Waimano Ridge Trail

MODERATE 53 reviews

Waimano Ridge Trail is a 6.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Pearl City, Hawaii that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
6.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1181 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

cave

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

muddy

old growth

rocky

no dogs

This is a very diverse trail with a combination of manmade ditch structures, natural streams, ridge crossings, and switchbacks. Segment 1: The Tunnels The start of the trail is graded and wide. It traverses a long fence at the start and finally turns into the reserve with a view towards Pearl Harbor and Waianae. Don't forget to take the right fork in order to stay on the main trail. Taking the left fork will traverse a shorter loop hike into the valley. Continuing on the main trail on the right will take you past the many Waimano ditches and tunnels. Some dry enough for you to walk through (watch your head). On passing tunnel #7 the trail will drop down to cross a feeder stream. Once you cross, look back to see tunnel #8. Climb up and forward, you will then see the state hiking sign. Going left will take you through tunnel #9 (one of the longest) while going right walks you past the tunnel. Both will meet back up just before the #17 scout rest post BSA Kamehameha District Post 540. Segment 2: The Valley Stream Nature From the scout rest post, take the trail heading down into the valley. There are three more tunnels that are less visible, plus a number of ditch features. The trail will also cross Waimano stream and take a series of switchbacks that start to gain elevation. This area is a beautiful respite featuring giant fan palm, huge stands of tall royal palm trees, lots of great koa trees, and steep drop-offs to the stream below. It also houses lots of endemic and foreign birds alike. Segment 3: The Never-ending Switchbacks At this point the path begins to narrow and can be fairly overgrown if not recently maintained. The trees are smaller and Ohia is in abundance. Keep a look out for the Lobelia and Ko'li'i. Although, it always seems like yet another switchback, take the time to enjoy the cool mountain breezes and clouds. Sounds of water will gurgle up to the swtichbacks as you wonder where is the KST. Once you reach the summit terminus the view of Waihe'e Valley, Kaneohe Bay, and Kualoa is very rewarding.

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10 days ago

3.5 stars.

Hmm...I'm not sure why this hike is rated "Hard". It's not very difficult at all. The elevation change is barely noticeable for most of the route, and there is only one small 10' feature where a rope is preferred, but definitely not mandatory. That said, it's really beautiful. Definitely worth the hike, but if you're looking for something challenging, this isn't it.

Also, someone posted previously about this trail not being kid-friendly. That's inaccurate. I'd say if your kid is over the age of 6-8 and he/she can't handle this trail, you need to get your kids outside more.

11 days ago

1 month ago

Not kid friendly, steep slopes.

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1 month ago

A long and wet hike. The end is a steep drop off and very peaceful.

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4 months ago

The first thing I noticed was the prominently placed “Public Hunting Area” sign. I quickly checked myself to see if I was wearing even a scrap of hunter-orange, an upon determining that I was not, decided that my outfit of drab earth-tones was probably good enough to make me hard to spot, and thus hard to shoot, so I should be alright (don't be like me kids).

This trail is easily my favorite of those I’ve hiked thus far on Oahu. Other than the occasional tunnel or rock climb, the hike to the bottom of the valley is a nice, cool, family friendly stroll through the woods; and those little adventurous diversions are perfectly placed punctuation in the poem that is Waimano Ridge. It’s scenery and birdsong all the way to the end. That said, I imagine if you get caught in the rain, this trail could become hazardous with little provocation, so keep an eye on the sky as you make your way.

Oh, also, we did encounter a group of hunters hauling out a large boar carcass; they are out there. Both hunters and boar.

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4 months ago

Good trail. I'm definitely doing this one again! There are some incredible views and it's just a good workout.

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5 months ago

Really pretty.

6 months ago

7 months ago

Over grown but easy