Pali Overlook to Waimanalo Ridge

HARD 10 reviews

Pali Overlook to Waimanalo Ridge is a 9.8 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Kailua, Hawaii that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

9.8 miles
2,687 feet
Point to Point

dogs on leash


trail running





wild flowers


bridge out


old growth

1 month ago

I did this trail backwards, starting from Waimanalo and ending at Pali lookout. There are some forks at the beginning, so stay on the widest(bigger) path so you don’t get lost. It connects to the Maunawili trail, so follow the sign for that. You will be on this trail most of the time. Wet and hazardous conditions ahead. Watch your step and pack accordingly. Bring a friend or at least tell someone where you are going. You could die. Plenty of water sources along the trail, I suggest bringing a filtration system. I recorded this trail with AllTrails pro, and it logged 12 miles. I finished in 7.5 hours with strained left hip muscle, so it can be done faster. About 1/2 of the way up, the trail seems to end. I saw a blue ribbon which signifies the wrong way. Instead, go up the dry stream about 20 feet and the trail continues. I’m glad I explored a bit before turning back. Theres no where to camp so don’t plan on staying over. I would suggest experienced hikers only with good dexterity. When you get to the end of the Maunawili trail, swing a left up the dirt steps toward the old Pali road. Bypass the “under the bridge” and continue along the old Pali road. The last part of the hike is gravel with some awesome (and rewarding) views along the way. When you get to Pali lookout you’ll have to either jump over a six foot high locked gate or squeeze around the left side of the gate. Its a tight squeeze so if you have a big belly you won’t fit. Good luck out there and stay safe!

trail running
5 months ago

I ran this trail in reverse, from Waimanalo to Pali Lookout. It had been raining for the past 2 days so it was quite slippery but otherwise it was a great time. It is definitely more challenging in reverse as it it goes up hill most of the way. It totaled out at just under 20 kilometers.

8 months ago

Used this trail from the small trailhead off the pali at the sharp curve. Hiked halfway to Maunawili Falls Connection to make it to the falls. Great hike, beautiful long mountain views. Falls is great with 10, 15, and 30 foot cliff jumping into small pool.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Once past the paved section (where the noise of the highway is distracting), turns out to be a nice hike. Mostly flat with some small elevation gains/loses. I stopped about halfway and did an out and back, ended up being 10.5 miles. Added to my list to do the entire trail as an out and back to make for a long day

I see that this hike is marked as Hard...the only factor that makes it hard is the length, the path itself is pretty easy / not dangerous, though may be muddy after it rains

Friday, July 14, 2017


Saturday, April 08, 2017

Well defined track. Pretty easy all up. Just over 4.5 hours including a quick drop down to the falls and back. I did have good weather and no mud!

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Saturday, July 22, 2017