Kaiwa Ridge (Pillbox) Trail

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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
610 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

trail running

views

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

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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It was our first hike in Hawaii. We thought it was an easy one. It was a workout but well worth the effort. View was spectacular. Nice breeze but require good hiking shoes and some cold water.

9 days ago

Nice view!

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14 days ago

Love this trail. So beautiful. Started at about 6 am and got to see the sun rise as I was hiking. Amazing views. A must see for sure.

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16 days ago

This is a must do! Views are amazing.

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24 days ago

Petite balade sympa avec une vue sympa sur la plage de Lanikai.

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1 month ago

really nice views, but I did get several swarms of small insects stuck to me.