Pu'u Manamana Turnover Trail

HARD 92 reviews

Pu'u Manamana Turnover Trail is a 3.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Hauula, Hawaii that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
3.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2237 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

beach

forest

views

wild flowers

bugs

muddy

rocky

scramble

no dogs

One of the more difficult and treacherous hikes on the island of Oahu. The hike takes you up to the rock formation known as Crouching Lion and then rides a ridgeline up and down. Very good challenge for the sure-footed hiker. The trail head is passed the fishpond, heading back towards Kaneohe direction, near a telephone pole that is marked with a fluorescent marker. There is a rope at the trail head to aid your start. Amazing views of the Kahana Ahupuaa (land division). This is not an easy hike. Balance is crucial. Skip this one if you are afraid of heights and be careful if it is gusty. Note that this trail does not attempt Pu'u Manamana at all. It goes to a turnover point in which most will stop and traverse down and out to complete the loop. True Manamana lies ahead and is only for the extreme hiker. A variant of this trail is to approach it from Kahekili instead.

hiking
1 day ago

hiking
7 days ago

A closed hike. Once you make it past the 'do not enter' signs it is a very fun, but challenging trail.
Watch your step. There are very steep cliff edges and narrow pathways.
Would 100% recommend this hike. Stunning view and a fun adrenaline rush.

13 days ago

13 days ago

Pretty awesome views! Make sure to check the weather and that you have a few hours, it can get dicey if it starts to rain, the trails turn to rivers of mud. Really great trail, many scenic viewing points to choose from!

hiking
24 days ago

Gorgeous trail. As many have said, it gets a little sketchy as you get near the top of the peak. As long as you take it slow and be careful (and you're not afraid of heights), you should be okay.

We went up to the top, then turned around and came back down because of time constraints. Took about 2 and a half hours.

hiking
28 days ago

hiking
30 days ago

The original plan was to do the mini crouching lion but I wanted a challenge so did the turnover loop to see what was so dangerous. Besides for the narrow ridge lines the trail is super slick with loose rock and gravel and the trail once you're at the top becomes very vegetated. Like people have said wear long pants, hiking shoes (not sneakers), and plenty of water. I'm glad I survived the hike but no desire to do the full loop again.

30 days ago

My favorite hike to-date on Oahu. I would recommend going with someone who's done this hike or knows the terrain on Oahu. It's very different than anything on the mainland. If you enjoy amazing views, rock climbing and an adrenaline rush walking the spines, try the Pu'u Manamana loop!

30 days ago

1 month ago

love this hike. wear long pants, solid shoes, and bring water. don't do it in the rain.

1 month ago

Awesome, quick, fairly easy hike. Only took an hour even with pictures and chatting with other people on top of the peaks. Enter at the signs that say do not enter. There are 3 sets of these signs across the road from the parking lot. Any of the 3 entrances get you to the top. Trails seemed to be well worn and plenty of hand holds on steep spots. Don't do if it's been raining though. The steep spots are the consistency of kitty litter and I'm sure very slippery when wet.

1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

2 months ago

Aloha! I do hikes and photos out here on the island. Feel free to check out my Instagram Mike.Karas and shoot me a message if you have any questions/are interested in hiking. You can email me as well at mikekarasphotography@gmail.com.

2 months ago

2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

2 months ago

5/5 if you do crouching lion or go up to the banner someone placed up after the scramble and then double back. Don't do if you're afraid of heights!! I also don't recommend the full hike, after that point you really don't get much else in the way of views; it's a very long hike, and it's very overgrown. If you do go, definitely bring long pants and maybe a long shirt. And find yourself a good spiderweb stick.