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

hiking
15 hours ago

Boy... not sure where to begin with this hike. I should start out by saying we did this hike at 04:30 to make it to the top by blue hour. The path is extremely slick and steep in some areas. You NEED to pay attention to where you step and what you hold onto. The ropes are a godsend but make sure they’re sturdy before using them. The area behind the puka is incredibly dangerous as it’s very, very narrow and slick. However, the views are more than worth it. Watching the sky turn golden from the puka was great but the real views were on the ridge walking back. Definitely worth it.

hiking
2 days ago

Headed up on a rainy day expecting mud and trail to be a little slippery.

Definitely should not be rated as "hard.". Paddle out against the trade wind and current. Ride in is easy as you are going in same direction as trade and current. Have fun

Probably the best hike in Oahu in terms of difficulty, beautiful scenery, semi-challenging rock climbing sections, and then the viewpoint from the first peak. We made it to the second peak, but decided not to go all the way to the third peak due to the sketchiness of the ropes on the backside of the second peak. Nonetheless, it was simply beautiful from the top! Highly recommended! Hope the weather is in your favor!

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rock climbing
15 days ago

did this home on a very windy day. very fun and awesome views. a little slick but I think as long as you've done a few hikes before you won't have any trouble

hiking
15 days ago

Be careful! All Trails does not lead to the correct trailhead. I ended up on the Notches trail and it was intense and dangerous due to wind and slippery slopes.

You will know you’re at Pali Puka trail if you see the “Trail Closed” sign. Facing the Pali lookout, the trail is to the left NOT RIGHT. It was a great hike, definitely recommend.

I would not attempt notches trail in wind, rain, or alone.

hiking
18 days ago

After completing stair way to heaven last week, everyone has been telling me this is next. So I will crush it this weekend. Who’s coming or doing it this weekend?? IG: @hgonzo7

hiking
18 days ago

Awesome, difficult hike. I’m glad this one’s fully legal unlike most of the good ones

hiking
19 days ago

Loved this hike! Reccomend a high fitness level and not being afraid of heights and some intense rock scrambles if attempting all 3 peaks. Allow for Approx 3 hrs return if moving fast.
PARKING-
Be aware I recieved a $35 ticket for parking just outside the golf complex with everyone else.

hiking
20 days ago

This is a fantastic hike! The trail generally ends where the lookout "hole" is. For more experienced hikers/climbers, keep going. When you're standing at the lookout, behind you there is a trail that goes into the woods and leads to a muddy climb with ropes to the top of the mountain. You can explore a little further even. The entire ridge is able to be hiked, so you could continue on to Lanihuli (completely different peak). If you do plan on doing that start early and again, its only for experienced hikers.

21 days ago

Bring lots of water and food. Go on a clear day.

hiking
26 days ago

Will preface this LONG post by saying: I am an average person. I am in decent shape, but I have certainly been in better shape. I don’t rock climb. I was raised in the Midwest and live out in the flats still, but love to hike when on vacation. I am by no means an expert hiker, my balance could use some work along with my lower body strength.

The hike to the first peak is one of the most gorgeous hikes on Oahu (I have done about 7-8 others on the island). I was fortunate to have good weather. The initial portion is a steady climb up some clay footing which would’ve been a mud party in the rain. Once it starts to get consistently rocky, you’ve hit approximately halfway. I didn’t feel the rope portions were too bad going up - I only used about half of them. Always be careful, but I felt the ropes were of fine quality. It does become more steep as you ascend. The infamous rock wall you have to scale is not the scariest part, in my opinion. If you’re afraid of heights (I like to think I am not afraid, rather, I have a healthy fear of the potential to slip and die), this could get a bit scary. I still felt there was enough real estate on either side to be safe. Once you get “north of the wall”, you’ll walk a narrow-ish ridge to get to an area of rock scramble to get to the very top. I had a moment of panic here as I didn’t climb up the rocky path and decided to inch myself along the ridge before climbing up the rocks. Maybe don’t do that? After that, you’ll get the most amazing views of the island! Rest a bit and enjoy the view.

The descent had me a bit amped- a kind dude helped me down the rock scramble to part and I ran into some equally kind folks who I ended up hiking down with. Ropes were more helpful going down. I did not need gloves to do the climb. I did the climb in trail running shoes (no, I don’t really do much of that either) and felt safe.

Nature wins every time, so as long as you are honest with yourself about your limits, and are mindful of your footing as you get to the top, you’ll be fine. Take your time, and take a buddy if you can. I’d do it again....but with a buddy.

hiking
28 days ago

I will be in Oahu next week (July-29 to August 5) visiting family. I would like to hike this trail, Moanalua Valley trail and other more spots. Feel free to email me at nico.marchan@yahoo.com or message me on my instagram: @nicocarlosmarchan if you want to join me and others to hike these trails.

finding safe and legal parking can be difficult then a long walk via golf course road to the trailhead. this is a dangerous trail. where you need to be extremely careful. I've personally been involved in a rescue on this trail where a hiker in front of me fell over a 100ft.

hiking
29 days ago

The views are simply amazing. If you don’t like wind or ridges it’s not the trail for you. But if you live insane 360 views that will take your breath away then you are good to go. I went for sunrise and it was one of my favorites ever.

Started about 11am today. Rented Kayaks from Kailua Beach Adventures for about $59 and ended up getting a waterproof bag for an additional $5. (highly recommended because we were soaked all the way out and back). From there we rolled our kayaks out to the beach and took off. It took us about 50 mins to get out to there and it was a little tougher than I had expected. We got out there and seen a seal and had some good luck snorkeling out there because we got close to some sea turtles. The way back was a little easier with the wind and not going against the current and took us 40 mins. Overall I highly recommend it! Bring some food and water for the Island!

Sign at the entrance says closed

1 month ago

Disappointed the entrance past the golf course gate is closed to hikers after 4pm

hiking
1 month ago

Love!! Somewhat muddy and difficult trail. Be prepared to get dirty & challenge yourself. Several places where ropes are the only way you’re advancing. Only did the first peak, but happy to be there & amazing views in every direction. Weather was a bit cloudy, but still a great time. Coming down was just as difficult & I think you actually depend on the ropes coming down more than the way up!

Loved this one!! Definitely had some difficult parts but totally doable if you are in relatively good shape! Their are some steep parts and some very narrow areas so probably not a good idea if you have a fear of heights! But the view was amazing!!

Really fun trail but there are some tricky parts. It would be risky to do after rain and there are a couple parts that are essentially like rock climbing. Great hike if you are looking for a bit of a challenge and some great views.

1 month ago

Great hike and beautiful view

hiking
1 month ago

Love it, but it’s a scared one.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike. Pay attention to the weather. Bring lots of water and some snacks. I wore running shoes and they worked just fine. Be safe!

hiking
1 month ago

Incredible! The biodiversity as you move up the steep mountainside is spectacular. It’s my favorite hike to date!

hiking
1 month ago

The beginning of this trail doesn’t not start where the directions take you. Park on Auloa Rd, walk 0.85 miles to the actual start of the trail. Go along the interstate towards the royal Hawaiian golf course, the beginning of the trail is about 0.5 miles pass the guard shack. Overall the hike is a great work out however there is a good bit of rock climbing in order to get to the peaks! Some are literally a straight climb up the side of rocks, very thankful for the lovely souls who incorporated the ropes! This hike is not for everyone, depending on your mobility you may be limited to how far you can go. Views are great but if you can go out a clear day they will be even better!

Excellent hike. A great workout and the view are crazy. If you fear heights, don’t go all the way up.

1 month ago

Dangerous hike with a huge payoff. Cliffs are steep, the trail has about 7 rope sections with the last one being the most difficult. All of that is to the first peak, didn’t go to the second or third. See other reviews for that. The words from people who have “the views aren’t any better and it just gets more dangerous”.

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