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February 20, 2020

Difficulty: BEGINNER-INTERMEDIATE

Time: 2-4 HOURS

Distance: 5 MILES

Elevation Gain: 1500 FEET

Foot Traffic: MODERATE

Challenges: Shadeless sections, Possibly Muddy

Sights: Makamaka'ole Falls, Waihe'e Valley, Haleakala

What to Bring: Water (>1L), Snack, Sunscreen

Located in Central Maui, the Waihe'e Ridge Trail is the perfect day hike. It offers a variety of beauty-- from a Cook Pine Forest, to a distant waterfall, to valley views-- as you make your way u...

January 27, 2020

Difficulty: BEGINNER-INTERMEDIATE

Time: 1-2 HOURS

Distance: 0.8 MILES (1st Pillbox), 1.0 MILES (2nd Pillbox), 1.8 MILES (3rd Pillbox)

Elevation Gain: 450 FEET

Foot Traffic: HIGH

Challenges: Dusty, A few steep scrambles with loose dirt, Shadeless, Parking

Sights: Pillboxes, Lanikai Beach, The Mokes, Ko'olau Mountain Range, K-Bay, Maui/Lanai/Molokai

What to Bring: Sunscreen, Water

There's a reason this is one of the most popular hikes on Oahu. You get ridg...

December 25, 2019

Difficulty: INTERMEDIATE

Time: 4-6 HOURS

Distance: 5,.5 MILES

Elevation Gain: 2200 FEET

Foot Traffic: LOW

Challenges: Overgrown, Some narrow and steep sections with dropoffs, Potentially muddy

Sights: Windward and Leeward Side, Koko Crater, Honolulu

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

Located near Honolulu, this trek is best completed as a loop, connecting the Kulepeamoa Ridge to Hawaii Loa Ridge via the Ko'olau Summit Trail. T...

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 and controversial Ha...

August 12, 2019

Difficulty: INTERMEDIATE-ADVANCED

Time: 3-5 HOURS

Distance: 4 MILES

Elevation Gain: 1900 FEET

Foot Traffic: LOW

Challenges: Narrow Ridges, Steep Scrambles, Possible Mud

Sights: Windward Side, Honolulu, Diamond Head

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

A lesser known hike near Honolulu, Manoa Middle is a classic ungraded Oahu ridge. A physically demanding trail coupled with steep scrambles and narrow ridges are the challenges you will...

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 summit-- Nounou East, N...

March 16, 2019

Difficulty: INTERMEDIATE-ADVANCED

Time: 4-5 HOURS

Distance: 5 MILES

Elevation Gain: 2000 FEET

Foot Traffic: LOW

Challenges: Narrow Ridges, Mostly Shadeless, Steep Climbs

Sights: Honolulu, Windward Side, Koko Head

What to Bring: Water (>1.5L), Sunscreen, Snack

A alternative to the popular Kuli'ou'ou Ridge, this route offers all the same beauty, without all the crowds. Hike up Western Kuli'ou'ou Ridge on your way to the Ko'olau Summit Trail (KST), taking i...

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 that lead downhill to n...

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