Pupukea Summit Trail

MODERATE 43 reviews

Pupukea Summit Trail is a 10.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Waimea, Hawaii that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
10.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2969 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

bugs

muddy

A long hike but most of it is on a road.

road biking
25 days ago

2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Nice trail. Would say easy versus the moderate as shown. Nice way to spend an hour and a half or so in the sunshine.

hiking
3 months ago

This trail is not that bad. Pretty cool views, some good uphills too. The only problem with this map are the two spots that overlap each other. They got us pretty lost because they are not accurate. Hike down the "paved" trail until you see the second, yellow warning gate. Turn left and follow the old abandoned highway until you get to another warning fence. Just before it there will be a washed out part of the highway on the right and a steep trail up covered in red mud with another warning sign- take it. It may have a lot of debris but it clears up just over the hill. Follow that trail until you see a trail head for Kaunala trail on your left(there will be a tan tree growing out over the dropoff on your right). Follow this trail for quite some time and it will take you back to that original "paved" road. Safe travels!

3 months ago

4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Love it, so beautiful. There is actually two great spots for amazing views, but you have to find the short little off shoots for both of them that lead to clearings to see out over the valley, they are both kind of hidden. I used to Run this trail every morning when I loved in Pupukea, absolutly perfect for a nice 45 minute run, never gains or loses elevation to much. Do not let the gate and warning signs at the entrance scare you, it is accessible to the public, though during the week you might run into some military exercises on the pupukea range, and it is also a very popular hug hunting location. Like all other trail-head's on Oahu, don't park here with a rental car, you have a high chance of getting broken into. Make you car look like a North Shore car, beat up with lots of stickers, and they will leave you alone :)

hiking
5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Had a nice hike on this trail. Easy to follow. Very rooty and muddy in some sections. If you have kids or strollers u could just do the road part along the eastern side. CAUTION: our car was broken into at the parking site at the trailhead. Both passenger side windows were smashed and some stuff stolen.

6 months ago

Tried to follow the loop - unsuccessfully. Ended up doubling back a few times.
Very isolated and great foliage.

hiking
7 months ago

Good hike!

7 months ago

9 months ago

Easy trail, great strawberry guava harvest :) and good little work out. Great if you want an easy few hours of wilderness - not epic views but some good ones, too much road walking for me

hiking
11 months ago

hiking
Saturday, June 11, 2016

Sunday, June 05, 2016

Not bad, it was a little long for my 5 year old but with a few breaks he made it... Clear cut path

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

walking
Sunday, March 13, 2016

Nice clean trail, but the end summit view is blocked by multiple power lines