Explore the most popular birding trails in Hawaii with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Upward incline the entire time with some Lookout spots along the way. Some off-paved paths that looked interesting but I wasn't that brave... One wrong foot and you could slip right down the cliffs. Not much to see along the way except cacti and scary spiders in the brush. Once you reach the lookouts to the ocean it's beautiful. Deep blue and you might catch a glimpse of a whale. We saw a little baby one playing in the distance. At one of the whale watch spots there's a steep Rocky trail down to the tide pools. Wanted to do it but it was really windy and we were already pooped as it was our second hike of the day. Heard they are a must see though. Saw tiny people down there floating in them.

walking
muddy
rocky
5 hours ago

a bit muddy and plumeria not really blooming but the cacti are very interesting. overall nice 2 mile loop

Aloha! I typically hike up 1-3 times a week for almost 3 years now. Went up 7 times in the last 13 days. I will be going again this weekend Saturday and Sunday. I have probably done this particular hike more than anyone else on island. (over 100+ times) It is often windy and/or rainy but we never have issues as we always have the right gear (including microspikes and gloves) which are supplied by me when we go. If you're looking to hike and want to link up or get some ideas of what this trail looks like feel free to reach out to me on my Instagram @mike.karas or mikekarasphotography@gmail.com. Bring plenty of water for this hike and other hikes out here in Hawaii.

The views from the top of sleeping giant are fantastic. This route is very muddy & closed in!

The hike was 7.08 miles (according to my Fitbit). It was a steady incline in the beginning, definitely got our heart rate up quickly. The last mile or so to reach the bench where you can view the cone felt like a complete vertical incline, which was amazing! I can see why people say it was boring, it’s mostly grassy hills, with some animals around, but we found it enjoyable. People hiked to take pictures of the scenery, but it was a wide enough trail for people to hike on. It was enjoyable, just make sure to pack enough water and wear sunblock!

hiking
8 hours ago

This trail is a must do. So easy to follow the paths and incredible scenery! If we are lucky enough to come back to Maui again we will definitely be doing this again. Can't say enough good things about it!

hiking
muddy
scramble
9 hours ago

steep stairs at the end, quite slippery roots when wet, best when dry conditions. spectacular view from the top! definitely don't bring dogs or young kids

on Kuliouou Ridge Trail

hiking
12 hours ago

Pretty ridge hike with amazing vegetation changes. The trail is marked in places where the footpath is unclear by ties on trees or paint. The trail is easy-moderate until you pass the grove of pines and picnic tables. Avoid this hike if it rained-- descending some parts would be dangerous and undoable if slick with mud. Otherwise, this is a safe hike with no treacherous points.

The best part of the hike is the last leg, where the green vegetation, blue sky, and red dirt take on high contrast, psychedelic colors. You'll catch views before and behind you once you reach the top. We completed this hike in about 2.5-3 hours. No crowd on weekdays. Overall a beautiful and rewarding hike.

Wasn’t marked very well. The all trails map saved us!!

Very muddy! Lovely variety of trees and plants along the way. Great views from many spots.

hiking
muddy
washed out
23 hours ago

I can see where this trail would be spectacular when it has been dry. As it rained today the hike down was challenging and very, very muddy. The views are amazing but I would recommend this hike when it is not raining as the trail is very eroded.

hiking
muddy
23 hours ago

Nice trail

Heya! I'm looking to do this hike on Feb 19th or 20th. If anyone is interested in joining or already planning the trek, let me know! Canadian on vacation looking to get some pre-frisbee tourney adventure in! Reach me at aaron_zucker@hotmail.com or @aaron.zuck

By far the best hike I have done so far in Hawaii!!! I will not discourage anyone from doing this hike but please know that there will be some climbing to get to the top of the peaks. I only did two but next time I come back I will finish the trail. It is challenging but worth every step you take.

hiking
muddy
over grown
1 day ago

Got rained out just before the peak. It was very overgrown at parts with tons of ferns. Pretty standard ridge trail, just longer than average.

Great trail! Good workout with super Mountain View’s!

I've been going every weekend. it's been pretty clear up top the last few times I went. I have done this hike many times. If you want to avoid getting fined/arrested I will be going up this weekend this legal backway. I have some clean up to do up there. In my opinion going up the stairs all the way gets boring, the backway is more of an adventure and there are better views. It can get pretty muddy and windy. Crampons(spikes) recommended, I do have some spare spikes.
If interested send me a message on instagram @angelo_q or email me at chicolo@hotmail.com for details. Make sure to bring plenty of water and food

hiking
muddy
rocky
scramble
1 day ago

Super fun, super beautiful hike. I had wanted to do this for years, ever since I was a little kid riding over the Pali. It did not disappoint and I’ve gone back several times. Avoid if too wet because it can get muddy and people have been seriously injured. But otherwise it’s a fun few hours. The views from the peaks are fantastic and (most) of the tricker parts have ropes to help.

hiking
muddy
1 day ago

A great hike to take people on because it’s not too challenging as to be overwhelming but it’s also not boring. You really get to see the layers of the mountain from down by the stream up to the strawberry guava and ironwood and then native koa and ohia. You’re rewarded with a good view of the windward side and it’s possible to walk along the ridge and explore some.

hiking
1 day ago

Brief trail, great views. The first time I went I accidentally missed the puka (walked right over it—when you reach the tall rock face you need to u-turn left and head down to the next level to see it) and went up to the next peak instead. If you are comfortable with ropes and heights that’s not a bad add on to this trail.

hiking
1 day ago

I had been putting this trail off because I thought it would be just the same as Kuliouou and Wiliwilinui, just shorter. I actually might like it the best out of the three—really great views all the way in and not too crowded or muddy (although there was still some mud). I like that you start up near the ridge already, so there’s not as much dealing with bugs and rainforest humidity, but you do need state ID to access (gated community).

hiking
over grown
private property
1 day ago

The entrance to this trail is at the end of Hahaione Street, next to the private property/no trespassing signage. The trail goes past several campsites and can be difficult to see at times (usually heads left). Maybe 3/4 in, someone painted arrows on a tree. We went to the right (gaining ground) and ended up on the ridge. It’s not a bad view but if you walk along the ridge to the left towards Kuliouou, it’s a little nicer imho. Lots of ferns and tall grass over the trail at parts.

Great hike and beautiful ferns and wild flowers!

Be aware of falling rocks!

hiking
off trail
private property
1 day ago

The beach was great however the trail map goes through a private property I couldn’t access. It’s easy enough to go around. Be weary of doing this in flat soles or sandals. The ground is very smooth and next to a cliff for much of the path.

hiking
muddy
2 days ago

Short trail with an easy to follow path and lots of shade. Not a whole lot to see, although many of the trees were labeled. There’s a nice view of Kaneohe Bay at the lookout. It’s really more of a nature walk than a hike and the signs warning about ticketing if you park at all on the paved road made me nervous.

very difficult but a good workout

We lucked out with dry ground! It hadn’t rained for at least 4 days......maybe longer. That made for an easy day. The falls were gorgeous. Well worth the time. Follow the upper trail rather than the river to get to the second falls! Beautiful the whole way. Loved all of the plants too!

This was an easy trail. Got there about noon so it had less traffic. I can see if there was recent rains it could be a tougher trail. It seemed challenging for people who aren’t out walking nice inclines often though. Great for families. The views were spectacular! Especially past the picnic area. I’m a plant person and a fan of the forest so I loved every minute of the larger plants past that point! I highly recommend this trail. In and out took about 2.5 hours. That includes tons of plant ID time and pics.

Aloha, planning to hike this trail after Eminem concert next month. Shooting for February 16 or 17. Looking for experience hiking buddies to do it with us. Beer and dinner on me after! DM me on my IG @ mytravellovebug

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