Kuliouou Ridge Trail

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Kuliouou Ridge Trail is a 4.4 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.

4.4 miles
1666 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly




mountain biking

nature trips

trail running




wild flowers



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.

6 hours ago

Spectacular views of Diamond Head.

1 day 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.

1 day 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!

3 days 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!

8 days 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.

9 days ago

Our favorite trail on the island!

9 days ago

Really nice hike!!!

12 days 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!

16 days ago

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

17 days ago

One of my personal favorite hikes , even with all the mud and spurts of Hawaiian rain showers! We recently went on an overcast, cloudy day, yet this made the hiking more peaceful and beautiful.

Rainy, wet conditions: Take time to carefully watch steps as roots, stairway, muddy trail is extremely slippery!

Going up is at time very tiring, and stairs are killer for novice hikers!

If you are going simply for view at end of hike: do not go on cloudy overcast day.

18 days ago

Beautiful hike. Not dangerous, but it definitely isn't an easy hike. View is worth it!

18 days ago

This trail is rated as “moderate” but please be aware of the weather conditions. We went to this trail the day after a heavy rain and the trail can be VERY SLIPPERY and can be difficult from time to time. The view at the summit is very good.

20 days ago

Gorgeous views at the top!

22 days ago

I think in a good day this trail can be amazing, but at the end you have to think it will worth it, it gets quite tough at the end.
Along the trail expect to see lots of beautiful and different type of trees, a nature “carpet” and beautiful scenario, at end Is breath taking and you’ll see that it will worth it.
Be sure to be in a great shape unless you ok with struggling lol.

23 days ago

Absolutely beautiful. Each part of the trail is very different and interesting. The top is amazing and tropical. Very worth the effort.

24 days ago

Nice hike. Some of the roots/mud is slippery. View from the top is worth it.

24 days ago

First part of the hike is rather boring. Starts getting more worth your while and scenic past the picnic table area. All up hill after it to. There’s a bench off the the left once you get through the tree roots, that has a decent vintage point. Remember to look behind every now and again, because the view behind you it primo, and takes your mind of the 1734727282 stairs to the ridge. Very slippery on the way back down, so mind your step.

1 month ago

This was an extremely strenuous hike for me. My 8 month old dog was extremely tired, slept the rest of the day and next. Views are beautiful but not sure this hike is worth the views. Once I become more experienced then maybe. Took us 3 hours to do. The stairs at the end are a killer. Would not recommend for older people.

2 months ago

Hiked the trail at 10 AM in the morning. Lots of switchbacks for the first third of the hike but mostly shaded. Midway is a beautiful coniferous forest, the trail becomes carpeted with pine needles. Trail was slightly muddy since it had rained hard the day before. From the picnic table to the summit is quite strenuous but awesome views all the way to the top. Summit was somewhat cloudy but good views east and south. Really enjoy this hike lots of diversity in the plant life as you climb.

Awesome hike

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