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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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Full-Day Hikes

December 15, 2019

Difficulty: ADVANCED

Time: 6-8 HOURS

Distance: ~8 MILES

Elevation Gain: 2200 FEET

Foot Traffic: LOW

Challenges: Very Overgrown, River Crossings, Steep Scrambles on Narrow and Grassy Ridges

Sights: Kualoa Ranch, Kahana Valley, Windward Coastline

What to Bring: Water (>2L), Snack/Lunch, Long Sleeves/Pants, Gloves

One of Oahu's few standalone peaks, summiting the pyramid shaped Pu'u Ohulehule is no easy task. It requires multiple river c...

November 30, 2019

Difficulty: INTERMEDIATE-ADVANCED

Time: 6+ HOURS

Distance: 9 MILES

Elevation: 2500 FEET

Foot Traffic: MODERATE

Challenges: Narrow ridges with sharp dropoffs, Steep scrambles, Often muddy and slippery

Sights: Haiku Stairs, Windward Side, Moanalua Valley

What to Bring: Sunscreen, Water (>2L), Snack/Lunch

Often called "Middle Ridge" or "Backside to Stairway," this increasingly popular trail is the primary alternate route to the infamous...

June 16, 2019

Difficulty: INTERMEDIATE-ADVANCED

Time: 5-7 HOURS

Distance: 9 MILES

Elevation Gain: 2000 FEET

Foot Traffic: LOW

Challenges: Somewhat Overgrown, Narrow Ridges, Potentially Muddy

Sights: Windward Side, Waianae Range, Honolulu

What to Bring: Water (>2L), Snack, Sunscreen, Long Pants

A conveniently located hike near Honolulu, this ridge is a great option for those looking for a low traffic challenging hike, but still with epic views. The...

March 4, 2019

Difficulty: ADVANCED

Time: 8+ HOURS

Distance: 12 MILES

Elevation Gain: 1800 FEET

Foot Traffic: LOW

Challenges: Overgrown, Muddy, Narrow Ridges with Steep Dropoffs, Shadeless

Sights: Stairway to Hell, Windward Side, Honolulu

What to Bring: Sunscreen, Long pants and sleeves, Water (>2L), Lunch

The lesser known of Oahu's staircases, the hike nicknamed "Stairway to Hell" is just like it sounds--- an old sketchy set of abandoned stairs tha...

December 6, 2018

Difficulty: ADVANCED

Time: 7+ HOURS

Distance: 12 MILES

Elevation Gain: 2400 FEET

Foot Traffic: LOW

Challenges: Overgrown, Muddy, Some Narrow Ridges

Sights: Honolulu, Windward Side

What to Bring: Water (>2L), Sunscreen, Snack/Lunch, Long Sleeves/Pants

A difficult ridge hike near Honolulu, this ridge takes you up one of the Ko'olau finger ridges to the Ko'olau Summit Trail. You will be challenged with brush, mud, narrow ridges, and even...

November 26, 2018

Difficulty: INTERMEDIATE-ADVANCED

Time: 5-7 HOURS

Distance: 7.5 MILES

Elevation Gain: 2000 FEET

Foot Traffic: LOW

Challenges: Muddy and uneven footing, Overgrown, Some Narrow Sections

Sights: Windward Side, Honolulu, Kalihi Saddle

What to Bring: Water, Food, Long Pants

This hike is a lesser known ridge near Hononlulu that offers phenomal views if you catch it on the right day. You begin on the shaded Kapalama Trail where you can take...

August 21, 2018

 Difficulty: INTERMEDIATE-ADVANCED

Time: 7-9 HOURS

Distance: 15 MILES

Elevation Gain: 1700 FEET

Foot Traffic: LOW

Challenges: Endurance Challenge, Somewhat muddy and overgrown

Sights: Waimano Valley, Windward Side (if you're lucky)

What to Bring: Water (>2L), Lunch, Sunscreen

A lengthy hike located in central Oahu, this trail takes you from Pearl City all the way to the Ko'olau Summit Trail by means of a 15 mile graded ridge. On the w...

July 30, 2018

Difficulty: INTERMEDIATE-ADVANCED

Time: 7-9 HOURS

Distance: 12 MILES

Elevation Gain: 1700 FEET

Foot Traffic: LOW

Challenges: Endurance Challenge, Muddy and Slippery, Overgrown

Sights: Pearl Harbor, Waianae Range, Windward Side (weather permitting)

What to Bring: Water (>2), Lunch, Sunscreen, Pants, Microspikes (nice to have)

This lengthy ridge hike located near Pearl City takes you deep into the Ko'olau Mountain Range, all the way to...

March 31, 2018

Difficulty: INTERMEDIATE-ADVANCED

Time: 5-7 HOURS

Distance: 6 MILES

Elevation Gain 2500 FEET

Foot Traffic: LOW

Challenges: Horse Manure, Some Narrow(ish) ridges, Minor rock scrambling, Slippery when wet

Sights: Waianae Range, Western Coastline

What to Bring: Water (>2L), Lunch, Sunscreen

A great upper intermediate ridge located in Makaha, this hike gives you incredible views of the Waianae Range and Makaha Valley. This trail starts ou...

January 29, 2018

Difficulty: EXTREME

Time: 7+ HOURS

Distance: 7 MILES

Elevation Gain: 3500 FEET

Foot Traffic: VERY LOW

Challenges: Narrow Ridges, Dangerous Free Climbs with Loose Rock, Steep Ascents, Overgrown with sharp plants

Sights: Waianae, Mount Ka'ala

What to Bring: Water (>3L), Lunch, Long Sleeves/Pants/Gloves, Flashlight, Sunscreen, Rope/Webbing

One of the lesser known hikes on the West Side, Bolohead Ridge is no joke. It requires traversing s...

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These hikes will require you to plan the day prior because they will likely eat up most of your day. Starting these hikes in the morning (likely before 9am) is crucial so that you won't be hiking home in the dark. These are the longest Hawaii Day Hikes.