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January 20, 2020

Difficulty: INTERMEDIATE-ADVANCED

Time: 7-8 HOURS

Distance: 12 MILES

Elevation Gain: 2200 FEET

Foot Traffic: LOW

Challenges: Very Overgrown, Lengthy

Sights: Windward Coast, West Side

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

A lengthy graded ridge on Oahu's northern windward coast, this hike offers some unique and beautiful views of both sides of the island (if you can grind your way to the summit). The first portion of...

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...

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...

August 27, 2017

Difficulty: INTERMEDIATE-ADVANCED

Time: 4-6 HOURS

Distance: 6 MILES

Elevation Gain: 1600 FEET

Foot Traffic: LOW

Challenges: Muddy, Steep Inclines, Overgrown

Sights: Honolulu, Diamond Head, Pali Highway, K-Bay

What to Bring: Shoes with good grip, Decent Amount of Water, Snack, Sunscreen

A long and diverse hike, the Kalawahine Trail begins in Mount Tantalus, where you will hike along a maintained trail and through a beautiful bamboo forest to reach the rid...

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