Pu'u Heleakala and Nanakuli Trail

MODERATE 17 reviews

Pu'u Heleakala and Nanakuli Trail is a 2.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Waianae, Hawaii that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.

2.6 miles
1824 feet
Out & Back



nature trips





no dogs

Short hike along the south ridge to Pu'u Heleakala in Nanakuli, Oahu. Watch out for wind gusts and no cover. Some rock scrambling and climbing required. This much shorter pu'u cannot be mistaken for its high relative on Maui (Haleakala). Although shorter, it still is a good climb to the top at about 1900 feet. There are two ways to reach the top of Pu'u Heleakala. One approach from the south and one from the west. You could reach it coming from the North, but that would mean having to scale Puu Palikea first. What makes this hike challenging is the heat since there is no cover at all on this trail. Be sure to bring lots of water.

4 days ago

It is not well marked, but worth it. Great view of the west coast Nanakuli/Waianae area. The trail gets more exciting and narrow the higher you get.

29 days ago

Long, hot and mostly uphill! Bring water! Careful of loose rocks! The view of the pyramid is pretty cool as well as the entire leeward side on your way up and down!

1 month ago

Great panoramic views, harder for short legs, some 6-10' rock faces, bring water, gets hot, no shade. Park in the gravel lot, can see your car from trail most of the hike. Locals were really friendly and helpful!

1 month ago

1 month ago

Good trail. Start early before the sun beats you up

3 months ago

it is hard!!!

4 months ago

Thank you AllTrails for being an awesome resource for finding new hikes on this island. I found this hike one morning and within an hour I was hiking up this ridge. Definitely a workout, it's a pretty steep incline over a relatively short distance and it is very hot. There's also several false peaks that tease you. However, the views throughout the entire hike are amazing as you get a great look at the coast and some nearby ridges on the Waianae Range. However, the best part is the peak, where you can see a nearby pyramid shaped ridge commonly called the "Hawaiian Pyramid." Just magical. For more on this hike, check out my blog post!


4 months ago

Fairly challenging climbing up. A bit steep, pretty overgrown in the beginning and choke kiawe.., some rock climbing (but handles available), crumbly rocks. Great views of the pyramid and surroundings valleys. Very exposed and hot, bring a hat, lots of water.

5 months ago

6 months ago

Certainly not my favorite hike. It is an extremely hot and dry hike. Rather steep the majority of the hike as you are going right up to side of the mountain. Must be watchful of footing, but there are some beautiful sights at the top.

7 months ago

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Mountain was green up on the higher elevations, but after the fire that started from the HECO power lines on the opposite side of the valley it swept around the entire valley. Most of the valley was burnt, however, thankfully the LAST Na'u Tree on Oahu survived and most of the Nanakuli Forest Preserve below Palikea.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Ha ha it can be rough one - no shade, bone dry and not much of a path...but once you get to the first peak, its well worth the effort.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Not a good trail locals only

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Sunday, April 27, 2014