Pauoa Flats Loop Trail

EASY 26 reviews

Pauoa Flats Loop Trail is a 3.3 mile heavily trafficked loop 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.

DISTANCE
3.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1272 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

muddy

over grown

scramble

3 months ago

A nice, decent hike through bamboo forests and tangled roots. Not particularly strenuous unless a good rain came through. It can get really muddy and slick, so wear good shoes.

The view is not 360, but no matta because it's still beautiful.

3 months ago

Maybe I did this trail wrong but it simply merges into the Manoa Cliff Trail which eventually drops you off on a road 1 mile from where you parked. Good trail up to that point.

hiking
5 months ago

6 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

We did about half of the loop to the lookout point after connecting from the Aihualama Trail. Like the Aihualama, this trail can be very muddy in places. Make sure you wear appropriate footwear. A walking stick is helpful to steady you as you climb around deeper patches of mud. I would recommend bringing bug spray. We forgot ours and were eaten alive before we got to the lookout. Despite this, the views at the lookout were phenomenal, and the breeze, welcome.

hiking
7 months ago

Great trail, although it did get really muddy at times, but it's worth it once you reach the end of a trail with a breathtaking view

7 months ago

Trail is extension of multiple trails. Beautiful trees and root systems. Signs of wild boat everywhere so be ready to climb one of those beautiful trees if necessary. You even get a small trek through bamboo before you come to a long wide view of the Pali.

trail running
7 months ago

Pauoa flats trail by itself starts as an offshoot of pu'u'ohi'a trail, leading down and intersecting with multiple different trails (just follow the signs for Pauoa) and ending at a lookout of the pali area(it is clearly signed END OF TRAIL). Pauoa flats is a one heck of a technical trail to run! There is a web of roots along a long stretch to slow you down. after that, you enter the bamboo forest area which has been consistently full of puddles of mud in my experience. The end of this trail has another trail head to the beginning of the climb to k2-k1.

hiking
9 months ago

Nice view. Fun hike. Nice and shaded. Super muddy.

hiking
11 months ago

Loved it can't wait to live within the bamboo

hiking
Sunday, June 12, 2016

This trail is confusing. We lost our way and took a wrong direction about a hour. We were lucky to meet a gentle man who knew these trails area.i don't recommend to hike this trail by yourself.
Do not forget to use the insect repellent,there are so many mosquitoes.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

My neighborhood trail. Really enjoy this one especially the lookout point overlooking the Pali

hiking
Sunday, January 31, 2016

Enjoyed this hike, it is really easy for everyone, nice little work out.

hiking
Tuesday, January 05, 2016

hiking
Friday, August 14, 2015

It is a long drive to the trail head and the trails are very confusing. The trail was not well maintained and there's nothing special about this trail, not really recommended.

hiking
Saturday, February 28, 2015

hiking
Monday, February 09, 2015

I accessed the Pauoa Flats Trail from Aihualama/Manoa Falls (would recommend). The lookout over Nu'uanu Valley is completely satisfying and definitely a reason to do the hike. From the lookout there is an unofficial path leading farther up the ridge- I ventured along that until I reached a point where someone had tied a guide rope alongside a very narrow, almost straight up part and decided it was probably not in my best interest to continue. Although I am curious as I'm sure there's a reason people have made and use the path. I planned on taking the Puu Ohia Trail back, but it seemed to be closed (or the signage nonexistent), so be ready to take the Kalawahine Trail back to Tantalus Rd.

hiking
Friday, October 03, 2014

Pu'u Ohia= Mt. Tantalus.

trail running
Wednesday, March 05, 2014

hiking
Sunday, March 03, 2013

Directions to the trail head from this ap take you to a gated community, get your directions elsewhere. Awesome view of honolulu from the top. Great trail to hike with children.