Pu'upiei Trail

HARD 25 reviews

Pu'upiei Trail is a 2.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Hauula, Hawaii that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

2.4 miles
1,368 feet
Out & Back



nature trips

rock climbing



wild flowers


over grown



no dogs

2 months ago

Great hike trail slippery at points but doable we got to the top in about 50 min and it took about that long to go down. Be careful going down. This was quite taxing physically.

3 months ago

Difficult trail, but really enjoyed myself. I would follow the red/orange trail markers once you see them. I repeatedly got lost during this hike, but the view at the end was beautiful. I would check the GPS at times to check if you’re on the trail to make sure you don’t head off to different areas.

3 months ago

Beautiful and challenging hike. At the top trails are connected and you can explore even farther. Be prepared before the hike.

6 months ago

Very beautiful and it’s a steep climb. If you want to get to the top of the ridge don’t go up the trail with the loose dirt where all you have to hold onto for support is the brush. Luckily my friend saw an easier route that required a small amount of technical rock climbing to get to the top. The hike continues along the ridge but we decided to save it for another day since we were flocked in with clouds. It was a good choice too since it started raining shortly after we turned to go back down.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Like others have said, this hike can be pretty challenging. The initial incline is pretty steep with loose gravel followed by some dense foliage and undergrowth. Bring plenty of water and plan on 4+ hours. The view is amazing and there is some great free climbing if you'd like to go all the way up.

Sunday, July 09, 2017

hard hikee very uphill but worth it once you get to the topp

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Extremely overgrown but has amazing views.

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

My buddy and I went up the normal trail but instead of going left up to the Piei summit, we went right and did the intense and sketchy notches down to the neighboring ridge, which eventually connected up with the original trail toward the bottom so we came out the same place.

The climbing is for skilled climbers. There are many places that take time to map out your route down the 20-30ft vertical rock faces. There are some old ropes, cables, straps in some places, not all are reliable.

It was not clear where to go down the next ridge, but we got lucky and guessed right.

Distance is short, but give yourself a good 4hrs for this route in good dry conditions.


Sunday, May 28, 2017

This trail is all uphill and it gets very gnarly and overgrown as you get closer to Pauao ridge / Puu Piei . Some ropes and cables at the steep parts. Lots of mozzies so bring bug spray, and a good camera for the amazing views.


Tuesday, February 21, 2017

I didn't go thru the trail head at the park but its beside the washrooms on the right! the trail was overgrown like crazy in feb lol I ended up Bush wacking and going up the rock valley then cutting over.

I wish I could have finished it only got half way there! which took us 1-1.5 off trail using this GPS tracker

not a very well Marked one and steep at some points if u get lost easily don't recommend it

Sunday, December 11, 2016

The trailhead was pretty hard to find. It was pretty wet and so very difficult to get elevation. However, I didn't make it to the top.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Note: My phone did not have good enough connection to track the hike so my route as of 3/13/2016 is a drawn route, rather than GPS tracking.

The trail was in rough shape, overgrown, steep, challenging. There were some steep scrambles, pulling yourself up by branches, crawling through small spaces, and sliding on the prickly Lauhala leaves. Not pleasant, but fun! Once we reached the crest of the ridge, rather than going to the left toward the summit, we went toward the ocean first to explore some of the climbing. There were some intimidating vertical rock faces, and some serious drops on both sides. For those not accustomed to Hawaii hikes, BE AWARE there's a reason locals aren't bouldering in places like this. Seemingly solid holds often come loose. Our rocks are playful, they like to move and shift and crumble.

Unreal view of Kahana Bay and Pu'u Manamana across the way. Although not a long hike, give yourself a lot of time. Detailed directions can be found in "Hikers Guide to Oahu" by Stuart Ball.

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