Wiliwilinui Ridge Trail

MODERATE 367 reviews

Wiliwilinui Ridge Trail is a 4.5 mile out and back trail located near Honolulu, Hawaii that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1597 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

mountain biking

trail running

walking

views

wildlife

muddy

The trail is great for hiking and normally takes a half day.

2 hours ago

doesnt get challenging until the last 3/4 mile or so as it gets very steep..i consider myself a very athletic hiker but there were a couple areas towards the top which were sketchy, just take your time..cloudy overcast this morning with strong winds so i didnt get the full view from the top but still cool..get there early on the weekends, sunday isn’t as bad as they only allow 30 vehicle passes at a time..trying to figure out how they put that big electrical building thats fenced off at the top

hiking
14 days ago

Hot and fairly exposed for the bottom half of the trail while following the power line, wear sunscreen. The second half of the trail was all in the clouds, so we didn't get much of a view, but it was still a fun hike. Some parts of the trail are pretty washed out, despite the erosion control. But there are ropes in all the places that you would need them. Crampons were very helpful.

hiking
18 days ago

This is the 3rd time we have done this hike. I am recovering from a few running injuries but was still able to beast up and down this hike. It took us 2 hrs and 6 minutes to get up and down. We did sit and the top talking to some fellow hikers we met along the way as well. The stairs toward the top are eroding pretty badly compared to the last few times we did this hike but they were still manageable. One of the ropes was also cut off and left lying up on the trail... but no ropes are needed on this hike anyways in my opinion. Lots of stairs, a few ridges that were exposed and amazing views the entire time. One of our top 5!

22 days ago

Good climb, great views.

hiking
27 days ago

Easy hike up to the ridge line. But once you reach the ridge line it is muddy and narrow hiking. Be sure to wear shoes that have good grip and be prepared to get muddy and wet. Started raining once I made it to the top which made it very dangerous and slippery on the way back down. Make sure you are cautious of your footing on be way back down. I found it very slippery and hard to get grip. Very beautiful views on top when the clouds move. Took about 3 hours out and back but I was stopping to take pictures. Would not recommend kids or dogs on the top part of the trail. Requires a rope to climb the steps at the very top.

hiking
29 days ago

easy. little walk into the ☁

hiking
1 month ago

amazing experience, what a beautiful island, trail was fairly difficult but challenging, had to stop quite a few times, and the last ridge trail to the top was dangerously exciting, A+

hiking
2 months ago

Best panoramic views I’ve seen on Oahu. My knees took a beating but it was a really fun trail with a few exciting rope scrambling spots, beautiful ridge views and sweeping island views.

hiking
2 months ago

Was a great hike! But we did it in a rainy day, the way up was very muddy and slippery! I will come back for sure but sunny day :)

hiking
2 months ago

It was really muddy & full of mosquitoes. Don't worry about getting dirty, muddy, or wet. Have fun!

hiking
2 months ago

Great medium-difficulty ridgeline trail for hikers new to ridgelines. Well maintained and not as dangerous or slippery as many others. Starts off a little muddy on an ATV track (you might see boar hunters) and soon leads to a path along the ridge, with great views the whole way. Easy going until the last half mile when you gain the most elevation, using stairs and rope to scamper straight up. When you get to the radio tower, this isn’t the top!! There’s still about 5 minutes until you reach the true peak (with a bench - thank you to whoever set that up)

Took us a few hours, I recommend heading out before the sun is high and bringing water. Snacks not necessary if you eat a big breakfast. It was cloudy when we went but still got amazing views, became 100% foggy at the highest peak but got lots of good photos/looks before that.

2 months ago

trail is in good shape, the stairs make it a workout but the view is worth it

hiking
2 months ago

Loved this one. Took a lot less time than Kuliouou and I felt that it was easier. Great views at the top, one moderately challenging rope section because a few stairs fell out and it was quite muddy. Recommended!

2 months ago

Looking to do this hike between 2/28 and 3/9.
Anyone else out there interested???

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2 months ago

Extremely muddy but the view was amazing. Be very carefully of slipping. Very steep at parts and mud makes it much harder. Bring shoes that you don’t care about getting destroyed. Views only get better the higher that you go.

hiking
3 months ago

Gorgeous views.

3 months ago

Fun hike with a good view !! Another trail checked off my list !

3 months ago

Very nice trail with a rewarding view at the top, be aware that the heat can be blistering on hot days and the trail/ terrain can be impossible when wet and rainy.

3 months ago

Wiliwilinui was fun. For those saying it's difficult...well...I declare SHENNANIGANS!!! A moderate hike seems fair. Its not an easy paved path like Makapu'u but it's not EXTREMELY vertical. Sure, there are sections of stairs, but those stairs are maintained and if needed, a secure rope is available for added assistance during your climb. We scored the path today under partly cloudy blue skies and gentle trade winds to cool us off. Perfect weather conditions. As with any hike, a little weather research stretches a long ways. Bring water. We crossed paths with a half dozen hikers along the way. The panoramic views at the summit are top notch. The east and south shores are viewable from the summit along with views of Waikiki in the distance. Enjoy.

hiking
3 months ago

This was an awesome hike. Being short was hard on the stairs part because it felt like I did like 90 lunges but the view is awesome. It was muddy because we went the day after it rained but a well worth hike. Good shoes with traction recommended. Getting there was fairly easy! Good hike for people who haven’t hiked anywhere yet but wants a small challenge

hiking
3 months ago

Need to get there early enough before the parking fills up. They only let 30 cars into the parking area. First two thirds of the trail up is pretty easy followed by a ridge trail that takes you up some incredible elevation gain. Mostly stair climbing for the final section, not for the faint of heart. Rain can have the trail muddy and slick. Saw about 25 people total up and back. The top view was obstructed by clouds but it still looked nice.

hiking
3 months ago

1/27/2018-Started around 0800 and encountered 21 groups/solo hikers. The trailhead is located in a community and you’ll need a parking pass from the guard to display on the dash. View from the top was hazy but at least sunny and there are about 14 sets of stairs to get there so your legs will get a bit of a workout. Trail is pretty well shaded until you start hiking the ridge and otherwise really nice to see.

3 months ago

Muddy but awesome views!

hiking
3 months ago

We went on a dry day and didn't have to use the rope. Fairly easy trail for hikers and manageable for all who're not afraid of heights and up for a challenge. Beautiful flowers along the way and incredible view for the last part of the trail.

hiking
4 months ago

This is an easy hike to get great views, you’ll find a few steep areas but the trail is easy to follow and has steps to guide you along. There is one section with rope for those who would want it but it isn’t needed. It took just over an hour to get to the top, unfortunately clouds rolled in and the view was quickly blocked. I’ll definitely be hiking this one again.

4 months ago

Great hike with awesome views at the top. Lots of steps / stairs on this one.

hiking
4 months ago

A lot of stairs and only one major look out point.

4 months ago

My favorite hike on Oahu. I’ve done three peaks, Tom Tom trail, Koko Head and few other difficult hikes and would rate this as my favorite. Make sure you don’t go on a cloudy day or you will not be able to see the north side of Oahu on the summit. Towards the top it’s difficult and requires you to be in good shape and requires a little rope climbing with stairs at the top. Make sure it’s been dry.

4 months ago

Awesome

4 months ago

Loved the views at the top. Small section near top where you may have to use a rope for 5 metres or so. Very easy for anyone moderately coordinated :)

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