7.4 miles
2,877 feet
Out & Back

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1 month ago

The trail starts off at Pu’u Pueo park near the top of Alewa drive. Enter the park and head toward the water tower you will see the trail split 2 times, take the right side of both these paths as it will take you to a descending portion of the trail. The trail will hug the mountain side and ascend back to the ridge line to a fence area. There are lots of pine needles that can make it slippery as well as deep muddy pockets toward the top of the trail. There are a few rope sections (I’d say about 6) that are a blessing on wetter days.

The middle of the hike seems well manicured with a stretch of wide grassy patches to walk on . The hike gets more and more beautiful as you rise above the Honolulu skyline. The green valleys of Nu’uanu and Kalihi become deeper as the ocean becomes more broad with every section. There are about 4 false peaks that are not bad when you are going in, but you definitely feel as you come back.

The last ascent is thickly overgrown with Uluhe ferns that are a blessing for hand holds if you have gloves and a curse if you don’t have long socks.

The Peak offers a beautiful view of Honolulu on the south side of Oahu while the northern / eastern side offers breathtaking from Kualoa to Mount Olomana with the iconic H3 freeway bowing at the base of the Koolau right at your feet. There is also a view of the Haikū Tower on clear days.

Besides the gnats at the summit, sliver grass a(my term for the grass that cuts you and delivers a painful /itchy sensation once you touch it) and the uluhe piercings, it is very scenic and only miles from Oahu’s busy downtown district. This beautiful peak is a moderate to moderate-hard climb depending on conditions, but the views are spectacular.

This trail seems to go on forever on the return but be aware when returning to look left for the ribbons to get back to the park as I ended up in the back of Kamehameha schools......

Safe climbing.!!!!! Oh and Bring lots of water 2-4L and some snacks . The Humidity can get bad and the last 1/3 of the trail (like most Koolau ridge hikes) has minimal overhead coverage/shade.