Poamoho Ridge Trail

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Poamoho Ridge Trail is a 6.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Wahiawa, Hawaii that features a river and is rated as difficult. 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.

6.6 miles
1,968 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash


nature trips

off road driving

trail running





wild flowers



This is a beautiful trail in central Oahu. A permit from the Department of Forestry and Wildlife at Makiki is required to gain access to the 4WD road that leads you to the trailhead. Once at the trailhead, it is a wide meandering and easy hike that traverses some of the most pristine forest on Oahu. There are great views of the Koolaus, Poamoho Stream, and of the east, north, and west coasts. At the top, it is a grassy area beyond the Kline Memorial, with epic views of Kaawa, Kahana, and Punaluu. Don't miss the great view of the pyramid mountain Pu'u Ohulehule. In all a great hike. Be sure that to watch the weather as it is normally raining at Poamoho and it can get very muddy. Lookout for the yellow, orange, pink and red ohia trees!

5 days ago

I didn’t get to hike this. Permit denied because the trail is only open Saturday and Sunday. Only two hikes need 4wd permits as of now. Other one is on the west side of the island.

2 months ago

The best hiking trail ever!!! Well maintained. Beautiful and absolutely stunning views. Well worth the 7 hours it took us to complete... including the 45minute drive time Just to get to the trailhead...4X4 (highly recommended)

7 months ago

Great hike, muddy and a fun drive to get there. Directions in this app were not correct.. just follow the directions in your permit to get to the gates.

11 months ago

Great hike, a little muddy, but no ropes!

Sunday, April 23, 2017

went on a muddy/rainy day. it was beautiful but could only see clouds at summit

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Wheelin in was just as fun

Saturday, December 03, 2016

be sure to have decent grips on your hiking shoes!

Friday, July 22, 2016

I never did this trail yet, but would love to go with someone who has been and is a safe smart hiker. Anyone interested in taking me 30 yr old woman who loves the outdoors. Not a advanced hiker but I have done quite a bit of hikes and love a challenge. My name is Jenyce Tolentino if you're serious about inviting me i'm on facebook. Also to different trails not just this one! Hope to hear from someone!!

Sunday, May 01, 2016

One of the best ridge trail with incredible views on Oahu.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Poor Brandon Donaldson can't read... This is ALL Trails. Not just hiking trails. The description for this trail clearly states that the first portion is a 4WD. There are quite a few of such trails where access to the trailhead is a 4WD road. Now that doesn't mean you can't hike it. As there are many too today that lock the gates and you have no choice but to hike it (eg Moanalua, Laie, Kawailoa, etc.). Read, understand and be prepared. There are even trails here that you have to swim or kayak or ski to! Regardless, Poamoho is one of the island's best kept secrets because it takes a little more to get to it. Love the nature along the way.

Friday, June 14, 2013

This is a great classic trail on Oahu. It mixes a 3 mile 4WD with a 3.5 mile (one-way) contouring hill side cut-out trail with some of the best bird watching opportunities. At the end of the trail is the Kline Memorial with expansive views of Punaluu, kahana, Kaaawa, and Kaneohe. You can also choose to follow the KST east for another thrilling half a mile to get to the Poamoho Cabin. But be careful on this section as there are some pretty steep drop offs. Watch out for hunters and their dogs. All in all a great experience. note that you will need a Department of Forestry and Wildlife permit attainable at the makiki office.

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