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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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Intermediate-Advanced Hikes

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...

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...

May 27, 2019

Difficulty: INTERMEDIATE-ADVANCED

Time: 1-2 DAYS

Distance: 18+ MILES

Elevation Gain: 7000 FEET

Foot Traffic: LOW

Challenges: Endurance Challenge, Numerous River Crossings

Sights: Waimanu Valley, Waipi'o Valley, Wai'ilikahi Falls, 

What to Bring: Full Backpacking Gear

This long hike, located on the North Shore of the Big Island is best experienced as a multi-day backpacking excursion-- the beauty of this Valley is just too incredible t...

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 T...

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...

March 11, 2018

Difficulty: INTERMEDIATE-ADVANCED

Time: 4-6 HOURS

Distance: 10 MILES

Elevation Gain: 1800 FEET

Foot Traffic: LOW

Challenges: Muddy, Exposed, Long Distance, Slightly Overgrown, Some Narrow and Eroded Portions

Sights: H3 Highway, Waianae Range, Honolulu, Windward Side, KST

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

Despite its distance, this is one of the more manageable Ko'olau finger ridges if...

September 30, 2017

Difficulty: INTERMEDIATE-ADVANCED

Time: 5-7 HOURS

Distance: 5 MILES

Elevation Gain: 1700 FEET

Foot Traffic: LOW

Challenges: Muddy, Uneven Footing, Steep and slippery ascents/descents, Some narrow ridges

Sights: 3 Waterfalls, Ka'au Crater, Honolulu, Diamond Head, Windward Side

What to Bring: Shoes with good grip, Water, Lunch, Sunscreen

With waterfalls, a crater, and ridge hiking, the Ka'au Crater Loop is one of the most diverse and be...

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This difficulty of these hikes have reached a point where many should not consider attempting them. They could be physically challenging enough that it requires a solid level of fitness to complete. They could have tricky technical challenges, such as difficult rock scrambles, steep slopes, or narrow ridges that could result in serious injury if you don't know what you're doing.