Hawai`iloa Ridge Trail follows the ridge up to the summit of the Ko`olau`s. The beginning 2/3 of the trail climbs through a dry forest of ulee, ilima and strawberry guava. The last 1/3 of the trail is primarily on open ridge and goes through ohia-koa-akia forest. This trail offers abundant opportunies to view native plants, and spectacular views of the Leeward side of O`ahu. This trail is quite steep in sections and may be difficult for novice hikers. Sections of this trail have ropes to assist with climbing. Please note that these are not installed or maintained by Na Ala Hele. Be advised that ropes can be more dangerous than climbing unassisted. Hikers should also exercise caution since portions of the trail are also used as hunting areas, when in season.
Easement-explain purpose at guard gate. Stay on the trail. Keep dogs on leash. Pack out at least what you pack in. No open fires.
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, From Kalanianaole Highway heading east, turn left on Pu`u`ikena Drive. Check in at the security guard station. Here, you must show an ID and sign a liability waiver. Continue on Pu`u`ikena Drive for approximately 1.5 miles to the trailhead parking area, next to the Board of Water supply tank. The trailhead is on the right, towards the mountains. Note: The Hawai`iloa Community Association has been more than cooperative in letting hikers and hunters access State land through their gated community. Please abide by all rules and regulations of the association. Do not stop or park in subdivision. There are only ten parking stalls at the trailhead. Hiking groups are advised to car pool.
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