Kolekole Trail - Puu Hapapa via Honouliuli Contour Trail

HARD 52 reviews

Kolekole Trail - Puu Hapapa via Honouliuli Contour Trail is a 0.8 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Wahiawa, Hawaii that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
0.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
275 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

muddy

old growth

over grown

rocky

scramble

washed out

no dogs

The following trail is completely or partially on Army land. Short but strenuous trail will sheer cliffs and many rock scrambles. Access is restricted but provided by the Schofield Barracks Garrison on specific hiking days. Kolekole Trail takes you to Puu Hapapa, the fifth highest mountain on the Waianae range. Access is via the Schofield Barracks Lyman Gate off Lyman Road that goes through Kolekole Pass. The trail itself is well graded at the start. Taking you pass the famous sacrificial rock and to the Lualualei overlook. From here, look for the trail going left through the California grass to a tunnel of trees. The trail continues past eroded sections and then to a stand of paper bark trees. It is here that there is a split to take the more exhilarating path up and through two notches (not for those who are afraid of heights!). This variation takes you on the Honouliuli Contour Trail instead by passing the rock scrambling notches. Instead it takes you along the contour pass a stream creek and up a finger ridge that connects directly to Puu Hapapa. Once on the finger ridge, it is a straight up hike with expansive views of Schofiled. The trail is well defined though it can be overgrown due to limited hiking traffic. There are a few rock scrambles and cliff drops but nothing too dangerous. Once the finger ridge connects with the main Waianae Summit Trail, the views will be on both sides, to the south west and north east. Just watch for windy days, and the weather changes quickly here as well. Puu Hapapa tops out at about 2800 feet with expansive 360 degree views. In all a good mix experience hike with contour, stream, and open ridge hiking.

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23 days ago

i havent done the "hard part" of this trail just up to the bench and back and that was a good morning wake up with nice views. short hike

24 days ago

Nope! I have done this hike twice and I will not do it again!!! The first part to the bench is a breeze and very beautiful, I do recommend that part especially for photo ops, but the second half, nope!!! It's so steep you have to pull on roots just to get up, the dirt is very loose and slippery! One part of the trail is a 1 person passage at an angle on loose dirt right on side of the cliff, so scary!! Not a hike for me!

hiking
24 days ago

hiking
24 days ago

This trail is located on Schofield Barracks and is only open on certain weekends. The Kolekole portion of this hike is a breeze but the Puu Hapapa portion, which starts in the forest after the bench, is why this trail is rated hard.

26 days ago

1 month ago

Short and sweet with a great view of the wainaie and wahiawa valleys. Accessible for all ages and abilities. A great starter hike. This hike should not be labeled hard.

hiking
1 month ago

Super short hike with an awesome view at the end. The view feels very different from those of most of Oahu's other hikes.

1 month ago

A great family friendly hike for adults and kids of all ages!

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

It was a really easy hike with a beautiful view. I did it with my two dogs, one was a super small pup. Beautiful view. I'm guessing the hard rating is for the other part of the hike and not the easy walk to the lookout. I'm not sure though because I've never done it.

1 month ago

Beautiful view, but super easy. I saw lots of families with littles. There were people on the trail with flip flops. Not difficult at all.

1 month ago

2 months ago

Nice view, but honestly this trail shouldn't be rated as HARD. I would rate it as EASY.

hiking
2 months ago

Overall, a short but enjoyable hike, when the trail is open. Despite the rating, it's super easy, totally family and pet friendly.
Only open when there's no firing on the nearby range on Schofield Barracks. Access on the base by taking Trimble Rd all the way to the end; you'll see the trailhead on the left.
About 3/4 mile long.
It starts with steep but doable stairs. After the stairs, the rest of the trail (about 2/3 of the total trail) is relatively flat, climbing gently. The top has a cliff on 2 sides, and you can see Waianae coast and North Shore. Beautiful views!!
Another trail starts at the end of the KoleKole. Not sure how far it goes.

Overall, the trail is absolutely dog and kid friendly, so long as it's not too wet; I take my kids frequently. (No idea why this trail has a "hard" rating; it's easier than most on Oahu!!)
Check US Army Garrison Hawaii Facebook page to see when the trail is open for use.

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3 months ago