Makapu'u Point Lighthouse Lookout Trail

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Makapu'u Point Lighthouse Lookout Trail is a 2.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Honolulu, Hawaii that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
2.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
505 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

beach

paved

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

no shade

historic site

Great short uphill paved trail along sea cliffs to observation deck and lighthouse with fantastic views. Whole thing is paved, there's no shade so bring lots of water and go as soon as they open to beat the heat. Lots of lookouts for whales, you can climb down a path and get right next to the lighthouse. A parking area offers access to the trailhead. Follow the trail as it climbs up the western side of the ridge. Upon reaching the top of the ridge (about the halfway point), the trail switches back to the north, following the eastern side of the ridge. At this point it levels out somewhat, but still climbs gradually to the summit, where a pair of guard-railed lookouts offer panoramic vistas. To return, retrace your route. The Makapuu Point trail, within Kaiwi State Scenic Shoreline, offers outstanding views of Oahus southeastern coastline, including Koko Head and Koko Crater. From the trails destination at Makapuu Head, one is rewarded with magnificent views of the windward coast and offshore islets, as well as the historic red-roofed Makapuu Lighthouse built in 1909, which makes a stunning picture against the deep blue sea below (the lighthouse itself is off-limits). On a clear day, you may even see Molokai and Lanai. The offshore islets are wildlife sanctuaries for Hawaiian seabirds, such as the iwa, frigate bird, and tropicbird. This trail is an excellent place to view migrating humpback whales in season (November-May). Binoculars are suggested for viewing the whales and seabirds. An interpretive sign and viewing scope along the trail help you view and identify the whales seen from this location. This portion of the island tends to be hot and dry as evidenced by the abundant panini cacti and low-growing kiawe. The trail is exposed and is usually sunny and hot, as well can be very windy at the summit. Hat, sunscreen, and water are recommended. Give yourself about 2 hours to enjoy this hike and the great views. Many run up and down this trail for a great workout!

hiking
1 day ago

walking
3 days ago

Short, sweet, side hike. Saw humpback whales. Lovely views and easy path.

6 days ago

Fun walk. Not really a hike because you are on pavement the entire time, but the views are spectacular. We were lucky enough to see humpback whales at the second lookout point. Bring water, sunscreen, and a hat because you're completely exposed the whole way.

walking
7 days ago

This hike is really a paved walkway, but has stellar views all around.

However, the best part of this hike is to venture down to the tide pools. They were one of the coolest things I’ve seen. Wear good shoes and be mindful of the waves.

8 days ago

Great easy hike

10 days ago

Beautiful walk. Too about 1.5 hours return Inclined paved walk. Great if you have prams, strollers.
Hubby and I are generally active and found this walk quite easy.

walking
11 days ago

Easy, completely paced, mobbed with tourists. The view over the city at sunset is beautiful. Took about an hour and a half for a VERY leisurely stroll up and down.

hiking
11 days ago

Great paved trail, wonderful views, and very family friendly. Not a lot of shade however so bring water. A lot of incline on this trail.

hiking
17 days ago

Nice trail....paved all the way through. Supposedly you can see whales but unfortunately I did not. Can get congested but for the most part everyone makes room for each other. Nice walk for kids.

walking
20 days ago

Very easy walk. It is at an incline but nothing hard. Windy in the AM

21 days ago

Awesome views! Paved road from bottom to top. I saw strollers, flip flops. No shades. Go early in the morning or when it cools down in the afternoon.

21 days ago

Lots of great views and a great easy first trail on island!

24 days ago

We did it for the sunrise! It was beautiful. The gate doesn’t open until seven for the parking lot but you can park along the side and walk to the hike.

26 days ago

The trail head doesn't open until 0700 with police guarding it. keep this in mind if you want a sunrise hike.

walking
26 days ago

It was a super easy trail just make sure you wear sunscreen!!! Also to get to the light house take a right my the tiny building And go around the gate

26 days ago

Simple one, but view at the end is breathtaking!

walking
28 days ago

Nothing unusual about this hike, great walk. Really nice views and some good photo opportunities morning, noon or night.

1 month ago

You get what is advertised.

hiking
1 month ago

Long, winding, but paved. Friendly hike, nice views of the ocean!

1 month ago

Makapu'u Point Lighthouse Trail is a paved and and scenic trail. You are given unobstructed picturesque views of the ocean, diverse terrain, and of course the historic lighthouse. Makapu'u Point Lighthouse was once an imperative navigational guide, and now it is a beautiful piece of architecture that everyone should experience in person. There are some other separate unpaved trails toward the top of the paved trail that lead to some pill boxes and offer opportunity to be more adventurous. I would suggest doing this trail shortly after it opens (I believe 7 am) as the parking fills up quickly. I recommend this trail for all skill levels and even families.

hiking
1 month ago

I love this trail. Very well maintained and it’s paved the whole way. There is a little incline up the first hill but after that it’s not bad. The views the entire way up and at the end are worth every second. I see people do it in sandals all of the time but I’d say some type of shoe is probably a better option. This should be enjoyable for the whole family. When I take my time it takes me about 40min-1hr to get back to my car. There’s normally plenty of parking. Enjoy!

hiking
1 month ago

11/24/2018-Started around 0815 and it wasn’t as crowded as usual which was pretty nice. The view from the top was on the crowded side and the sun peeked out from the clouds here and there but it was a good adventure overall.

hiking
1 month ago

maintained trail, paved path, not too steep or long so it's very easy. great views around the corner of the island and on a clear enough day you can see the other islands

1 month ago

Paved trail, moderate climb with pretty good views. I mapped it at less than 3 miles from the car. Pretty crowded

walking
1 month ago

Very easy upward climb, paved road all the way.

hiking
1 month ago

So worth the views!

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome hike. My fave place to come on my day off. Starting off with cardios/breathing and then captured amazing views. Then adventuring to the Summit is the breath-taking, picture capturing moments and great workout accomplished. Coming downhill, “pump your brakes!”

1 month ago

sad that the lighthouse is closed. nice paved road, decent workout. no whales yet

walking
2 months ago

Nice paved road up to the top with excellent views!

2 months ago

Great hike and beautiful views!

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