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doesnt get challenging until the last 3/4 mile or so as it gets very steep..i consider myself a very athletic hiker but there were a couple areas towards the top which were sketchy, just take your time..cloudy overcast this morning with strong winds so i didnt get the full view from the top but still cool..get there early on the weekends, sunday isn’t as bad as they only allow 30 vehicle passes at a time..trying to figure out how they put that big electrical building thats fenced off at the top

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Most stunning views up there. Beautiful hike.
I would recommend to come by car. From the bus stop to the beginning of the trail you have to walk about 30min.

hiking
10 days ago

First time doing this hike, I enjoyed it. I would recommend wearing hiking shoes it got muddy and some areas were a bit slippery. I wouldn’t attempt to hike this one if it’s been raining, there’s plenty of shade from the trees on your way up, but on a sunny day I would recommend sun screen when you get to the summit. It took about an hour and twenty minutes one way. The view was worth it.

hiking
11 days ago

****Do not wear running shoes***
This was a great but tough hike. I think it should be rated is hard not moderate. I did KoKo Head earlier in the week which is rated as hard and I thought this was tougher. Also, if possible hike with someone and avoid running shoes if you can. It can be slippery and dangerous. I did this alone and keep thinking if I fell it could be a while before someone found me. I saw maybe 20 hikers the whole time. I do not think this is kid or dog friendly. It’s just my opinion. Overall, great hike.

Beautiful hike starting with switchbacks and then more up with lots of roots to use as steps. Top view is incredible and worth it. Often socked in so check clouds and weather. Not suitable for little kids. Wish hikers would stay on trails to keep trail from eroding unnecessarily.

hiking
12 days ago

I have done this hike many times. Most times I do the entire 8 miles. We hike the way out and run the way back. Today we just went to the picnic table and found the swing. It’s a nice hike, lots of sun so wear a hat and sunscreen. Bring plenty of water because you will get thirsty in the exposed sun of the switchbacks. It’s an easy/moderate hike that can and is used for trail running.

trail running
17 days ago

Great trail, well marked. The switchbacks making way to the red dirt road offers a great change of pace.

Warning— beware of the large hill from waypoint 3,4. Specifically the area where the trail seems to make an S bend. The hill is deemed “Oh Shit Hill” and appropriately so. I ran down the hill in slick conditions and the hill overtook my body. With no natural bank to slow down, slick conditions, and nothing to grab onto, I plunged head first down the hill, ultimately tearing my rotator cuff.

I have experience trail running, and I was wearing my Salmons, but my experience and equipment provided a false sense of security. This hill is roughly 200m of straight, steep (I estimate 25% grade) slippery elevation change. Be careful walking down, and only run if conditions are dry.

The injury won’t stop me from frequenting the trail. It is one of my favorites and offers a fantastic workout.

Hot and fairly exposed for the bottom half of the trail while following the power line, wear sunscreen. The second half of the trail was all in the clouds, so we didn't get much of a view, but it was still a fun hike. Some parts of the trail are pretty washed out, despite the erosion control. But there are ropes in all the places that you would need them. Crampons were very helpful.

hiking
22 days ago

This is the 3rd time we have done this hike. I am recovering from a few running injuries but was still able to beast up and down this hike. It took us 2 hrs and 6 minutes to get up and down. We did sit and the top talking to some fellow hikers we met along the way as well. The stairs toward the top are eroding pretty badly compared to the last few times we did this hike but they were still manageable. One of the ropes was also cut off and left lying up on the trail... but no ropes are needed on this hike anyways in my opinion. Lots of stairs, a few ridges that were exposed and amazing views the entire time. One of our top 5!

Def feeling it but it was so worth it!! Make sure to use bug spray!

Great hike for dogs. However, please remember to clean up pet waste and take your bag out too. Don't ruin the privilege of dogs for others. Lastly, if you take your pet, I would suggest using a dog harness. If your pup slips, you could severely hurt their necks with a collar.

hiking
24 days ago

Nice hike with a stupefying view. It’s quite beautiful up there. It is muddy and slippery, but several sections have stairs, and there are only one or two scrambles. Round trip in around 3 hours from the trailhead, with 15-20 for viewing at the top. There is a lot of cover, but some sections are exposed so sunscreen is important ( especially at the top).

Good climb, great views.

hiking
1 month ago

Easy hike up to the ridge line. But once you reach the ridge line it is muddy and narrow hiking. Be sure to wear shoes that have good grip and be prepared to get muddy and wet. Started raining once I made it to the top which made it very dangerous and slippery on the way back down. Make sure you are cautious of your footing on be way back down. I found it very slippery and hard to get grip. Very beautiful views on top when the clouds move. Took about 3 hours out and back but I was stopping to take pictures. Would not recommend kids or dogs on the top part of the trail. Requires a rope to climb the steps at the very top.

trail running
1 month ago

Fun hike. Most people stop around the 1.5mile mark where there’s a table and rest area. Make sure to get out of the airfield before they close-otherwise security has to let you out after you go and find them.

trail running
1 month ago

I’ve done this trail a few times and it’s really fun. MAKE SURE YOU GO ON A CLEAR SKIES DAY. If there are low hanging clouds or you go early in the morning you can’t see anything from the top. Trail can be pretty muddy sometimes and if you’re hiking in the dark there are low hanging branches that you can hit your head on.

In the middle of the trail there is a covered picnic table to take a break at.

easy. little walk into the ☁

Very beautiful hike. They did update the gate outside the Pali lookout, but still somewhat easy to sneak through the sides on the gate.

hiking
1 month ago

amazing experience, what a beautiful island, trail was fairly difficult but challenging, had to stop quite a few times, and the last ridge trail to the top was dangerously exciting, A+

Steep trail, definitely not an easy one. But you’re so immersed in how gorgeous it is, that nothing else matters. Slippery when wet. :-)

hiking
1 month ago

Bonne randonnée mais nous nous sommes un peu perdus car les indications dans la trail sont absentes. Nous avons pris un chemin dédié aux 4 roues! Finalement on a marché presque 15 km. En descendant les roches sont glissantes lorsqu'il pleut.

Went to check out the trail April 1st 2018 and the a bug gate is locked with a private property sign out front. Looks like the trail is no longer accessible.

Beautiful views. Good steady climb plenty of shade. Some mud but generally avoidable by rock hopping. Took just over 2 hours total.

on Kealia Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing views and very little traffic. Definitely recommend!

hiking
1 month ago

3/25/2018-Started in the late side at 0820 and came across 29 groups/solo hikers (some had their dogs with them too). Also came across 3 suvs driving on the road so be aware. Definitely a good cardio work out and the trail was a little muddy but not too bad. The view of the Makua Valley was pretty nice but we opted not to hike the whole ridge. Most of the trail is shaded but would recommend sunscreen anyway.

Nice, easy and very quiet hike. Kid friendly. We enjoyed going off the trail down to the little waterfall towards the top of the trail.

hiking
2 months ago

Fun trail, not too difficult for someone who hikes occassionally. I went the day after it rained a lot, so there was a fair amount of mud when I got to the steps at the top so be prepared to step in puddles. View from the top is phenomenal, and it was seriously windy when I got up there. I took some shortcuts through the switchbacks which can get a little confusing, as I got away from the trail a couple of times. Took about two hours total start to finish. There was ample street parking.

3/19/18

They did put up a gate, making it way harder to get passed, unless you’re daring. So disappointing because this was one of my favorites.

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