Explore the most popular hiking 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.

hiking
4 hours ago

I’ve done a good number of hikes in my life and this was really up there! Beautiful grand vistas, changing scenery, a good length, and a very satisfying ending!

Beautiful and easy trail!

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muddy
washed out
5 hours ago

Lots of reviews mention that this trail is muddy but I don’t think I was prepared for exactly how muddy it turned out to be. We went the day after some rain and the trail was shoe-sucking muddy from the very beginning until the end. You WILL be caked in it by the time you finish. We had planned to take the loop back to the beginning after the 3rd waterfall but missed it somehow as it was raining and there was very little visibility with the fog/vog. We ended up doing the crater ascent in this and it was pretty unnerving. Everything was incredibly slippery/ impossible to avoid sliding and there was one part in particular that I needed a boost from a military dude behind us to get up because there was literally nothing to grab onto but slick clay. Considering we had no view because of the fog it probably wasn’t worth the ascent but it was too treacherous to turn back. The slow pace caused about 5-9 of us to end up doing it in a group which made everyone feel a lot safer and we had a great time. Overall, didn’t need to do the summit but it definitely made for a very challenging and memorable hike. Planned to take about 4-5 hours with short loop back but it ended up taking us almost 7 with the slow pace. Our watches showed about 7 miles instead of the 5 listed here but with the elevation change it sure felt like more than that.

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muddy
8 hours ago

Between moderate and hard, it’s a reverse trail so way back is uphill. There are some challenging points but I actually had more trouble on the decline with the mud than on the way up. Boots or hiking shoes are a must.

Views are spectacular of the na’apali coast line.

Got there at 8:30 and was done by 12:30 pm.

To hike all the way to the farthest lookout you go through a grassy tree portion of the peak which is the only portion where the trail wasn’t completely clear. 5 stars! Have fun :)

Most unique lookout in big island. You arrive at a bench where you can sit out and admire at the beauty before your eyes

I enjoyed this hike but it really kicked my ass! I’m out of shape and my husband (who has done this before) pushed me, he got told off several times LOL, but once I made it to the top I could see why!! The trail starts off relatively easy but the higher up I got the steeper it got too. The trail is paved for the most part and you have good views from the top.

This trail is about 1.9 miles each way. Much of it is exposed with lava rock on either side, so bring plenty of water, especially for the hike back out. The snorkeling in Kealakekua Bay was fantastic. Lots of fish, and we saw three five-foot reef sharks. It can be tricky getting into and out of the water — remember not to stand on the coral reefs.
In addition to the snorkeling, we saw what I think was a mongoose, some goats, and a wild pig.
It took us about 40 minutes to go down and about and hour to come back up with frequent rest stops. Highly recommend this as a way to combine snorkeling with hiking.

This is trail information from/to the second waterfall (passing the first waterfall). There are as many as 10 waterfalls I read but we were just interested in the second waterfall. Super muddy. Trail is hard to follow as the markers change colors but we used pink in the beginning and green towards the waterfalls (descending the mountainside). The waterfall was trickling as the weather has been kinda dry this weekend. Slippery and muddy in some areas but definitely a hike for most peoples and some four legged friends. Be careful crossing the freeway!

hiking
bugs
muddy
11 hours ago

My family absolutely enjoyed this trail. We followed others directions by staying left at each split and made it to the ruins quickly. It was beautiful to see such history. We then made our way back to the main trail near the entrance and kept right at the first split to make it to the waterfalls. When we hit the big banyan tree, we almost turned back due to not knowing which way to go. The trail continues to the left of the concrete and there is a big pipe to cross over. It was very muddy, but we were very careful. We seen the two waterfalls and they were flowing nicely!

Great and easy trail up to a great view point! Ideally, you go early in the day before the clouds to Mauna Lona move in and cover views and sun! Fun to meet the locals: cattle, goats and sheep...

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muddy
rocky
scramble
12 hours ago

If there was an extra hard, it would be this Hike. Come ready to rock climb, because there’s a ton. Totally worth it! The view is amazing and the hike is challenging.

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 tomorrow on Monday, other weekdays this week and this upcoming weekend as well. 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.

Aloha! I typically hike up 1-3 times a week and have been doing so for almost 3 years now. Went up 7 of the last 13 days. I will be going again tomorrow on Monday, other days this week, and this upcoming weekend too. I have hiked most of the hikes on this island many many times! It is often windy and/or rainy but we never have issues as we always have the right gear (microspikes and gloves) which is 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

hiking
over grown
12 hours ago

One of best hikes on island. Very well marked. Elevation gain is real. The ropes help but definitely underestimated at first.

hiking
12 hours 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.....

absolutely stunning views of oahu at the top. wear a hat. bring water. the sun is hot and unrelenting. the pathway is paved for a little and then becomes uneven rock. i definitely would recommend it to anyone. my handicapped dad didn’t go to the summit but was able to walk up to about 700ft elevation.

hiking
15 hours ago

My husband, dog, and I really enjoyed this trail. Parked by the theater and walked through the pet cemetery (not along the road). We went counterclockwise, so the steep part was out of the way at the beginning. The views were good, and we were the only ones on the trail. The beehives were easily avoidable except for one, and we just patiently waited for them to do their thing. We enjoyed this one more than Aiea and Pupukea.

What you should know:
Trail starts at the very worn path next to, or maybe on, private property.
Narrow trail along a cliff.
Unofficial nude beach at the end.

If you're accepting of those 3 things then you are in for a real treat. The water against the red beach and vibrant jungle is stunning. Protected little cove with no waves.

We brought our 5 year old with us. Held his hand the whole time. The end was a little sketchy but the beach was in sight, so we slowed down for that 50 foot section. He thought the beach was so cool and was excited to jump in the water. He could've cared less about the nude guy and topless girl.

Shoes or boots encouraged for this. You're going down a steep worn dirt path with some rocks along the way. Jagged rocks, not really the kind you want to hold for support or brush against. Must get to the bottom though, it is otherworldly. The rock formations are so cool, massive lava field that looks like it could be the scene of a sci-fi movie. Oh, and there is a blowhole!

Really short hike but good shoes required as you're walking on potentially wet lava rocks. A fall is gonna hurt.
Pretty amazing to see mother nature in action, can't find rock formations like that many other places.

It's uphill, but paved so seems more trail than hike to me. Regardless, beautiful views from the top.
Hiking down the "secret" trail to the tide pools definitely increased both the challenge and the adventure.

hiking
15 hours ago

Closed!

on Mount Kaala Trail

hiking
15 hours ago

The last few rope sections were muddy and somewhat sketchy. Otherwise, a very fun hike.

Bring bug spray.

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closed
16 hours ago

This was one of those trails where you think you’re gonna be done 800 times but it’s never ending. It’s super slippery. Lot of rope climbing. My watch recorded that it was over 5.2 miles. This hike took a total of 8.5 hours (there and back). So bring a lot of water and leave early. P.S there are wild boars within the first 2.5 miles of the trail. Be careful. Stairs are amazing but honestly if I ever go again it’ll be illegally cause that hike is not worth it!

hiking
scramble
17 hours ago

One of my all time favourite hikes. From jungle to clay slopes and steep rocky scrambles, this trail has it all. Amazing views to be well deserved after a challenging climb.

hiking
18 hours ago

Don’t miss out on the Falls of Makahiku. There’s a closed trail sign and a fence to slip though but the view is lovely. Despite two days of rain, the trail was barely muddy. Excellent hike.

Many homeless, although I had no issues with my kids.

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