Explore the most popular hiking 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.

always an awesome hike. views for days. bring water and a good attitude

on Pali Puka Trail

3 days ago

Wonderful views from the top. Hiked along ridge- steep drop off. Don’t do when muddy. Kept going past it and found some ropes to get up to a higher view. Wind through puka was the best. Not super busy, but ran into a few people.

Very nice hike and so pretty for sunrise! Baby wore my 5 month old son! I'd definitely do this hike again

Enjoyed the hike. Definitely steep and you have to watch your footing going down, but the views are amazing. We went during the heat of the day so I would recommend going early to beat the heat.

I love this hike, though I’ve only gone to the second peak.

Great hike with some great challenges on the way to the third peak.

hiking
7 days ago

went up there today and did all three hikes, the last one was really challanging and a few times I peed my pants - ;) go slowly and be carefull with super grip soes thats a must and its awsome!

Great views from the top.

Loved the jump and the giants tree

It’s harder than moderate IMO. But great muddy fun.

Favorite hike on Oahu thus far, just a great combination of not being to long for my five year old yet still a challenge for myself. Awesome views from the pillbox.

Very steep. Beautiful but difficult getting down. Be sure to go when it’s dry.

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Super muddy but so much fun!

10 days ago

Amazing trail but you should be prepared to get muddy,

hiking
11 days ago

Steep climb makes this a more difficult hike even though the trail is relatively short. Views from the pillboxes are absolutely gorgeous!

this is a favorite! a bit steep in the beginning but then very easy the rest of the way through. it's a very crowded hike though so be mindful of others! sunrise is my favorite time to hike it! make sure you also go on a dry day!

Very fun hike! It wouldn't be too challenging except for the mud which can be very slick even if it's not raining. There are quite a few times when the treeline breaks and you get a gorgeous view of the higher peaks and surrounding mountains. As you get close to the falls the trail becomes the river but it's still pretty easy going. Waterfall and pool were small, but fun to swim around in!
It's a great hike, just leave some towels in the car to clean yourself off with before you drive home!

off road driving
14 days ago

Could not find any drivable trail!

Amazing hike thru jungle without much incline. If it has rained at all the day you hike (which is likely), then it's going to by muddy, so expect to get a little dirty. The falls at the end are the best part in my opinion. The 40ft jump is no joke, but well worth it if you work up the nerve to jump!

walking
16 days ago

Stroll on the beach in Hawaii - of course and this one is top bar. It does get a little crowded and dodging people sometimes applies.

Nice hike with beautiful views. It's really not that hard. Once you made it to the first pillbox, the most challenging part is behind you. Most people turn around at the second pillbox, wich means the rest of the trail isn't really trafficed. Also, after the second pillbox, as the trail is less used, the trail get narrow and there are lots of catutuses along the way. Wearing long pants could be a good idea.Unfortunately, the highest point of the trail is coved by trees and bushes and doesn't really offer good views, but the trail in general is nice to hike.

Not impressed, no comments in the reviews was my first clue. 2nd were the area restrictions. Don't bother.

17 days ago

Amazing views, but make sure you are ready for the boulders and slight rock climbing.

hiking
17 days ago

The mud on the trail is no joke.

Earliest part of the trail is a muddy path. The roots keep it together somehow but it was not the easiest thing to cross. There's a stream you cross about halfway through before you hit make shift stairs. The stairs are planks of wood about a foot tall and three feet wide. Even for a tall person with long legs it's requires big steps. Going downwards on the stairs is harder than going up. The last stretch is up stream through the water and rocks.

Would not do this trail again unless it's been dry for a few days. The mud makes it really difficult to get any sense of stability. Lots of sliding and a few falls, you'll need to be very careful of your footing on this trail. Despite other reviews the trail was not crowded at all and there was lots of street parking. For the most part my party was alone, even managed to swim under the waterfall for roughly 10 minutes before anyone else showed up. Bring a good amount of water, bug spray, wear shoes, and a change of clothes in the car at the very least.

Favorite so far.

Love this hike so much. Have done it about 5 times in a year and it’s my favorite waterfall. There are some stairs that are pretty tough and some muddy spots but that’s all the fun. Going again today. Bringing my dog!

hiking
20 days ago

I read several reviews before I hiked this trail. I should preface this review by stating that I’m an experienced rock climber with technical ascents of El Cap and Half Dome in my past, though many, many years ago. Now in my mid 40’s, I wanted to take my family on this hike, but the reviews scared them away, so I went solo. The climbing on this route would be categorized as primarily 4th class scrambling to easy 5th class climbing. All areas of any difficulty on this hike have fixed ropes that you can yard on, but use caution trusting your weight on any fixed line you have not first inspected, as one I found was in very poor condition. The third peak appears daunting from a distance, but is not the technical crux in my humble opinion. If you are comfortable with the exposure getting to peak 3, you likely will not have a problem making the summit. The greatest danger this hike poses is slipping on the trail proper, which is narrow with very steep drop offs in some sections. Take your time, avoiding hiking in wet conditions and most people without significant fear of heights should fare fine. It’s an amazing hike that I would highly recommend. Car to car took me 5 hours, but I parked farther away than most people. Don’t park on the asphalt sidewalks, as you may get ticketed. Keep valuables out of sight, as I was told there was a recent car break in. Enjoy!

According to alltrails logged recordings, the number one most recorded is Koko Crater stairs at 992.
2. Diamond ‘Leahi’ Head- 880
3. Manoa Falls- 762
4. Kuli’ou’ou Ridge State Trail- 582
5. Aiea Loop State Trail- 565
6. Lulumahu Falls - 560
7. Makapu’u Point Lighthouse- 550
8. Maunawili Falls - 502
9. Kaiwa Pillbox - 500
10. Waimano Falls- 405

According to alltrails logged recordings, the number one most recorded is Koko Crater stairs at 992.
2. Diamond ‘Leahi’ Head- 880
3. Manoa Falls- 762
4. Kuli’ou’ou Ridge State Trail- 582
5. Aiea Loop State Trail- 565
6. Lulumahu Falls - 560
7. Makapu’u Point Lighthouse- 550
8. Maunawili Falls - 502
9. Kaiwa Pillbox - 500
10. Waimano Falls- 405

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