Kealia Trail

MODERATE 140 reviews
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Kealia Trail is a 7.6 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 and horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
7.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3100 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

beach

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

Graded ridge trail, views of gliders, parachutists and north and leeward shores Stewart Ball's Hikers guide to Oahu has an excellent description of the trail and is highly recommended for any hiking on Oahu. The trail head is across from the parking lot and proceeds inland on a wide paved road. Go around the chain and go left at the fork (keep concrete hanger on your right). At the base of the ridge follow the trail as it switchbacks up the face. At the top there is a covered picnic bench. Continue inland and ascend fire road. When you reach a junction near an old fence line go right. You will pass a rusted water tank on the right. Enter the Kuaokala public hunting area. At the next junction turn left. Turn left when you reach the T junction. Pass a small water catchment and tank on the right. At the junction with the Kuaokala Trail bear right and slightly up to ridge rim. You will be overlooking the Makua Valley Military Training Area.

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hiking
13 days ago

Had a great time on this hike ~ especially when we made it to the overlooks of the western coastline and valleys. Those views were absolutely beautiful!
The early part of the hike provided great views of the North Shore and Dillingham Airfield followed by the long steady uphill of the middle miles. Starting about a half mile after the picnic table go Right at the first T-intersection, left at the second T-intersection, and right at the fork - following brown signs with the jeep on them for the most part, but eventually reaching the fork in the road where we started following signs for Kuaokala Tail). Finally, when you go through the gated fence, turn right, and follow the fence line you'll eventually be rewarded with some spectacular vantage points. Another mile or so the primary trail appears to cross back through another gate in the fence on your right (probably the continuation of Kuaokala Trail), but if you hang to the left instead you can hike out onto the ridgeline for the most scenic spots. The trails continue, but that's about as far as we made it before turning around and heading back down to the car. Enjoy!

19 days ago

21 days ago

I liked the terrain and the fact that it wasnt muddy... But lose the canopy about a mile in and it gets hot. Saw a few people running the trail, some heat exhausted dogges and decided to turn around after the heat.

25 days ago

25 days ago

backpacking
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1 month ago

The best view is before you reach the picnic tables. If you are hiking for the hike find your way through the fence gate and up the ridges keep following the foot trails after the half telephone pole and you'll be at 8.7 miles round trip. If you are hiking for a good view might as well turn around at the picnic tables.

trail running
1 month ago

Great trail for practicing hill running. Easy to get to and parking is right on the back of the airfield so it's a safe area. Not too much traffic either!

hiking
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hiking
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hiking
2 months ago

Great ocean side trail, only went to the picnic tables but will go back to complete the 7.5 mile trek.

2 months ago

hiking
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2 months ago

Amazing views! Glider planes and beautiful ocean views.