driveway is opposite of the Mid Pacific Country Club & Golf Course just before you reach an exclusive, gated community. The first part of the trail is very steep, slippery, and can be confusing, . This trail is undeveloped. The trail is rocky, windy and rewards you with a great view on top of the pillboxes. No guardrails so can be dangerous for young children. Also the trail is very poplular and can be crowded.

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35 minutes ago

One of the best experiences I've had on Oahu. At its peak, hikers take in an intolerant view of Lanikai Beach and the horizon. We planned to optimize our experience by catching sunrise/set but we woke up a bit late. Definitely bring a headlamp! Would do this hike over and over again.

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2 days ago

Great beginners hike with a few steep spots. The views throughout the entire hike are beautiful. Bring water. It's usually hot although not very long.

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3 days ago

Went during summer and a lot of dead brush and no shade. The views of the ocean however are amazing on a clear day. Bring water and sun screen if going during summer. Very busy trail, lot's of people constantly on it.

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5 days ago

Great Hike! Beautiful view and sunrise!

hiking
8 days ago

Bring water and have sunscreen on! Great views all the way through the hike. Will most defiantly be doing this hike again!

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10 days ago

Good quick hike

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11 days ago