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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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West Side Hikes

Also called Leeward Hikes, these hikes take place on western side of the island, near Waianae and Makaha. These hikes primarily take place in the Waianae Mountain Range, the larger of the two ranges on the island. The terrain is significantly browner than its windward counterpart, due to there being less rain. The hikes themselves tend to be more physically challenging since the range is larger, but still offer outstanding views of this part of the island.

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...

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 19, 2018

Difficulty: BEGINNER

Time: 1 HOUR

Distance: 0.8 MILES

Elevation Gain: 400 FEET

Foot Traffic: Moderate

Challenges: Slightly Overgrown, Somewhat Steep with Loose Rock, Bugs

Sights: The Cave, West Side Coastline

What to Bring: Camera with wide angle lens, Water

Also known as the Kaneana Caves, this is a short hike you can knock out if you find yourself over in Makaha. Simply hike partially up the ridge, make a right, follow the contour a...

January 29, 2018

Difficulty: EXTREME

Time: 7+ HOURS

Distance: 7 MILES

Elevation Gain: 3500 FEET

Foot Traffic: VERY LOW

Challenges: Narrow Ridges, Dangerous Free Climbs with Loose Rock, Steep Ascents, Overgrown with sharp plants

Sights: Waianae, Mount Ka'ala

What to Bring: Water (>3L), Lunch, Long Sleeves/Pants/Gloves, Flashlight, Sunscreen, Rope/Webbing

One of the lesser known hikes on the West Side, Bolohead Ridge is no joke. It requires traversing s...

August 13, 2017

Difficulty: INTERMEDIATE-ADVANCED

Time: 5-7 HOURS

Distance: 7 MILES

Elevation Gain: ~3500 FEET

Foot Traffic: LOW

Challenges: Long Gradual Elevation Gain, Steep Ascents with slippery dirt/mud, Some Rock Scrambles/Climbs

Sights: Mount Ka'ala, Waianae, Ka'ala Valley, North Shore, Honolulu

What to Bring: Lots of Water, Good Hiking Shoes, Snack/Lunch, Sunscreen

At just over 4,000 feet, the flat summit of Mount Ka'ala is the highest peak on...

April 29, 2017

Difficulty: BEGINNER

Time: 0.5-1 HOUR

Distance: 0.5 MILES

Elevation Gain: 200 FEET

Foot Traffic: LOW

Challenges: Rock Scrambling to reach peak

Sights: Waianae Mountain Range, Papaoneone Beach

What to Bring: Decent Shoes

This is the shortest hike I've done on Oahu. You basically climb to the top of a small rock located right on the coast of Waianae. However, for such a short hike, it packs a powerful punch. You will see some incredible...

March 26, 2017

Difficulty: INTERMEDIATE

Time: 2-3 HOURS

Distance: 2.5 MILES

Elevation Gain: 1600 FEET

Foot Traffic: LOW

Challenges: Exposed Ridge, Some Steep climbs with loose rock, Narrow ridges

Sights: Hawaiian Pyramid, Waianae, Mount Ka'ala

What to Bring: Sunscreen, Water, Long Pants (optional)

This out and back hike on an exposed ridge feels a lot like a leg workout. It is hot, the uphill is relatively steep, and some of the trail has slippery a...

January 15, 2017

Difficulty: EXTREME

Time: 8+ HOURS

Distance: 4.5 MILES Lateral

Elevation Gain: 2700 FEET

Foot Traffic: VERY LOW

Challenges: Finding trails, Overgrown, Extreme rock scrambling, Narrow ridges, Crumbling rock, Free climbing

Sights: Mount Ka'ala, Waianae Mountain Range, Makaha Valley

Stuff to Bring: Lots of water, Good Hiking Shoes, Long sleeves/pants, 8+ hours of food, Someone who knows the trail, Flashlight

This is without a doubt the m...

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