Kuliouou Ridge Trail

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Kuliouou Ridge Trail is a 4 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
4.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1624 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.

trail running
2 days ago

I’ve done this trail a few times and it’s really fun. MAKE SURE YOU GO ON A CLEAR SKIES DAY. If there are low hanging clouds or you go early in the morning you can’t see anything from the top. Trail can be pretty muddy sometimes and if you’re hiking in the dark there are low hanging branches that you can hit your head on.

In the middle of the trail there is a covered picnic table to take a break at.

hiking
12 days ago

Steep trail, definitely not an easy one. But you’re so immersed in how gorgeous it is, that nothing else matters. Slippery when wet. :-)

29 days ago

Beautiful views. Good steady climb plenty of shade. Some mud but generally avoidable by rock hopping. Took just over 2 hours total.

hiking
1 month ago

Fun trail, not too difficult for someone who hikes occassionally. I went the day after it rained a lot, so there was a fair amount of mud when I got to the steps at the top so be prepared to step in puddles. View from the top is phenomenal, and it was seriously windy when I got up there. I took some shortcuts through the switchbacks which can get a little confusing, as I got away from the trail a couple of times. Took about two hours total start to finish. There was ample street parking.

3/19/18

hiking
1 month ago

3/17/2018-Started around 0810 (had to park at the bottom of the street because there was no spots that were open any nearer to the trailhead) and came across 56 groups/solo hikers. Weather was a little muggy but there was some breeze once you got higher up the mountain. The top was all clouds today but the breeze was really nice after climbing all the stairs.

1 month ago

The view at the end is Amazing! Having said that, it is not an “easy” hike. So.many. Stairs at the end, but if you can push through, you’ll be happy you did. I think this would be a rough for kids. Slippery in parts and the steps are large (think standing lunge to get up). Took about 2 hours to get up and 1.5 coming down. Bring water and snacks for the top.

hiking
1 month ago

The hike up gets your heart pumping, and the view at the top is so worth it! It’s a pretty straightforward hike, and mostly shaded. Also, not crowded!

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome hike! Be prepared to sweat. It’s clear and footing isn’t hard, but the elevation is legit.

1 month ago

Very nice hike. Forest is magical, view from the top is worth climbing those steep stairs.

hiking
1 month ago

This trail is well groomed and straightforward. There are alternative trails that cut between the switchbacks that were a little distracting. The viewpoint at the top of the ridge makes this trail so worth it! I would say this a hard beginner hike or easy intermediate hike. It’s also the easiest of the Hawaii ridge hikes. I wore hiking boots, but trail runners and even tennis shoes will do the job. The trail was pretty dry making it pretty ideal for stepping. The stairs are a tad steep near the step so watch the footing when coming down from the mountain. It took us just over 2 hours to go up
and come down.

1 month ago

Looking to do this hike between 3/28 and 3/9.
Anyone else out there interested???

Brianjguy@gmail.com

hiking
1 month ago

Took me 2 hrs round trip. If it has rained recently would recommend using micro spikes as it will make the decent much easier.

2 months ago

Amazing amazing hike. Views from the top are just spectacular. And the variation in the forests was so cool. The other thing I loved about this hike was the smells, some floral, some woody. Overall just awesome. Do be prepared for some cardio work at the top with all those stairs.

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Muddier than I was expecting but a very pleasant trail.

hiking
2 months ago

Excellent hike: 3-4 hrs after enjoying the top, kept a steady pace and the trail was well maintained. There is a small set of picnic tables about midway up, but you can just enjoy food at the top too. You’ll experience varying type of foliage, with pretty decent cover from the sun for 65% of the hike.

There is a way back down thru the valley if you are adventurous but that’s rated as hard. (The route is pretty narrow along the cliff side with ropes in other parts) This one is manageable, but not for the unfit (the stairs at the end will wear you out, and a few areas get muddy and slippery)

hiking
3 months ago

about 3hrs total round trip with breaks. really nice moderate hike that is mostly shaded 3/4 of the way. no ropes needed as the hike is basically a gradual incline till you get towards the end. near the end there are stairs but nothing compared to kokohead. watch out when it rains as it does get muddy and roots are slippery. overall one of my favorites

hiking
3 months ago

Very scenic and complete hiking experience. Good, steady climb that gets steeper towards the top. It was cool to hike through various eco-systems... from tropical to forest. Great views at the top! Only downside is that you don’t get many big views until the last part of the hike due to the tree density.

The trail is well established and heavily travelled. Bring good shoes and be prepared for mud if there’s been recent rain.

Overall, great hike... one I would definitely do again. Highly recommended.

hiking
3 months ago

This is one of the most beautiful and complete hikes I have ever done. I have done most of my recent hikes in the North East and I think this hike is better than Mount Washington! There are beautiful look outs, various different biomes, and the diversity of plants, difficulty, ans views are extravagant! It usually rains at the top so bring good shoes. REMEMBER to sign in at the bottom!

hiking
3 months ago

Cloudy and super windy today so the view at the top was not as good as it could be. But the trail itself is really nice with lots of interesting plants and wild flowers. We enjoyed it better than pillbox trail.

hiking
3 months ago

Spectacular views of Diamond Head.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful hike with an amazing view at the top, but the stairs towards the end are killer so make sure to pace yourself and bring plenty of water.

3 months ago

Beautiful hike. Can be tough at times, but well worth it once you get to the top. Be prepared for lots of steps towards the end!

hiking
3 months ago

1/14/2018-Weather was pretty good and trail was dry. Came across 65 groups/ solo hikers but mostly on the return trip; on the trek up we only saw 4 groups/solo hikers. Parking was very limited so we ended up parking at the bottom of the road. We made the round trip in a little over 2.5 hours. Recommend packing at least 1L of water, wear sunscreen, and enjoy the view!

3 months ago

that view! there is street parking in front of the houses on the way up, took us about 20 min to look for a parking spot not to far from the start of the trail, we ended up parking at the beginning of the street the hike entrance is, then walking up. my husband had my 25lb kid on his back in the carrier and he had a workout of a lifetime. the path is steady so its pretty self explanatory as you proceed. uphill zigzags. we spent about 3.5 hours round trip. spent about 20 minutes at the summit to admire a job well done!! this was definitely a challenge for me because im a novice hiker so my fitness level isn't quite where it should be to breeze this hike. but this is the one hike im glad I came to! its just amazing!

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike and the view at the top is awesome. Also there is a picnic table about half way that would be a good picnic spot.

hiking
3 months ago

Our favorite trail on the island!

3 months ago

Really nice hike!!!

hiking
3 months ago

This was a fun hike! I also purchased a camping permit, thought there were no designated campsites. I chose a fairly level area towards the top, close to the pavilion rest spot. The start is a little spooky because it’s covered in greyish pine needles—such a cool experience!
There were a few others out hiking, but only enough that I saw people about every 20 minutes or so. There are tons of stairs (and roots that act as such), so be prepared for a little leg burning—the views are spectacular, though! There are several spots that will take your breath away
There is even a lookout bench about half way up.
Be careful with the weather and sunset! I got caught in a decent rainstorm right as I reached the summit, and it was pretty slippery coming back down. It’s also not a hike that should be done in the dark because of the obstacles along the path and the slippery nature of it all in the rain.
Just keep an eye on things, and you’ll be in for a heck of a treat!

hiking
3 months ago

First mile is pretty easy then the roots and mud make it a little more challenging. Amazing view!

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