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Great trail for dogs. My older Aussie loved it and he doesn't typically like longer trails. We went in at the start of the trail (you can also enter at the bottom of the hill but it's unmarked) and it had a nice gradual incline then a relatively smooth ride for the rest of it. Some ups and downs but nothing terrible. I read previous reviews about it being muddy after a rain (obviously I listened and went the day after a heavy rain) and about 1/3 of the trail was muddy. Still doable and we ran half the trail. I don't like to repeat trails but this is one I'll probably come back to when it's dry. Lots of parking and bathrooms at the entrance. Easy to find via google maps.

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Nice hike I'm Aiea. You can see H3 at the top.

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Great trail with awesome views!!

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Love it

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12 days ago

Simple, easy, and safe, Aiea Loop is more of a walk than a hike. The loop comes out to just over four miles, depending on how closely you stick to the trail. We ventured off on a few side trails briefly just to see where they went, adding a bit of extra length to my recorded track. If you're looking for a trail-running spot, Aiea Loop is perfect!! There are a few sections where you may want to pause your run tracker in order to pick your way through extensive sections of calf-deep mud, ankle-breaker roots, or unsteady rocks, but for the most part the trail is an excellent cross-country style woods run, with rocks and roots to navigate along a broad dirt path shaded by dense tree cover.

This trail is well-suited for fledgling hikers who aren't ready to tackle serious elevation changes yet, or for small children who are just learning to hike safely. It would also be suitable for well-balanced elderly adults (hiking poles recommended in this situation). I have seen many small children, people of all ages, and dogs of all sizes enjoying this trail. In addition to the roots mentioned above, the only other point of danger to watch out for are a few stretches where the trail grows very narrow, maybe about ten inches wide. This should be totally safe for most people, but could be something to watch out for if any member of your party lacks balance or fine coordination. There was only one confusing spot - about three miles in, we came upon a large tee set up to the side of the trail, and a sign on a post that read "Keala Heiau Loop Trail, both directions." We chose the upward fork because we wanted more of a challenge, but had to turn back shortly as we found ourselves going way off the course of Aiea Loop. This seems to be an entrance to a different trail; if you want to stay on Aiea Loop, stick to the downward fork at this section. This was the only section of the trail where we had any doubts at all about which way to go. The views aren't all that exceptional here if you're accustomed to doing Oahu's ridge or waterfall hikes, but it is a beautiful escape into nature with one or two cool overlooks that show the H3 curving through the mountains toward the tunnel. There are some massive trees, lovely flowers, and songbirds to admire as you walk.

Since this trail is a loop, you can begin by heading in either direction and be fine. We generally start with the higher, northwestern entrance and finish with the large set of concrete stairs to the south. Going this way (starting higher) means much of the path will be downhill, while starting with the concrete stairs and lower campground means you'll experience more of a climb. There are also multiple places to park, and you can drive in a loop through the three parking areas until you find a spot. There are multiple bathrooms and picnic tables near the trailhead. As always, it's best not to do this trail right after the rain or it will be considerably more messy and difficult. More mud also equals more mosquitos, so if it has rained lately, bring some bug spray.

Malama aina: pick up any rubbish you see along the trail and be sure to pick up after your pets. Happy hiking and trail running!

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I've been hiking this trail since I was a baby and decided to take my kids for the first time. Went on this trail with my five children ages 9, 7, 7, 4 and my infant who is 5 months. It was a little wet and it rained a little but it just made the hike more fun for them. They completed the hike with little to no bitching. There were a few amazing views and the kids got excited seeing the H-3. We also heard pigs but didn't see any up close. We started our hike at 830 and were out by 1130. We were able to spot the remnants of the plane too.

I love this hike for a few reasons. It is a decent distance, its mostly covered, and I can take my dogs out there. There isn't a lot of people hiking this trail no matter when you go. I haven't been during the rain or right after, but Im sure it gets muddy. There is also a lot of parking.