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Nice and easy hike with the gorgeous view from the top.

Easy hike, suitable for all ages. The only downside is it's crowded.

A fairly easy hike but worth doing! The path is a bit more crowded than other area hikes so have patience and just go with the flow. Beautiful views from the top!

Easy hike. Would advise going early for sunrise. There are a lot of hikers on this trail. Plus the pineapple smoothies you can purchase at the end of the hike are pretty good too!

Wonderful hike, but it's more like a walk. No shades so it's better on a cloudy or cooler day. Be sure to put your sunscreen on, hats, shades, and plenty water is a must. We walked to the tip of the island, then we walked all the way to the North shore parking lot, and then we followed the metal fence back down to the Waianae side parking lot. We saw the ground nesting birds and seals at the tip.

Really enjoyed this hike with the family. Kids loved it! Did this hike about 1.5 months ago.

Was a nice walk not to busy until you got to the top, awesome experience would recommend for 1 dollar

Easy hike cool views

We drove a mini van right up to the beach. Great place to walk along the ocean and was a awesome sunset.

Great view but I agree with the others here; it was quite busy that it’s hard to enjoy the view at the top with the amount of people squeezing in that lookout. I would recommend doing a sunrise hike on Saturday then heading down across the street for the Farmers Market for some great food. I think the market is also open on Fridays but you would have to check on this

Loved this trail! It was mostly flat but navigating through the lava beds created a great workout. The olivine pools were beautiful, as was the rugged coastline. Make sure to take the spurs off the main trail to see the rugged, but gorgeous, cliffs along the ocean. A bit of rock scrambling on the spurs, but well worth it. Also there was a special viewing of some wildlife. I did not think the trail was as hot and sunny as stated, but I would recommend a hat and sunscreen.

Not a bad hike! Can be crowded at times bur worth the views

Scenery was spectacular. Lot of foot traffic

Nice, easy walk flat trail with mud and rocks. Scenery is beautiful there were seals sunbathing and birds.

Not bad at all. Great moderate trail. Make sure you finish it. It’s a great area to capture amazing optics.

easy hike, a TON of tourists on this one, decent views, but if you're local you know better than to come here.

Nice easy hike but very touristy so make sure to go early!!! Some parts of the trail are narrow and can get a little crowded. There are many stops you can make before getting to the top for nice Instagram pics!!! Don’t forget to stop at the pineapple stands after your hike and get a pineapple smoothie. Super refreshing :)

Very busy but great view.

Awesome views, first hike on my first visit to Hawaii! Definitely did not disappoint :) would highly recommend! Lots of traffic and population even super early

Pretty easy hike, but very touristy. Great views!

The most touristy trail I’ve ever done but it’s very unique and worth it.

Beautiful for visitors to Honolulu. Watch out if it’s a rainy day, and try to go earlier to avoid a crowd.

Easy. Exceptional view on lava field. We have seen a monk seal and her baby.

a easier hike but tons of fun

Would describe this as more of a nature walk, very touristy, but still a must do while you’re on the island—it’s iconic with the standard Waikiki views. Definitely recommend the pineapple and coconut drinks at the end. Parking is $5

trail running
17 days ago

Good flat long trail for running or nature walk for the sea cliffs. Pay off is good if you like animals.

Is there even a trail? The forest is badly marked and full of crossing paths. It’s muddy, wet, easy to get lost, and you’ll end up frustrated looking for your own way through the thicket back onto the grassland. At any rate, I think the track shown here is way off. The first part on the ”off-road road” is pretty boring, but for sure you can have a hiking workout there.

To say the “road” to the Ainapo trailhead is rough, is like saying magma is hot. Having said that, I could not imagine hiking from the highway to the trailhead. The trail itself is beautiful with both lava types and beautiful scenery. Very well marked with blue ribbons in the trees. We continued up the Ainapo trail to the Mauna Loa summit cabin after a one night stay at the Halewai cabin. That was very arduous. Two-thirds on Aa lava, through fog, rain, and snow. The descent much worse than ascent. Not sure I would recommend this portion of the trail because of the difficulty of the hike and the elements.

Loved. We went in the afternoon and it was quite busy. Lots of stairs. Beautiful at the top!

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