Nuuanu Trail

EASY 36 reviews
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Nuuanu Trail is a 5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Honolulu, Hawaii that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
5.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1558 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

bugs

muddy

old growth

over grown

rocky

washed out

no dogs

Primarily a switchback trail that starts from Judd Trail and takes you up to Pauoa ridge. Once the ridge is gained, make a sharp left and head towards the Koolau along the ridge. You will pass a bench with great views of the valley and the adjacent Tantalus ridge and Pu'u Ohia. Continue along the ridge until you hit the Pauoa Flats Trail. From here, you can turn around and go back to where you started or explore further. Taking the left turn and passing Aihualama Trail junction will take you to a nice lookout point of Nuuanu Valley and reservoir. Taaking the right will take you to Kalawahine or Manoa Cliffs/ Puu Ohia and beyond.

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2 months ago

There was a down pour and it got muddy and sticky. Best do research of the trail 1st before you go, or else you'd get lost easily

2 months ago

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3 months ago

Everyone who is saying this is kid friendly and easy are referring to Judd Trail and that is a loop. Nu'uanu Pali Trail is not a loop but more like a horseshoe. The 5 mile hike connects you to other trails on the other side of the mountain. If you walk it alone then when you get to the other side of the mountain you'll have to turn around and hike the 5 miles back to your car. Also - parts of the hike are not well labeled with signs. I did this hike today and went in a direction with markers on the trees and it was straight up the mountain and a pain in the butt to slide back down. The views were amazing but it wasn't part of the 5 mile trail. Just it's own thing. After my friend and I realized we went the wrong way we THEN decided once we saw the sign for the trail to go a head and do it since we were there. That's when we learned from other hikers that if we went the full 5 miles that we'd have to turn around and hike back to where we started (10 total miles) Going down this mountain killed our knees. Lol. Now that we know all that we know we will do it again and be more prepared. What we thought was going to be a couple hours took 5 HOURS! Great learning experience. We were exhausted at the end!

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5 months ago

Most people will take the contour trail past the first bench to the Pauoa Flats bench. Alternatively, you can also take the ridge above the contour trail. You have to look for the junction and its a little less obvious. The ridge will also take you down to the same bench overlooking Nuuanu reservoir. Or, you can just take this route as the return route as it will be easier to find the ridge trail.

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6 months ago

This is a fun and easy hike to a beautiful waterfall!

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8 months ago

Beautiful but confusing. Got lost.