Kalawahine Trail

MODERATE 42 reviews

Kalawahine Trail is a 5.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Honolulu, 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
5.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2109 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Directions from Honolulu: From Makiki Heights Drive, go uphill on Tantalus Drive. When you get close to the top, just after going over a narrow bridge, look for the trailhead on the left. It will be adjacent to a private road, going uphill. Park in the parking area on the right just past the trailhead.

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8 days ago

Took this trail to K2 summit, about 9 Miles out and back. The weather was great yesterday 12/4. However, with the rain from the days prior, some areas of the trail past 2 Miles were very very soft. The trail isn’t too overgrown and I was still able to find the trail all the way up. Wore a tank top, regular trail shoes and board shorts. The dry ferns will get at your shins and legs but not too bad. Bring 3L of water, snacks and a selfie stick. The views up top are amazing. Luckily, there wasn’t much clouds. Would definitely do this one again and cross over to K1, but I didn’t have enough time.

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