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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

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...

October 2, 2017

Difficulty: EXTREME

Time: 8+ HOURS

Distance: 5 MILES

Elevation Gain: 2000 FEET

Foot Traffic: VERY LOW

Challenges: Dangerous Free Climbing, Narrow Ridges with Steep Dropoffs, Muddy, Overgrown, Endurance Challenge

Sights: Windward Side, Honolulu, Diamond Head

What to Bring: Courage, Lots of Water, Lunch, Sunscreen, Shoes with Good Grip, Long Sleeves/Pants

Hiking the Pali Notches alone is a challenging task. So hiking the Pali Notches up...

September 4, 2017

Difficulty: ADVANCED

Time: 7+ HOURS

Distance: 12 MILES

Elevation Gain: 4500 FEET

Foot Traffic: LOW

Challenges: Altitude Sickness, Endurance Challenge, Possible Freezing Temperatures

Sights: Mauna Loa, Lake Waiau, Observatory, Mauna Kea Summit

What to Bring: Good Hiking Shoes, Lots of Water, Lunch, Cold Weather Gear, Sunscreen, Aspirin

The tallest peak in all of Hawaii and the tallest sea mountain in the world, hiking to the summit of...

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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.