Kuliouou Ridge Trail

MODERATE 547 reviews
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Kuliouou Ridge Trail is a 5 mile heavily 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.

DISTANCE
5.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1945 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

camping

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

This trail that rises almost 1800 feet before peaking on the spine of the Ko`olau Ridge. It's a great hike and a tough run, for it is steep, but it is very run-able and offers a great reward in the form of spectacular views. The locals say that you're suppose to run to the top, come back down to the picnic table, and then run back to the top again.

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11 hours ago

In my opinion, this is the best elevation hike in Oahu for someone with moderate hiking experience. Like previous reviews have said... park on the street on the neighborhood (be respectful of the residents). The trailhead is well signed. The first half of the hike are a series of cutbacks ... there are scramble trails that split the cutbacks however I would recommend sticking to the trail as it is an easy walk full of good scenery. The pine forest is a trip... like other reviewers have said, the foliage on this hike is awesome. There are parts in the middle of the hike after the picknick tables that the pine needles obscure the trail slightly. Once you hit the steps you are 10 min away from the top. The summit does not disappoint. Great views with plenty of room without feeling too exposed. don't listen to the review that says the summit is disappoint... he must be smoking something. We are moderately experienced hikers and it took us about an hour each way.

3 days ago

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3 days ago

This is a decent hike, it's a pretty moderate distance between a short and fast easy hike and longer more difficult trails. About 5 miles, a large amount of the trek is through forest and up switchbacks which are fairly tedious. Eventually you will reach a taller thick forest where you will need to look out for the trail marker ribbons to avoid meandering off track. There's a nice picnic table area for a rest stop and having a snack. The upper, steep, stairs area is the more difficult section of this trail and can be more grueling in the rain or after a heavy rain as it gets a bit muddy. The top provides a nice panoramic view. Overall it's definitely not my favorite (or even top 10) on the island and I don't see myself doing it again unless I connect across to other trails from the summit.

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9 days ago

great hike beautiful views of North Shore!

10 days ago

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11 days ago

This is a great little hike, not terribly hard for your average person. It can be a bit more challenging after a good rainfall. It's particularly great in the morning for the sunrise. Great photo opportunity at the top no what time of day you decide to go. About half way up the trail there is a small pavilion with benches for a sit down if needed.
Great hike for people through the island. Be sure to bring water and something to snack on.
Happy trails!

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14 days ago

Lots of switchbacks, not for the inexperience. It's a nice shaded wet hike. Be sure to have hiking shoes or good shoes with grip.

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20 days ago

Amazing view!

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21 days ago

It was a great view and lots of shade on a hot day for a ridge hike. Moderate for all the ridge line hikes on town headed to Hawaii Kai,

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