Maunalaha Trail

MODERATE 125 reviews
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Maunalaha Trail is a 3.8 mile lightly trafficked loop 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 but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1115 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

Directions from The intersection of Nehoa and Makiki Streets in Honolulu: Proceed mauka and turn left on Makiki Heights Drive. Continue for approximately 0.5 mile until the road makes a sharp left turn (look for a row of mailboxes on the right side of the road). Proceed straight ahead past the mailboxes through a green gate. There is a sign that says, Makiki Forest Recreation Area. Proceed mauka, past the Nature Center until you encounter the Forestry and Wildlife baseyard. Hiker parking is in the lot to the right of the baseyard.

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25 days ago

Go right. Easier to go uphill steeply then downhill.

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1 month ago

Good work out. Brought our 7 month old dog and he seemed to love it. If you take the right side maunalaha trail, you will ascend up faster and be at the top in no time. Once at the top then its all downhill. If you want to ascend up slowly then take the left side to Kanealole trail. Its a loop that connects to other trails. Makiki valley trail is very shaded and beautiful. Bring some bug spray.

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2 months ago

Not much of a view and lots of ants, but good variety in terrain and lightly trafficked

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3 months ago

Got followed by a guy with a knife at the bottom of this trail. If we'd noticed him a little further along, we'd have been in trouble. Don't hike here if there are a bunch of cars hanging out by the trailhead.

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3 months ago

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3 months ago

I loved this quick three miler. It was a pretty decent ascent to get the blood flowing and then a moderate descent through the jungle and bamboo, with the big reveal a valley covered in vines. It smelt wonderful with all the flowers. Definitely all the warnings about if it rains it gets slick, but the locals don't seem to care and we even had Miss Hawaii blast by us on the trail. I'd like to go back and explore a little more.

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