Wa'ahila Trail is part of the Honolulu Mauka Trail System. Wa'ahila Ridge Trail begins at the back of Wa'ahila Ridge State Park in ironwood and guava trees. It traverses alternately between open ridge and forest as it gradually ascends up the ridge between Manoa and Palolo Valleys. It offers spectular views of Manoa, Palolo, Honolulu and the Ko'olau Range. Native Hawaiian plants are common along the upper portions of this trail, including koa and ohia lehua. This trail can also be a good place to observe amakihi and apapane. This trail ends at an intersection with Kolowalu Trail. Do not go up to the summit beyond the Kolowalu/Wa'ahila junction - it is a Restricted Watershed Area. You may continue down Kolowalu Trail, which descends steeply down into the back of Manoa Valley.
Stay on the trail. Keep dogs on leash. Pack out at least what you pack in. No open fires.
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.
No Guides Available.
Directions: From Waialae Avenue, Proceed up St. Louis Drive. Wind up the road, turning right on Peter St. near the top. At the end of Peter, turn left on Ruth St., continuing into Wa'ahila Ridge State Park. Park in the provided parking lot and follow trailhead signs.
Distance: 2.4 miles
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