The trail ascends up the ridge and climbs up and down each puu to reach the Ko`olau Ridge Summit in about 6 miles. The trail initially climbs through eucalyptus, brushbox, and guava. However, once in the native forest, naupaka, koa, ohia, lobelia, olapa, and kopiko are common. The views, birds and plants observing make this lung-buster worth the climb! This trail is multi-use and hikers may encounter hunters or mountain bikers along the trail. Please exercise caution when hiking. The latter half of the trail is not regularly maintained and may be difficult for inexperienced hikers.
Camping permit-DOFAW This trail is open to mountain bikes. Bikers: Always yield to hikers. Do not slide around corners or slide down the trail. Careless mountain biking damages the trail and causes erosion. If accidents are reported or damage to the trail is extreme, the trail may be closed to mountain bikers.
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 H-1, exit at the Pearl City/Waimalu exit. Turn right on Moanalua Road at the end of the ramp. As Moanalua Road ends, turn right on Waimano Home Road. Turn left onto Komo Mai Drive, driving through Pacific Palisades to the end of the road. A locked gate restricts vehicular traffic beyond this point. Park here, and proceed on foot through the pedestrian passageway adjacent of the gate. The road becomes the trail just past the water tank.
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