Pupukea-Paumalu Trail

MODERATE 24 reviews

Pupukea-Paumalu Trail is a 9.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Haleiwa, 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 and horses are also able to use this trail.

9.4 miles
2890 feet

dog friendly

kid friendly



mountain biking

nature trips

trail running


horseback riding



wild flowers




Series of horse, biking and hiking trails in the Pukukea-Paumalu Forest Reserve located in the northernmost district of Oahu. The Pupukea-Paumalu area is rural, largely undeveloped, with rolling terrain and a 300-foot tall bluff approximately 1,200 feet inland from Kamehameha Highway. Three gulches run from mauka to makai, created by three intermittent streams: Paumal, Pklena, and Klunawaikaala. Vegetative communities consist mostly of introduced species, although there are several native plant species still found on-site. Consisting of 1,144-acre City- and State-owned property, the area is being developed and maintained as a shared community resource. There are more than 15 miles of single track and jeep roads linking up from behind the Ehukai Elementary School all the way to Pupukea. No motorized vehicles allowed. There are many linking trails and a unique multi-junction area in the middle called Lilikoi Junction. There are many jumps and ramps to suit riders of all levels. Hikers can enjoy the forest walk or look forward to the cliff views overlooking Sharks Cove and the Three Tables. There are also many interesting bunkers and strange objects to explore.

4 days ago

11 days ago

Too easy to get lost. Will be back

11 days ago

1 month ago

Great family hike!!!

1 month ago

3 months ago

So many hidden treasures along the trails. Super fun!!

3 months ago

The trail was really good enjoyed hiking it a lot with some friends. Our first time to hike the trail and had a good time choosing from choosing many directions to hike from. Hike offers well kept trails and offers a great destination for mountain bikers which we ran to multiple times with many down hill mounds and fun little drops. Enjoyed the fact you can continue on to Ehukai Pillbox as well. Good trail!

5 months ago

6 months ago

Jan 2017. Loved this trail! Tons of trails in different directions, GPS with this app was helpful for staying oriented. Lots of flat easy hiking. Also parts of the trail (Party Line trail) that seemed designed for mountain biking, with lots of ups and downs and banked curves, which I decided to skip. But it was easy just to go a different way. Only encountered one person on a mountain bike over a couple hours of hiking. Mostly shaded with a nice breeze off the ocean. No views of the ocean on the part I hiked. Would definitely do this one again, and explore more of the different trails.

mountain biking
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10 months ago

Monday, July 11, 2016

Great for a dog, just watch out for mountain bikes. Tons of trails going in every direction. Getting lost uncovered tons of hidden gems, just make sure to carry plenty of water for you and the puppy if you plan on getting lost like I did.

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Fabulous forest walk, nice and cool even in the summer. Lots of tracks, would have been completely lost without the track, so thanks for putting this together. Got some good geocaching as well!

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

We accidentally stumbled onto this trail from the ehukai trail. Had a beautiful bunker though we didn't do the whole thing it was still beautiful. Lots of side trails.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Thursday, December 24, 2015

mountain biking
Tuesday, October 20, 2015

We had a blast! If you're courageous enough, take a ride down the Party Line Trail. I took several tumbles on it, but would definitely do it again.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Great workout to get to the Boy Scout Campground then it's all play and trails downhill. A bunch of fun and a lot of space to roam around on. Bring lots of water, it can get muggy and hot up there.