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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 ridge hiking, you get histor...

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 the ridge is pleasant,...

January 19, 2020

Difficulty: BEGINNER-INTERMEDIATE

Time: 3-4 HOURS

Distance: 7 MILES

Elevation Gain: 1400 FEET

Foot Traffic: LOW

Challenges: Muddy, Slippery Scramble Near Falls, Requires Permit

Sights: Laie Falls, Northeastern coastline

What to Bring: Water (>1L), Snack, Swimsuit and Towel

Located in the northern part of windward Oahu, this trail offers a beautiful ridge and a pleasant waterfall all wrapped in a moderate hike. The first portion starts out on a dirt road that leads you to Laie R...

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 crossings and bushwacking simply to get to th...

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 nowhere. Getting to these...

January 7, 2019

Difficulty: ADVANCED

Time: 5-6 HOURS

Distance: 5.5 MILES

Elevation Gain: 1900 FEET

Foot Traffic: LOW

Challenges: Narrow Ridges, Overgrown, Potentially Muddy, Rock Scrambling and Free Climbing 

What to Bring: Water, Snack/Lunch, Long Pants

Sights: Windward Side, Makaua Falls, Kahana Valley

A fun and challenging hike on the windward side of Oahu, Kahekili Ridge has a little bit of everything. Challenging climbs and scrambles, narrow ridges, spectacular views, and even the chance...

December 31, 2018

Difficulty: INTERMEDIATE

Time: 1.5-3 HOURS

Distance: 1 MILE

Elevation Gain: 700 FEET

Challenges: Muddy, Slippery Rocks, Waterfall Climb, Stream Crossings

Sights: Makaua Falls

What to Bring: Shoes to get muddy, Towel

Visible only after heavy rains, Makaua Falls is a tall waterfall located on the eastern shore of Oahu, near the town Kaaawa. It's a short trek into the valley, but it has plenty of fun and challenging obstacles. You will hop rocks, slip through mud, and even climb...

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 the trail all the way to its end and you wi...

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