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This moderately difficult 3.5 mile trail is located towards the northwest of the island. The terrain covered by the trail is mountainous with a thick forest canopy.

A permit and four-wheel drive is needed to access this trail through the Kaena Point Satellite Tracking Station Road. The permit is issued by DLNR, Division of Forestry and Wildlife, 1151 Punchbowl St., Room 325, Honolulu, HI 96813. Mokuleia Trail goes through the Mokuleia Forest Reserve and the Pahole Natural Area Reserve (NAR), then crosses the Forest Reserve Boundary onto private land. This trail traverses a public hunting area - hikers should exercise caution. Please do not mountain bike on this trail - this trail is closed to mountain bikes. The Pahole NAR is a sensitive ecosystem and DOFAW is attempting to restore native vegetation that occurs in this area. Before hiking Mokuleia Trail, please check the soles of your shoes to assure that they are free of dirt and seeds. Seeds transported in this manner may inadvertantly spread unwanted and invasive vegetation. There is also a boot brush provided at the trail head - please use it.

General Information: Do not use any trail or access road that is not delineated by name and color and that may also be displayed on these maps. The marked features are managed for public recreational use. Other trails or roads that branch off from the public features may be on private property, and are not managed for any public recreational use. Access is subject to adjacent landowner approval, and if used without authorization, you will be trespassing and possibly putting yourself at risk.

Directions: From Honolulu, 1. From the Waianae side of O`ahu: Drive towards Kaena Point on Farrington Highway until you reach Yokohama. Turn right and check in with your permit at the security guard station. Travel on the Kuoakala Access Road until you get to a paved road. Turn left until you get to the forest reserve gate. Prior to the gate, there is a road that turns right and is adjacent to the Peacock Flats camping area. This road also leads to the Mokuleia Trailhead. 2. From Waianae/Mokuleia: You may also access the Mokuleia Trail on foot or with a mountain bike, via the Mokuleia Access Road. Mokuleia Access Road is closed to private vehicles. Head ewa on H-1 and take the H-2 exit, heading towards Wahiawa and Haleiwa. As the freeway ends at Schofield Barracks, continue on Route 99 north, bypassing Wahiawa. When the road forks, continue on the left forks towards Waialua (which is still Wilikina Dr. but now becomes Rte. 803). At the flashing yellow light, continue straight on Farrington Highway (Rte. 930). Continue on Farrington Highway, through the rotary, and through Mokuleia. The Mokuleia Access Road will be on your left, gated, and lined by banana trees. Park at the gate and continue on foot or bike through the gates up the road. Mokuleia Trail will be down a side road, to the left, past Peacock Flats camping area.

Difficulty: Moderate

 
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