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

Don’t waste your time walking this long ass service road! Get a permit drive up and check out the upper trails that way! It kicked my ass though not gonna lie. Some nice views but to me not worth the hike. This is great for training and cardio. Wouldn’t do it again. This is a long one people! Bring plenty of water and snacks/food. I may seem harsh but I was hungry the whole way....lol. Honestly though okay to skip it. It’s A road for the majority of it!

Not recommended on a hot day if you're not in fairly good shape. Bring sunscreen!! Great cardio as 3.2 miles is uphill and decent views of parts of North Shore along the way.

Yes, the route on the official trail map is actually Mokuleia Access Road. To get to Mokuleia Trail, you have to walk along the access road until you reach Peacock Flats campground. Turn into the campground and follow the dirt road until you see the Na Ala Hele sign Mokuleia Trail. The Mokuleia trail will pass a fence gate, Pahole shelter, and at the end, you will reach another fenceline post that is unmaintained.

https://hawaiitrails.hawaii.gov/trails/#/trail/mokuleia-trail/167

Great trail for kids who love to hike it’s paved nice hike for our sons who are 7,9 they loved it got a little steep but we all kept moving not too much complaints from our kids.

Well, I'm not going to cancel my membership, but John's comments immediately below are correct. This trail is improperly identified on AllTrails and that's been mentioned several times in the past. I'm very familiar with this area. The first 3.5 miles shown is a paved road called the Mokule'ia Fire Access Road, which is closed to public vehicles, but is used by DLNR employees to maintain the game reserve and park at the top of the plateau.. At the Peacock Flats campsite the paved road splits into several dirt roads, one of which turns south and begins the actual Mokule'ia Trail.

But what is shown as the red line on the AllTrails map is only the first 2.5 miles of the paved Mokule'ia access road. (The red line just stops in the middle of nowhere.) The real Mokule'ia Trail begins about a mile farther, near where you can see two structures on the campsite.

AllTrails seems to have had a lot of difficulty with this area of Hawaii, in the past also confusing the Kuaokala Fire Access Road with the Kuaokala Trail (yes, they're completely distinct) and confusing the Peacock Flats camp site with the Peacock Flats Trail & 4WD road and also with the Mokule'ia Fire Access Road.

It would be great if somebody at AllTrails devoted an afternoon to sort all this out. Thanks.

wrong designation: it isn't "mukulaia trail", but only part of mukulaia trail access road ( this road is even longer)!!!

by this example of your inaccuracy, I decide not to buy your service.

Nice run uphill. My dog likes it!

Trailhead was easy to find. The first .5 mile a flat walk walk, then it starts climbing a fairly step grade. It was a good work out, but I’d couldn’t see much. Did I mention it poured on me from mile marker 1.5 to the top and all the way back. I’d still give it four stars.

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.

hiking
5 months ago

Actually stayed on the marked trail and not this one. The map at the top shows 2 trails. Numbered 1 & 2. This hike is number 2 and it looked like the trailhead was down the road where the sign says 4x4 vehicles only.

Awesome views. Be aware that, after a certain point, the All Trails route does not coincide with The Hiker’s Guide to Oahu. If you try to overlap maps, you may get turned around.

This is a paved road which gives access to camp grounds up above. It starts out fairly flat and then gives your quads quite the work out towards the end. Some nice views of the north shore valleys

PPS -- the "Dirt Every Day" episode is available for streaming on Netflix. If you want to see what this trail is really like, it's a really great episode.

off road driving
7 months ago

PS -- this trail is in actuality a challenging, very eroded 4WD road. There are several YouTube videos showing offroaders struggling with some extremely tough terrain and there's even a "Hawaii" episode of the TV series "Dirt Every Day" that is dedicated to a drive through this trail.
Please don't confuse this with the paved Mokule'ia Access Road or with other trails around the Peacock Flats campsite. This one connects the Keaokala Access Road (also known as the Keaokala Firebreak Road) to a right-of-way that connects Farrington Hwy to one of the palis just east of Dillingham Airport.
Again, this is a monster of a 4WD road (don't even think about doing it with one vehicle) and a long, but great day hike.

It is a paved road up the mountain. Most over shadowed by trees. Not terribly interesting.

Started from the dillingham side and worked our way up the steep 3 mile incline to Peacock flats. The hike is on a hard paved road the whole way up and does have a few nice views of the North Shore. Bring lots of water and wear comfortable clothing.

Thank you to whomever at Alltrails updated this page with the correct map.

This is an obscure trail that is on few maps, but is nonetheless well worth exploring. I've only made it halfway so far, but hope to do the entire trail soon. What I've seen is in very good shape and offers many spectacular and unusual views of the North Shore between the Mokule'ia and Kealia trails.

If you start from the Peacock Flats campsite, proceed west to the intersection with the coincident Kuaokala Access Road. Follow the KAR about 1.5-1.7 miles, then turn right, leaving the KAR at a T intersection marked only by a small 4WD sign (a profile of a jeep). From this point, you'll follow a winding, challenging red-dirt 4WD road that crosses multiple ridges around Ke'eke'eke down to a field behind Dillingham Airport and Paradise Skydiving. From there it's about a mile walk back to Farrington Highway.
This road is do-able by mountain bike & 4WD, but would be extremely difficult, if not dangerous, if not perfectly dry.
I'll update this review with a description of the 2-3.5 mile span when we complete the entire trail. FWIW, that part is described as very tough going in the few sources I've found.

hiking
Monday, July 10, 2017

Beautiful views the whole way. Great out and back. We saw 2 other people the whole time. Make sure you print your pass/permit before you go. I recommend it for couples, me and my wife did it on our honeymoon.

Google will bring you to a Trailhead for a beach but not the trail. Go past Dillingham and several beaches.

Excellent trail, don't do what I did, carrying 46 lbs going up to Peacocks Flat for originally 2-night camping. But on the way down, with 32 lbs was wonderful. Next time, I'll go with a small backpack and do a long day hike starting with this trail.

I would say this trail is moderate. It's all paved, the incline is pretty intense after the first part. Great cardio and glutes workout. There is no shade, it's very hot, go early!

hiking
Sunday, September 04, 2016

Road access is controlled by the Air Force and is closed some days. It is required that you print a hiking permit at home and bring it with you (camping.ehawaii.gov). More info at https://camping.ehawaii.gov/camping/all,details,31708.html.

Friday, August 19, 2016

I gave a 5 just for the smell at one point up there lol I believe it is Eucalyptus!! Loved it! Also start from Kealia and once you reach the gate turn right and there's a end point that way! (No end of trail sign there though)With Kealia it's a round trip just under 10 miles! Beast hike! Amazing work out! My go to! Love it!

Wanted to get out of the house, so I grabbed my dog and chose this trail. Easy to find. Saw some peacocks and cows along the way. Mostly exposed trail, so bring water on a hot day. Starts off relatively flat then bam! A steady incline from about the 3/4 mile point onward. Overall nice hike

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Got to this section after starting at the Kealia trail, got a little lost and ran into many spider webs but it was silent up there - I passed maybe 2 people. Would definitely recommend this trail to true hikers! It was beautiful

hiking
Thursday, October 01, 2015

Se only did the 3miles trail. It is a forest hike, really beautiful, full of nature to breathe. But is only that. It ends up in a road where a lot of people walks there dogs. Easy to climb down, more challenging to climb back up. Is a good option for a 2hr easy hike, if you like forest. Bring mosquito repelent, is full of it.

Long trail good view of the ocean. We saw a few whales and a great view of a valley at the end

Awesome view, the elevation gain is crazy, not much to see up top along the trail, once on top trail turns into a well used dirt road.

hiking
Thursday, October 02, 2014

Although we had been to Peacock Flats a number of times, we had not done the trail to 3 Corners. This time we took the 4WD road from the Kaena Air Force Tracking Station to Peacock Flats with intent on traversing Mokuleia Trail to Pahole Shelter to traverse along the Makua East Rim to 3 corners. The target location is called 3 corners because it is there that the three valley's of Makaha, Makua and Mokuleia converge. It is also the place where Ohikilolo Ridge joins the Waianae Summit Trail.
The morning was generally clear with a light sprinkling of rain. We had clear views of Makua, Ohikilolo and Mokuleia. We also had the opportunity to see the top of Kaala before the clouds came in.

Unfortunately, by the time we made it to 3 Corners - we could barely see Makaha, and Makua was already socked in. No clear view of the three valleys this time(!) The east rim of Makua Valley is not for the feint hearted. It is a major rollercoaster, with sheer drops and steep inclines. It was also very overgrown. Be prepared with rain gear, gloves and micro-spikes.
The 4WD was about slightly over 8 miles, while the hike was about 3 miles. So a return hike of about 5-6 miles, and a 4WD drive of about 16 miles. Since it was raining today, the drive back was also slick. All in all, it was a good full day with a nice variety of 4-wheeling and hiking.

We will definitely do this many times in the future and hopefully to connect to Ohikilolo ridge or to Mt. Kaala!

Here is the link to the GPS track:
http://alltrails.com/tracks/.UtPst9dNXnU.facebook#.UtPst9dNXnU.facebook

hiking
Sunday, December 29, 2013

This was a decent hike. The assent is fair, at around mile 2.5 you really start to feel it in your legs and glutes. We went up to mile 3, the tree at the marker is decorated for Christmas, that was unexpected. A decent 6 mile round trip. The views are decent, next time well go round trip for the full hike.

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