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My name is Steve and I moved to Oahu in April of 2016, a time when my life was not in a good place. Then I discovered the wonders of hiking on Oahu and Hawaii and the incredible joy and beauty that comes with it. This is what inspired me...

 

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Beginner-Intermediate Hikes

July 22, 2019

Difficulty: BEGINNER-INTERMEDIATE

Time: 1-2 HOURS

Distance: 2 MILES

Elevation Gain: 700 FEET

Traffic Density: MODERATE

Challenges: Shadeless, Some Narrow Ridges

Sights: Pillboxes, Waianae Range, Mount Ka'ala

What to Bring: Water, Sunscreen

This short and sweet hike in Waianae is a great way to experience the beauties of the west side of Oahu without straining yourself too much. You follow a series of switchbacks until you reach a smal...

July 9, 2019

Difficulty: BEGINNER-INTERMEDIATE

Time: 1-2 HOURS

Distance: 2 MILES (Full Loop)

Elevation Gain: 200 FEET

Foot Traffic: MODERATE (VERY HIGH near Blowhole)

Challenges: Sharp rock and uneven footing, Dangerous surf

Sights: Tidepools, Blowhole, Heart Shaped Rock

What to Bring: Closed toed shoes, Sunscreen, Water

This short, rocky coastal trail will give you a true appreciation of the seemingly random spectacles mother nature can create. T...

July 7, 2019

Difficulty: BEGINNER-INTERMEDIATE

Time: 2-4 HOURS

Distance: 4 MILES

Elevation Gain: 650 FEET

Foot Traffic: HIGH

Challenges: Muddy, Falling rocks around waterfall, Stream crossing

Sights: Bamboo Forest, Waimoku Falls

What to Bring: Water, Snack

Part of the Kipahulu district of Haleakala Park, this trail is often the final stop for many exploring Hana Highway. Despite the long drive to reach this place, it is worth the visit. The trail...

May 22, 2019

Difficulty: BEGINNER-INTERMEDIATE

Time: 1-2 HOURS

Distance: 2.4 MILES

Elevation Gain: 450 FEET

Foot Traffic: HIGH

Challenges: Some muddy and slippery scrambles, Uneven Footing, Socked in Views

Sights: Napali Coast!

What to Bring: Water

Located at the end of Koke'e State Park, this short trail leads you to the Pihea Overlook, the highest rimpoint in the Kalalau Valley, which gives you some magnificent Napali Coast Views... if you aren'...

May 20, 2019

Difficulty: BEGINNER-INTERMEDIATE

Time: 1-2 HOURS

Distance: 3 MILES

Elevation Gain: 600 FEET

Foot Traffic: MODERATE

Challenges: A few minor scrambles, Can be muddy

Sights: Coastline, Makaleha Mountains

What to Bring: Water

A conveniently located hike in eastern Kaua'i, the hike up to the Sleeping Giant Summit gives you a lot of bang for your buck-- a fun, relatively easy hike with fantastic views. There are three ways to reach the sum...

May 5, 2019

Difficulty: BEGINNER-INTERMEDIATE

Time: 1-2 HOURS

Distance: 2 MILES

Elevation Gain: ~600 Feet

Foot Traffic: LOW (HIGH on Manoa Trail)

Challenges: Muddy and slippery, Climbing up tree routes, Crowds

Sights: Lower and Upper Falls, Honolulu

What to Bring: Swimsuit

An alternate adventure from the touristy Manoa Falls Trail, this hike takes you to the secluded upper portion of Manoa Falls. Getting up there has it challenges, as you will ha...

January 21, 2019

Difficulty: BEGINNER-INTERMEDIATE

Time: <1 HOUR

Distance: 0.5 MILES

Elevation Gain: 80 FEET

Foot Traffic: MODERATE

Challenges: Muddy and somewhat steep descent

Sights: Wailua Falls!!!

What to Bring: Swimsuit, Towel, Camera

Wailua Falls is an iconic landmark of the island of Kaua'i-- a gorgeous triple flow waterfall, located in an easily accessible part of the island. The real magic of these falls, however, come when you hike to its ba...

November 24, 2018

Difficulty: BEGINNER-INTERMEDIATE

Time: 2-3 HOURS

Distance: 3 MILES

Elevation Gain: 600 FEET 

Foot Traffic: LOW

Challenges: Overgrown, Parking

Sights: Kapaa Quarry, K-Bay, Windward Side, Ko'olau Range

What to Bring: Water (>1L), Long Pants/Sleeves

A relatively unknown trail located in Kaneohe, this short ridge hike gives you a unique perspective of the windward side, including the beautiful K-Bay and the Ko'olau Mountain Range. Follow...

November 19, 2018

Difficulty: BEGINNER-INTERMEDIATE

Time: 4-6 HOURS

Distance: 9 MILES

Elevation Gain: 600 FEET

Foot Traffic: LOW

Challenges: Logistics, Muddy, Lengthy, Overgrown

Sights: Windward Side, Ko'olau Range, Waterfalls

What to Bring: Water (>1L), Snack, Shoes to get Muddy

Not to be confused with the Maunawili Falls Trail, this hike is a point to point hike that starts off the Pali Highway and contours along the base of the Ko'olau Mountain Rang...

November 5, 2018

Difficulty: BEGINNER-INTERMEDIATE

Time: 3-4 HOURS

Distance: 5 MILES

Elevation Gain: 1400 FEET

Foot Traffic: LOW

Challenges: Potentially muddy

Sights: Honolulu, Kalihi Saddle

What to Bring: Water

An easily accessible hike near Honolulu, this ungraded ridge takes you along a shaded path deep into Kalihi valley. On the way you will get great views of Kalihi Valley, Honolulu and the Ko'olau Range. The hike ends at a flat grassy patch givi...

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Whether you find these hikes easy or somewhat challenging will depend upon your skill and fitness level. Each of these hikes will have some sort of challenge, be it physical difficulty, rock scrambling, or ridge hiking that will preclude some individuals from attempting. However, these hikes are still manageable for most people to attempt.