Kuliouou Ridge Loop Trail

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Kuliouou Ridge Loop Trail is a 4.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near East Honolulu, Hawaii that offers scenic views and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
4.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2513 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

muddy

no dogs

Kuliouou Ridge Loop Trail can be done starting with the west or east route. The west route is lightly used and has 2 difficult rope climbs near the top of the ridge that should only be attempted by an experienced hiker. The west route finishes at the top of Pu'u O Kona. The east ridge is moderately used and very well maintained. The 2 hikes (west and east) are connected via a very narrow ridge line that has very steep drop offs. It is common for the top to be in the clouds, and can be very windy, so caution is needed. Note: if starting up the west route, to get to the trail head, on the paved road where the east trail starts, stay to the left on the paved road and will soon come to the west trail head (is not marked but is a clear path up). Also, the first 0.3 miles of the west route is very steep. If doing the loop, I would recommend doing the west route first so you can see the conditions (winds/clouds/rain) for the trickiest part of the route and can safely turn around based on your assessment Note 2: If doing the full loop, be sure to wear pants or the ridge line that connects the west and east portion will cut up your shins

We chose only to do the Ridge hike which was moderate. Not a very difficult hike, but the distance and the incline will make it difficult for those who are not especially athletic. The top had great views but bring some glasses because the high winds caused dust and dirt to get in our eyes. We had planned on doing the full loop but ran into a couple who said the trail was very difficult and they got stung by bees a few times and we were tired so we opted to go back the way we came. plenty of parking in the neighborhood below, just be aware of driveways and don't block them.

hiking
20 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

Loved this hike. Be warned that it should only be attempted by an experienced hiker. My first attempt at this hike going up the west ridge I had to turn back due to the wind and rain as I neared the top. Today while still windy, was not in the clouds and the views was amazing. I did the west route first for the loop, and the rope portions near the top of the west ridge was tricky.