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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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Ridge 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...

July 22, 2019

Difficulty: BEGINNER-INTERMEDIATE

Time: 1-2 HOURS

Distance: 2 MILES

Elevation Gain: 700 FEET

Traffic Density: MODERATE

Challenges: Shadeless, Some Narrow Ridges

Sights: Pillboxes, Waianae Range, Mount Ka'ala

What to Bring: Water, Sunscreen

This short and sweet hike in Waianae is a great way to experience the beauties of the west side of Oahu without straining yourself too much. You follow a series of switchbacks until you reach a smal...

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...

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 22, 2019

Difficulty: BEGINNER-INTERMEDIATE

Time: 1-2 HOURS

Distance: 2.4 MILES

Elevation Gain: 450 FEET

Foot Traffic: HIGH

Challenges: Some muddy and slippery scrambles, Uneven Footing, Socked in Views

Sights: Napali Coast!

What to Bring: Water

Located at the end of Koke'e State Park, this short trail leads you to the Pihea Overlook, the highest rimpoint in the Kalalau Valley, which gives you some magnificent Napali Coast Views... if you aren'...

May 20, 2019

Difficulty: BEGINNER

Time: 1-2 HOURS

Distance: 4 MILES

Elevation Gain: 500 FEET

Foot Traffic: MODERATE

Challenges: Could be muddy

Sights: Mountains, trees, valleys oh my!

What to Bring: Water

Located near Kapa'a, the Kuilau Ridge Trail is a nice gradual ridge that ends at a beautiful lookout overlooking the surrounding valley, Mount Wai'ale'ale, and the Makaleha Mountain Range. Throughout your journey, you will be surrounded by lush g...

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 sum...

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...

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 tha...

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...

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Another amazing aspect of Hawaii hiking, these hikes show the beauty of ridge hiking as well as the danger that comes with them.