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Loved this quick little shaded trail! Perfect for the dogs, just a little bit of mud. Really make sure you go clockwise to get the best view. Took us about 2 hours to complete.

I'd also park at the beach and walk up. The parking isn't designated and you don't want to park in someone's yard or something on accident.

16 hours ago

A nice, easy trail. I recommend bug spray.

1 day ago

This was a fun day. We was distracted by the Beautiful graffiti on the right side of the pave road and our conversation. So while looking at the All Trails map redline for the trail head based on our GPS location and looking at the artwork on the route we missed the actual trail entrance by a lot. Where the map indicated us to go into the trail was actually just leading us into the wood line. It looked like many people had been through there before based off the amount of crushed vegetation on the floor. I was stung by a bunch of mosquitoes and ended up turning around once we realized that we were getting too deep into the vegetation with no trail in sight. We proceeded back up towards the road and took a different path and realize that we were still nowhere near the trail head. So we actually got out of the vegetation and got back on the concrete road and started walking back down towards the entrance looking for a different path along the side of the road that could’ve possibly been the Trailhead. We found a couple more paths that also lead nowhere near where the Trailhead was. We went back to the paved road and continued back down towards the entrance at this point determined that we would find the trailhead. We came around a curve in the road and that is when we finally saw the official sign that marked the entrance to the Trail.

Once we actually got on the trail it was definitely a great trail to be on. You get to a intersection where you have the choice to go clockwise or counterclockwise on the trail. You do cross streams on this trail and you do hear water running on the right and the left side of you. There is also a split on the trail taking you higher in elevation while heading counter clockwise that we didn’t attempt to explore and so we chose to go left keeping us moving along the trail. There is also a couple places on the trail where you will have to walk almost on the ground crawling or like really low to the ground squatting because of the low vegetation growing across the path. We also encountered towards the end a huge rock face that we attempted to pull ourselves up On and look at the ledge to see if we can climb up on it. But we wasn’t really prepared for that physically or literally, lol!

There is not a lot of views as others have said along this trail. Your best view is right in the beginning where you have the option to go left or right to complete the trail. There are portions of the trail where the path is a little bit steep and slick in the beginning leading to the loop. So recommend caution going up if you’re not skilled or in the best of shape or in the right shoes to avoid any injuries from slipping. Just below the split of the trail there is a picnic table. There is also a short secondary path that leads up to the split on the trail or down towards the picnic table as you complete the loop. The only person we saw on the trail was a man and his dog. There was not a lot of people that were trafficking in that area from the time we signed in and the time we signed out. All in all we enjoyed our hike. The day was so frustrating from the start that I forgot to even save my recording and write a review of my adventure. So I ended up saving it as private because I went on another hike 2 days later and started recording as if I was continuing a pause from this trail.....

A good distance and elevation gain to be considered a hike instead of a walk, but with good shade and relatively well marked trails. It is mostly well maintained, although trees have fallen over in a few places and it's washed out in a few more. Nothing major. Bring bug spray, be respectful when you park since it'll be in front of someone's house most likely, and don't expect crazy views. You'll mostly be in the forest.

Great hike! A little muddy in certain spots but good steady incline and loop.

Remember bug spray or cover your skin.

The views are really nice but the hike is so dangerous and difficult!

Scariest hike I’ve ever done. Would not recommend to anyone with a fear of heights/edges/falling. Trail is very narrow at points with sheer drop offs on either side. Climbing was required in some parts, mud was slippery and there were not solid holds. Some ropes in spots, prefer not to use them but they were necessary. It quickly became evident that dying was a real possibility on his hike. Do not attempt without serious consideration and an honest assessment of your own skill level.

However, views are amazing, wildlife was unique. Saw many red tailed tropic birds at the top!

We went on a Tuesday morning in December and only encountered two other groups right at the end of the hike. It has been pretty dry for the past week so there wasn’t really a waterfall but the nice part of that was that there were only a few muddy spots. The reason to go clockwise is that the best views will be in front of you.

Very muddy at the start. When you reach the eroded treeless hill, stay on the uphill side. Even though it will look like no trail passes there, trust that it does. Pretty steady elevation gain with brief flattening out about 3/4 the way to the summit. At the ridge line, go left to the trail end. Kahana bay is a great place to wash off the mud afterwards.

Very very dangerous, but with amazing views. I probably wouldn't do this hike again because I was scared to death for the majority of it - there was really no room for error on this one.

Great “trail”. You won’t see a soul once you break off from the traditional loop trail. The remainder of the hike is essentially a pig trail. Densely overgrown for most of the way after the first mile of the hike. Look for the trail markers on the trees but basically you are on the ridge most of the time. Some ropes left there by a kind soul to help you out of the steep areas. We went in November 2018 and it was muddy so that presented an extra challenge. Averaged a mile per hour as once you get to the top it’s slow going so you don’t fall and die. Not a “hey, we’re in Hawaii let’s go on a hike” type of hike. Stick to the loop that takes off from the same place for something of that nature.

A little muddy, but ok. Beautiful foliage and loved that we did not see another person the entire hike.

2 months ago

Humid and muddy, excellent views , we did see a waterfall. Took us approximately. 2 hours. I am currently out of shape and would rate it challenging for me. The experienced hiker of the group rates it as moderate due to the slippery mud factor after the recent rains. Very lightly trafficked. We went on a Sunday and saw only 2 other hikers. I agree with other posters, park at the beach down the street.

Overall a great trail. Two of us and our two dogs completed it. A couple of updates from some of the other comments.

Definitely park at the beach park. No real room to park at the entrance without trashing someone’s lawn. Plus it gives you a place to rinse off afterwards.

Definitely bring bug spray

Definitely hike the loop in a clockwise manner

There were no trees blocking the trail.

It was muddy but we just had some pretty big rain storms the past week. Wear shoes with a good grip and you don’t mind getting dirty

The “water fall” is only about 6-8 feet tall and you are actually higher than it as you walk by.

worth it

3 months ago

I did this with my husband and three year old. My son loved exploring the forest with all of the beautiful plants and animals. Being so young, he did get carried by the end of the hike, but before he ran out of steam, he was easily able to make the hike. It was difficult to find parking that did not impede on private property, but once we got on the trail it was worth the effort.

Beautiful yet dangerous as hell hike.

Well its a marsh what do you expect? Also look up other hikes in within this area ( Kahana valley) like Puu Ohulehule, Kahekili-Manamana, Kahana Ditch Man Trail, Pauao Ridge, Puu Piei etc. They are all very challenging trails.

Did a portion of this trail in 2 different spots, near K-hwy and in conjunction with/above crouching lion (CL). Certainly see the weight in the prior reviews as well as the news story, some dangerous spots to trek if committed. After only completing small sections, recommend only the CL portion for the experienced hiker.

So far one of my favourite hikings in the island. But it is very dangerous and sketchy bc you will be climbing rocks and walking on the Ridgeline for 5-6 hours!
There are some landfall along the trail, but as long as you take your time you will be safe. Definitely not for inexperienced hikers!! Wear long pants bc the overgrown vegetation will scratch you a lot. Bring a lot of water and snacks!!
The hiking starts at the end of Huamalani St.
park at Swanzy Beach park to not disturb the neighbors. At the first junction of the trail, take the left . The first part is pretty easy, just going up the hill. You will soon find a pill Box after 10 min.
Once you get to the top of the first ridge you will have - beautiful view, from Waimanalo to north shore.
Keep going further you will get to the top of a waterfall (be careful, bc the rocks are very slippery) .
After the waterfall the hiking gets kind of boring. You will be just waking in the ridge with an overgrown vegetation. You have to pay attention to not miss the trail on the right that will lead you to crouching lion .
If you keep going straight you will ended up in a different trail (longer).

The most dangerous part is as you approach the crouching lion. Climbing rocks , walking on a very narrow Ridgeline with no vegetation on the sides, lots of tiny rocks that makes the path slippery. Definitely do not go in a windy or rainy day.

I have a kid carrier with a kid that cant yet walk (8mo). On the third set if fallen trees i had to turn back as just challenging and didnt know how many more fallen trees there were.

Imagine would be fun if your kids can walk tho.

According to my GPS it was 3 miles from the base. Do this hike clockwise. Quite a few trees have fallen across the first section of the trail, which make a kid carrier a little tricky. No water fall, just a stream crossing. It does have some decent views. Kid friendly.

Not an easy hike. Not especially tiring or anything but you have to watch every step due to muddy trail and the stream crossings are no joke. Be prepared to cross a “stream” 50 feet wide and deep enough that your feet/shoes will be underwater. In the counterclockwise direction, our progress was blocked by a large tree and plant with sharp leaves in the middle of the trail. Trail is through a dense jungle and you can’t just “go around.” Did I mention it’s extremely muddy? Also we went in the dry season after it had not rained for several days.
Like others have said, park at the entrance to the residential area and hike to the beginning of the trail.

Great starting trail! Perfect for people new to the island.

on Hauula Loop Trail

5 months ago

I love it, what's not to love hiking in Hawaii, country side.

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5 months ago

Despite the lack of waterfalls today, this was a great family hike. We carried one kid the whole way, while our three year old alternated walking/riding. Bring bug spray and wear shoes with good grip as the trail is muddy even during the driest periods.

Like so many pointed out in their reviews it is critical to understand that it can be deceiving looking at the entire loop, 3.7 miles, as not a biggy but the reality is that it its not really a trail. 3/4 of the loop is overgrown, muddy, you will have to constantly watch your step. Its and ankle and knee twister all the way. That's why most people recommend to do the crouching lion section and then turn around again. The ridge part is beautiful, fun and super rewarding, the rest of the loop will provided you with very little views and lots of pain.
So, we did the entire loop in about 7 hours, 5 of which are a pretty painful experience. And on top of it we ran out of water. So here is a punch list if you feel like doing the entire loop:
1 Shoes with solid traction
2 Long pants
3 Long sleeve shirt ( you will for 2 hours move brush out of your face)
4 Gloves - a lot of brush is between 4-6 feet high that you have to move with your hands, when coming down the last part of the loop you will have to move on all fours sometimes.
5 2 quarts of water and electrolites per person.
6 Hold on to your hat, string it to the backpack. It gets really brisky in the ridge and you dont want to loose your footing for grabbing after your hat.
Good luck.

Really muddy going up... there was no waterfall. (A little disappointed) the views were okay, it was an okay hike.

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