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

I would rate this trail moderate rather than easy. The path had tree roots, rocks and was slippery in places. The path was mostly an incline or decline. One area we had to walk over large rocks at the edge of the stream to continue on the trail. It was scenic with a lot of plants. It took 4 adults and two children (5 and 8) about 2 1/4 hours to complete stopping for pictures, exploring the tunnels and playing in the stream. Bring mosquito repellent, good hiking shoes that can also get wet.

on Manana Ridge Trail

14 days ago

walking
26 days ago

Perfect hike with the kids every level welcomed nice simple hike

We took the lower falls route first, this will have more up hill climbing but l like that better. low branches can make a kid hauler a little interesting. don't advise doing after a rain. loved the two tunnels for the kids. my 5 year old did the entire route and my 3 year old did from the tunnels on. 3.5 stars.

trail running
1 month ago

This is a great trail for hiking or trail running.
When you compare it with other trails here in Oahu, this trail is easy to moderate. Moderate mostly because it’s length. Very well maintained trail all the way to the last mile and a half, where it gets a little bit overgrown, but not too bad. On the last 2 miles you will notice more mud, more wind and a little narrower trail. The view at the end is beautiful when the weather is good.
There are some sections with ropes to help you advance faster and safer, and they are usually where are dropoffs on the side of the trails.
On the way you have a variety of plants, valley and mountain views, couple of stream crossing and you can even check out some old tunnels.

hiking
1 month ago

Easy hike with a couple nice views of the valley. Good for kids and dogs. There is also a stream along the lower trail which is nice. Since it's a loop trail, I started from the upper trail, which I don't really recommend. The areas where you start to go downhill to the lower trail was muddy and slippery. It would've been easier to go up that part than down. Signs are very good along the trail.

keep right and look for the pink ribbons that guide you through the trail! The waterfalls are beautiful, with clear water and two ropes to swing into the water.

very diverse trail. ridges and water and tunnels. beautiful.

Great trail, especially if you are hiking with kids. Gradual climbs and descents and lots of interesting things to see (especially the tunnels!). Strongly recommend that you go left (lower loop) if you have little ones because the one steep hill is easier to walk going up than going down. A fantastic, relatively short hike for the family.

2 months ago

Waiau Ridge could be a really great trail IF it was cleared/hiked regularly. I hiked this trail with the HTMC in May 2018. This trail is on a very tall ridge allowing beautiful sunny views of both the North and South coasts of Oahu, plus rare views of the Central Valley. It’s a bit of a roller coaster at first, including the Big Dip around mile 4. After that the trail starts a serious ascent to the summit. As usual, HTMC did a fantastic job clearing the first 3-4 miles. After that, we were able to follow, with difficulty, a very feint trail for maybe a half mile. After that, the trail completely disappeared, and we ended up bushwhacking through the tall scratchy ulule and moss-covered trees, scrambling to find our way up the steep ridge in the misty rain to reach the summit. Not pleasant. Several times we stopped to question whether it was a good idea to continue. Eventually, we made it there after several false summits. The skies cleared just long enough for us to see the sandbar and turquoise blue coastline of the windward side. Worth it? Yes! Three of us crossed over the Ko’olau Summit Trail to the north and hiked back out the Waimano Ridge trail. Crossover took about 20 minutes. The three other people in our group went back down the Waiau Ridge trail. All in all, this hike is difficult, but rewarding, and should definitely satisfy your sense of adventure for awhile.

hiking
2 months ago

We really enjoyed this hike. The full trail is probably closer to 7 miles. We turned around at 3 miles (from the beginning, not the split to the falls).

hiking
2 months ago

4/22/2018-Started hiking around 0730 and encountered 7 groups/solo hikers. (There was a pair of hikers with 8 dogs with them; the dogs seemed pretty friendly.) Trail was a little muddy but the weather held up and is shaded most of the way. Most of the tunnels were filled with water so I don’t imagine people will be trekking through those anytime soon. Noticed there was another trail at the end point that seems to head down into the valley but will explore that on another day.

hiking
3 months ago

A fun hike that is well marked, easy to follow and gradually builds until the top. Decent elevation for sightseeing for those looking to get good views and gradual enough to trail run or bring the dogs. For those not looking to do a difficult trail, but still wanting the feel and great views of the Hawaiian rainforest, this hike is an excellent choice.

hiking
3 months ago

I highly doubt that the ones who say this trail is "moderate" "easy" or "kid-friendly" actually got to the ridge. The first 5 miles is quite relaxing. The last 2 is difficult, dangerous and time consuming but well worth it. Someone died on this trail a few years back. #YOLO

hiking
4 months ago

My 5 yo hiked the whole thing and had a blast. Love the tunnels views stream and strawberry guavas.

hiking
4 months ago

Great family hike. Very little elevation change, the tunnels are a lot of fun for the kids and can be bypassed if wet. Nice picnic table about 2 miles into the hike. Perfect turn around place for young kids and a good spot for a snack.

Nice short hike. Couple of caves along the way. Not exactly easy. There a a few spots that could be challenging if you aren’t in decent shape. I would have ranked 3 stars, but the caves bump it to a 4 in my book :) I used a walking stick; which was nice when climbing in slick / muddy spots.

hiking
6 months ago

Trail is pretty on point as long as you go when it’s not raining that week! It’s all downhill ends at a pond that’s swimmable. The hike up is a WORKOUT be prepared for that other than hat had no complaints. Hard to get lost

hiking
6 months ago

I went after a pretty rainy week, so it was very muddy and a bit hard to navigate. It made for a great work out, though!
Be mindful of where you are so that you don’t get lost! Then benches are perfectly placed for some beautiful views, and there are lots of birds to see and listen to.

hiking
6 months ago

12/30/2017-Started around 0811 (street parking was kind of sparse so it took a little while to find a spot) and came across 5 groups on the ridge portion of the trail and another 9 on the shared stretch with Waimano Falls. Weather was pretty good because it was overcast most of the time with some breeze. Trail did get pretty muddy after the 2.5 mile marker and involved some rope climbing to reach the end (which doesn’t have an end of trail marker anymore). However the views were pretty awesome!

hiking
7 months ago

We started the lower trail at 3pm. We were following the marks on the tree branches. Never saw a the turn around sign or specific sign were to go. We got lost ended up calling at 8:30 pm 911 cause it was pitched black. Nice hike, nice view but definitely need improvement in signs. Not easy for sure. Bring mosquitos repellent and give your self enough day light.

Love everything about this trail! Need to summit still!!

This track is 14.4 miles return.

https://paulcpeh.wixsite.com/mysite/blog/waimano-ridge-trail-pearl-city-oahu-hawaii

hiking
8 months ago

3.5 stars.

Hmm...I'm not sure why this hike is rated "Hard". It's not very difficult at all. The elevation change is barely noticeable for most of the route, and there is only one small 10' feature where a rope is preferred, but definitely not mandatory. That said, it's really beautiful. Definitely worth the hike, but if you're looking for something challenging, this isn't it.

Also, someone posted previously about this trail not being kid-friendly. That's inaccurate. I'd say if your kid is over the age of 6-8 and he/she can't handle this trail, you need to get your kids outside more.

Not kid friendly, steep slopes.

hiking
8 months ago

Easy hike if ground is not wet. Must get real hike shoes

hiking
9 months ago

Well kept trail with beautiful views.

hiking
9 months ago

Loved it, rope swing was fun as well.

hiking
9 months ago

Well kept trail with beautiful views.

hiking
9 months ago

I’d rate it moderate instead of easy due to slippery declines, tree roots, and jagged rocks.

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