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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 Hikes

These hikes will give almost any individual a little bit of difficulty, either physically or technically. They may be physically challenging enough to get you winded or make you sore the next day. They may have technical challenges such as rock scrambles, difficult footing, ornarrow ridges. However, those with some skill, fitness, and perseverance should be able to make it through these hikes.

July 8, 2019

Difficulty: INTERMEDIATE

Time: 3 HOURS (One way)

Distance: 5 MILES (Point to Point)

Elevation Gain: 1500 FEET

Foot Traffic: LOW

Challenges: Shadeless, Some uneven footing

Sights: Maui Coastline

What to Bring: Sunscreen, Hat, Water, Snack

Located in central Maui, this point to point hike allows you to traverse the lower portion of the West Maui Mountains. Along the way you will get a great vantage point of the exterior Haleakala Crater...

May 25, 2019

Difficulty: INTERMEDIATE

Time: 1.5-3 HOURS (Hiking time)

Distance: 3.8 MILES

Elevation Gain: 1300 FEET

Foot Traffic: MODERATE

Challenges: Shadeless, All Uphill Return, Carrying Dive Gear

What to Bring: Water (>2L), Hiking Shoes, Sunscreen, Snack, Swimsuit, Towel, Snorkel Gear

Sights: Captain Cook Monument, Kealakekua Bay, Fishies, Spinner Dolphins

A hike with some historical significance, this trail takes you from up on the Big Island...

January 21, 2019

Difficulty: INTERMEDIATE

Time: 2-4 HOURS

Distance: 4 MILES

Elevation Gain: 2000 FEET 

Foot Traffic: MODERATE

Challenges: Some steep and potentially slippery descents, Mostly shadeless

Sights: Waimea Canyon

What to Bring: Water, Snack, Sunscreen

Located on the island of Kaua'i, the Kukui Trail allows you to experience the full grandeur of the "The Grand Canyon of the Pacific," taking you from the top of Waimea Canyon all the way to the...

January 20, 2019

Difficulty: INTERMEDIATE

Time: 2-4 HOURS

Distance: 4.5 MILES

Elevation Gain: 1500 FEET

Foot Traffic: LOW

Challenges: Likely muddy, Some overgrown sections

Views: Na Pali Coast, Ni'ihau

What to Bring: Snack, Water

Honopu Ridge is a stunning hike located on the island of Kauai in Koke'e State Park. This hike may not seem like much initially as you slowly descend the ridge towards the ocean, making your way through the trees and mud, but...

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...

November 12, 2018

Difficulty: INTERMEDIATE

Time: 5-6 HOURS

Distance: 7 MILES

Elevation Gain: 2000 FEET

Foot Traffic: LOW

Challenges: Overgrown, Some muddy spots

Sights: Honolulu, Diamond Head, Windward Side

What to Bring: Water (>1L), Snacks, Long pants

A rollercoaster of a hike, this ridge takes you from a neighborhood near Honolulu all the way to the Ko'olau Summit Trail (KST). It requires a lot of up and down, bushwacking, and some considerable elev...

October 6, 2018

Difficulty: INTERMEDIATE

Time: 4-6 HOURS

Distance: 5.2 MILES

Elevation Gain: 2200 FEET

Foot Traffic: LOW

Challenges: Overgrown, Muddy, Some Narrow Ridges

Sights: Diamond Head, Honolulu, Koko Head, Windward Side

What to Bring: Water, Snack, Sunscreen, Long Pants

This ridge, located near Honolulu, is a moderate loop hike that connects two ridges of the Ko'olau Mountain Range. You begin on the unmaintained Wailupe Ridge, where you will g...

August 6, 2018

Difficulty: INTERMEDIATE

Time: 3-4 HOURS

Distance: 3 MILES

Elevation Gain: 1200 FEET

Foot Traffic: LOW

Challenges: Rock scrambling, Steep ascent, Some muddy spots, Somewhat Overgrown, A few narrow ridges

Sights: Koko Head, Leeward/Windward Side, Diamond Head

What to Bring: Water (>1L), Snack, Long Pants (Nice to have)

A short scenic ridge hike located in Hawaii Kai. This hike takes you up a steep spur ridge to a beautiful lookout poin...

July 5, 2018

Difficulty: INTERMEDIATE

Time: 3-4 HOURS

Distance: 4 MILES

Elevation Gain: 1700 FEET

Foot Traffic: HIGH

Challenges: Some Steep Ascents, Uneven Footing

Sights: Koko Head, Diamond Head, Honolulu, The Mokes

What to Bring: Water, Snack

The final piece of what I call the "Triple Crown of Hawaii Kai Ridge Hiking," Kuli'ou'ou Ridge Trail is a great intermediate level ridge hike, perfect for those looking for a physical challenge, but with on...

June 22, 2018

Difficulty: INTERMEDIATE

Time: 5-6 HOURS

Distance: 9 MILES

Elevation Gain: 1400 FEET

Foot Traffic: LOW

Challenges: Stream Crossings, Muddy, Steep(ish) Ascent

Sights: Moanalua Valley, H3 Highway, Windward Side, Waterfall (if raining)

What to Bring: Water, Lunch, Shoes with Good Grip

Sometimes called the Kamananui or Moanalua Valley hike, this combination valley/ridge hike is a great way to experience a pleasant walk in the woods, while...

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