20 BEST HIKES ON OAHU, HAWAII

20 of the best hikes on Oahu, Hawaii (The hikes are not listed in any specific order)! If you're interested in more information about difficulty, other hikes or what to bring send me an email. 


1. PALI NOTCHES

  • Location: Pali lookout

  • Length: 2 mile roundtrip

  • Difficulty: Moderate-Difficult

  • Duration: 1 – 3 hours

  • Trail Type: Out and Back

  • Legal: No

  • Season: Year-round

  • Sunrise, sunset and daytime


2 . PALI PUKA

  • Location: Pali lookout

  • Length: 1,5 mile roundtrip

  • Difficulty: Moderate

  • Duration: 1 – 2 hours

  • Trail Type: Out and Back

  • Legal: Yes and no

  • Season: Year-round

  • Sunset, sunrise and daytime


3. STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN

A must do hike if you’re ever on the island og Oahu. If you don’t want to take any chances, contact my good friend Mike Karas as he can give you a guided tour if he’s on the island.

  • Location: Moanalua Valley (Back way)

  • Length: 6 mile roundtrip

  • Difficulty: Moderate

  • Elevation gain: 2,500ft

  • Stairs: 3922 steps

  • Duration: 4-8 hours

  • Trail Type: Out and Back Or walk up the stairs and down the back way

  • Legal: No, possibly 1000$ ticket

  • Season: closed/Year-round

  • Sunrise, sunset and daytime (Often cloudy in the morning)


4. CROUCHING LION

  • Location: Close to Swanzy Beach Park

  • Length: 4 miles roundtrip

  • Elevation gain: 2000 ft

  • Difficulty: moderate

  • Duration: 4+ hours

  • Trail Type: Out and Back

  • Legal: Yes

  • Season: Year-round

  • Daytime, sunset 


5. KALIHI ICEPONDS

  • Location: Honolulu, HI

  • Length: 1 miles roundtrip

  • Difficulty: Easy

  • Duration: 1 hours

  • Trail Type: Out and Back

  • Legal: No

  • Season: Year-round

  • Daytime


6. KEAAU RIDGE

  • Location: Makaha Valley

  • Length: 5,9 miles roundtrip

  • Difficulty: Moderate

  • Duration: 5-8 hours

  • Trail Type: Loop

  • Legal: Yes

  • Season: Year-round

  • Daytime


7. LANIKAI PILBOXES

  • Location: Aalapapa Road

  • Length: 1 miles roundtrip

  • Difficulty: Easy

  • Duration: 1 hours

  • Trail Type: Out and Back

  • Legal: Yes

  • Dogs Allowed: Yes

  • Season: Year-round

  • Sunrise, daytime


8. KULIOUOU RIDGE

  • Location: Kalaau road

  • Length: 3 miles roundtrip

  • Difficulty: Moderate

  • Duration: 2 hours

  • Trail Type: Out and Back Or loop

  • Legal: Yes

  • Dogs Allowed: Yes

  • Season: Year-round

  • Sunrise, sunset, daytime


9. MAKAPUU LIGHTHOUSE

  • Location: Makapuu lighthouse parking lot

  • Length: 2 miles roundtrip

  • Difficulty: Easy

  • Duration: 1 – 2 hours

  • Trail Type: Out and Back

  • Legal: Yes (illegal to go to the lighthouse)

  • Dogs Allowed: Yes

  • Season: Year-round

  • Sunrise, sunset, daytime


10. MAKAPUU TIDEPOOLS

  • Location: Makapuu lighthouse parking lot

  • Length: 2 miles roundtrip

  • Difficulty: Easy

  • Duration: 1 – 2 hours

  • Trail Type: Out and Back

  • Legal: Yes

  • Season: Year-round

  • Sunrise, sunset, daytime


11. MOUNT OLYMPUS

  • Location: St. Louis Heights parking lot

  • Length: 5 miles roundtrip

  • Difficulty: Moderate-Difficult

  • Duration: 3+ hours

  • Elevation: 2000ft

  • Trail Type: Out and Back or long loop by connecting it to Kaau crater

  • Legal: Yes

  • Season: Year-round

  • Daytime, sunrise


12. PUU OHULEHULE

  • Location: Park at Kahana Valley State Park

  • Length: 4 miles roundtrip

  • Difficulty: Moderate-difficult

  • Duration: 7+ hours

  • Trail Type: Out and Back or Loop

  • Legal: Yes

  • Season: Year-round

  • Sunrise, daytime


13. PUU PIEI

  • Location: Park at Kahana Valley State Park

  • Length: 2,5 miles roundtrip

  • Difficulty: Moderate (some climbing)

  • Duration: 2+ hours

  • Trail Type: Out and Back or loop

  • Legal: Yes

  • Season: Year-round

  • Sunset, sunrise, daytime


14. UPPER MAKUA CAVE

  • Location: Dirt lot off Farrington Hwy next to the Kaena Point State Park sign

  • Length: 1 miles roundtrip

  • Difficulty: Easy

  • Duration: 1 hours

  • Trail Type: Out and Back

  • Legal: Yes

  • Season: Year-round

  • Daytime, sunset


15. WEST SIDE CABIN HIKE

  • Location: Makaha Valley

  • Length: 5 miles roundtrip

  • Difficulty: Moderate

  • Duration: 4+ hours

  • Trail Type: Out and Back (can cross over to Keaau ridge)

  • Legal: Yes

  • Season: Year-round

  • Sunset, daytime


16.  WA'AHILA RIDGE

  • Location: St. Louis Heights parking lot

  • Length: 1.8 miles roundtrip

  • Difficulty: Easy

  • Duration: 2+ hours

  • Trail Type: Out and Back (first half of Mount Olympus)

  • Legal: Yes

  • Dogs Allowed: Yes

  • Season: Year-round

  • Daytime, sunset


17. THREE PEAKS

  • Location: Maunawili Road or Auloa Road.

  • Length: 2.5 miles roundtrip

  • Difficulty: Moderate

  • Duration: 3+ hours depending on how many peaks you climb

  • Trail Type: Out and Back

  • Legal: Yes

  • Season: Year-round

  • Daytime, sunrise


18. DEADMANS CATWALK

  • Location: Makapuu lookout

  • Length: 1.5 miles roundtrip

  • Difficulty: Easy

  • Duration: 1 hour

  • Trail Type: Out and Back or loop

  • Legal: No

  • Season: Year-round

  • Sunrise, daytime


19. KAAU CRATER

  • Location: Parking on Waiomao Rd. in Palolo Valley

  • Length: 5 miles roundtrip

  • Elevation: 2100ft

  • Difficulty: Moderate

  • Duration: 4+ hours

  • Trail Type: Out and Back or loop

  • Legal: Yes

  • Season: Year-round

  • Daytime


20. JUDD TRAIL

  • Location: Honolulu, HI

  • Length: 1.5 miles roundtrip

  • Difficulty: Easy

  • Duration: 1 – 2 hours

  • Trail Type: Out and Back or loop

  • Legal: Yes

  • Dogs Allowed: Yes

  • Season: Year-round

  • Daytime


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