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

I live here and run this trail weekly. It’s a good, steady climb for running.

Pretty forest trail, saw no other hikers that day

Do this hike clockwise and enter at the crouching lion trailhead!!! Due to the less than moderate traffic, the original trailhead is overgrown and washed out. Besides, the trail intersects with the much better maintained Crouching Lion trail anyways. I would also recommend doing this as an out and back...once you reach the final peak. The back half of this trail has been washed out and needs a great deal of maintenance. Otherwise, this was a fantastic trail with some great climbing sections. 5 stars as an out and back.

This was actually my first hike on Hawaii! Was a bit scary at first but after I was used to the steep ridges it was all good!! really enjoyed this hike with amazing views. The muddy part is a bit annoying but part of the job!

2 months ago

Easy hike at 2.5 miles. My friend's 4 year old walked it. It has a couple of small streams and waterfalls, and through-the-trees views of the ocean.

Great views of the mountains. Little muddy so if it’s raining it’s probably not a good choice

As a hiker just starting out this hike was perfect..4km..a mix of tropical environment and then areas blanketed in pine...and stunning views!

3 months ago

Easy hike, great for the kids.

Amazing views! Definitely easy to get off course. Meant to only do the crouching Lion Hike, but managed to find ourselves on this harder, longer journey... We entered through the entrance by the concrete bench and mistook the trail for heading left up the mountain... the fallen tree in front of the real crouching Lion Hike is what threw us off in my opinion. Hard to use all trails with muddy hands, do yourself a favor and go when it’s drier, the mud made the way down extremely challenging!

4 months ago

1st - parking is in a residential area, so be respectful. A local resident advised where to park...by the bridge. The hike starts out on a paved access road then you'll see the brown trail marker along the right, actually two. Once on the trail, the tree cover is quite nice and there are lots of birds to see and hear. It does have steady inclines and declines so be prepared. Also, there's a sign marking go left for hiking in and right for those hiking out.

Great hike with the family.

This hike had some great views of the mountainous areas and there were some mini waterfalls! It was quite muddy but nothing too treacherous! I would recommend parking in the neighborhood near the trailhead rather than at the Hau'ula beach park.

I did this trail from the back on December 21, 2017 without food or water and in shorts from 1:30p to 7:30p, the last hour or so in the dark. It was tough.

My legs and hands are flayed. The middle half is very rough without protective gear. The better you're covered, the better off you'll be. Wear boots. A good portion of the trail is like trudging through peanut butter.

Unless you, too, are a masochist, I'd recommend going from the front (crouching lion side) and deciding whether you're prepared for the brush when you hit it.

The turnover is a sharp hook in thick brush. It's easy to miss.

6 months ago

Very muddy in the beginning but then it's amazing how you go from rainforest to Christmas tress to an ocean view!

A fun short hike for me and my pup- nothing too treacherous. Pretty views of the east.

pretty sure this trail is longer than 2.5 miles. Beautiful variety of flora and foreat types, no one else there except our family. fantasy like forests and great views along the ridge

Me and my husband hiked this trail on 22.10.17. It was no wind and shiny. Meaning bring 3l water per person. We use to hike longer trails, but this is jungle. 1/3 beautiful views with sharp ridges. 2/3 getting throught dense MUDDY jungle. Trail progress is very slow and exhausting. We give 5 stars, because we had enought water, snacks, and excitement.
Do not recommend in windy and rainy weather. Enjoy :)

Harder than you expect. The first mile is pretty fun if you’re adventurous. Then it’s heavy shrubbage and jungle. Not too fun to get through.

Most of all, don’t treat this like a 3.7mi hike. I’m currently laying down on the trail 8hrs in. I puked. My wife puked. We underestimated the trail and didn’t bring enough water so I hiked down, got more water, and hiked it back up. I’m about .3mi from the end now. I may be biased because I feel like death and underestimated this trail, but I give it three stars for an oahu hike. Oahu has epic hikes so rating it’s hikes is like rating a castle. They are all Grand and awesome and epic. This one just kicks your ass too and personally I only enjoyed the first mile, unless you’re in the mood for a jungly tough hike. The first mile was almost my favorite on oahu though, so check it out and turn back at the foresty part. Maybe a 5 rating on mainland. Three on oahu standards.

Though we didn’t finish this hike, we loved it! Passed crouching lion where most people stop and headed up to the ridge line. So pretty and very windy yesterday. Theres climbing involved and it gets very steep. We got rained on a bit and about 20 people we coming down on the way up. You need all day to do the loop. Bring water and snacks! Be prepared for wind, rain, and mud. And don’t forget your gopro! We had to pick up our daughter and ran out of time, but can’t wait to try it again!

7 months ago

So so lovely. Every turn took our breath away. Hiked May 24, 2017

Don't let the modest 3.7 miles and 2100ft elevation gain deceive you. This is a very challenging trail. For reference, I hike both Olomana (to 3rd peak and back) and Ka'au Crater in about 4:15. This hike took me and two friends 7hrs. To be fair, if conditions were a little better, I think I could have done it in 5:30-6hr. Still. The ascent beyond the crouching lion hike super fun, yet dizzying and treacherous at times. It's no wonder lives have been lost here. Don't get in over your head. Once you really get up there, you may not wanna go back. The infamous barbed Uluhe fern grows to shoulder length and higher, they nearly shredded my shins raw. The foliage was so thick on each side that it was difficult to see the ground (whether it's mud, rock, slippery roots, or no ground at all!) much less squeeze thru.

Recommendations: trailrunners, tho I wore my hiking sandals which worked great for my tough feet, the muddiness was the hard part for me. Minimum 3L water, and some energy packed snacks. Map/GPS/AllTrails duh. It's a pretty straight forward trail, BUT, if you were to go left instead of right you might end up on Kahekili ridge which I've heard is way gnarly. The junction for the turnover trail was very faint. I only barely recognized it and probably would have gone passed if I had not stopped to check the track. PROTECTIVE CLOTHING: there are some (like me) who won't listen. For you stubborn kindred spirits, have fun with that lol. It's a trade off, be hot, or get your arms and legs scraped up to hell by the uluhe. There's no avoided it up there, and it goes on a while!

Overall a great challenge that I look forward to doing again sometime once I forget how much I suffered in some parts. But note to self: bring the runners for the way down.

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8 months ago

this is two of ours run it start and fire Road than a witness to the left me alone offense to a single Trail and then it's a very nice single trail hiking slash running if you can if you feel comfortable running then its fun muddy and a lot of leaves so when you run just you know security foot kind of Lake know where you're putting your foot its very nice you have to cross to creeks the first one when you cross the trail is on the right side the second one its kind of of yours is it's fun and safe not for kids but they can do it if they there parents train them

8 months ago

FYI if you take the left turn at the fork you get a bit more of a workout going up the mountain at a steeper incline.

beautiful trail, fork to the left at the fork and you go to the top of the mountain, steep but very fun!

8 months ago

Great hike! Did with both my children 2 and 9 months in baby carriers along with our dog! Great view as well! Perfect for beginners!

little difficult to find.
go past the yellow rail at the end of the street. theres a lot of private property so be sure to not trespass. stay on the paved road until you see a beat up metal mailbox on the right hand side. take a right there. the first half mile of the trail leads to the loop. loop can be taken left or right, left is steeper though.
definitely bring bug spray

8 months ago

It's definitely an easy hike. It's so easy that my husband and I decided to listen to a resident's advice and went on a side trail when we came down for a better view. (Definitely not recommended if you don't have any equipments to mark your path.) The side trail is a lot tinier than the main trail. Minor cuts and insects bites are expected since you are basically go through trees on a small path. There were orange marks and ropes tied to the trees to assist the hikers. At the end of the side trail, the hill gets so steep and you had to hold on trees to climb up. Anyway, I don't think we were on the top since we didn't see a better view, but we were lost as we couldn't find the tree that we used to come up(duh). So we were lost in the woods for 30 minutes finding the path to get back on the side or main trail. I was about to call 911. But my dear husband thought we could make it. So we basically rolled down trees to trees and eventually rolled onto the main trail. Mahalo.

Good hike, very secluded and lightly used trail. Just keep in mind as soon as you hit the trail head you will be out of service until complete.

There's three parts to this trail when doing the full loop making it a tough hike to judge, let me explain. Ascending on the east side of the trail ( connecting to Crouching Lion- a very nice pitstop on the way) easily gets an 11/10- breathtaking views, tough obstacles and a few thrills for those whom seek it. Then there's the second part, it's all overgrown, muddy and full of trips. If your smarter than me and read the comments like I'm making now.. wear long pants, long sleeves, and bring plenty of water- also pay attention to your map when near the turn to home stretch as another trail branches off at the peak. During my hike I would have said it's completely useless to even do the full loop, until I came to the decent (west side). For those of you that like a little thrill and speed you can Tarzan style down hundreds of feet in minutes, if your not up for that, it's real easy to take it easy-seeing as the worst part is already behind you by now. The best sights by far are on the ascension with a few good ones throughout the rest. Definitely recommend, take care and watch your footing!!!!!

It's a gorgeous hike with amazing views! If you do the long hike and loop trail, bring water, snacks, wear long pants and gloves helped a lot too! It's a super workout too! I'd start early in the morning to do this one. It rained on us and so be prepared because it started off sunny. I'd bring extra dry socks too if I had known. I think this is my favorite hike so far! It's not easy so make sure you're ready to get sweaty and dirty.

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