Waʻahila Ridge Trail
Photo Credit: Kelvin Lu
Waahila Ridge

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PARK UPDATES: - 1/18/21 - [OAHU] - Kaena Point State Park Vehicle Access Gate on the Mokuleia side is CLOSED due to poor road and weather conditions.  The Keawaula gate is also CLOSED.  The park is OPEN.  Please be aware of your surroundings and stay safe. 

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12/16/20 - [OAHU] - Diamond Head State Monument is now OPEN!

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11/23/20 - [MAUI] - Iao Valley State Monument is now OPEN. Paid parking by credit card only.

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11/3/20 - [HAWAII] - Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area is now OPEN.  Restroom services are limited to portable toilets due to a recent water main break.

Waʻahila Ridge Trail

UPDATE: 10/12/20 - From Sept. 28 - Oct. 23 the Wa'ahila Ridge Trail will be CLOSED during the week but OPEN on the weekends for HECO work. Wa'ahila Ridge State Recreation Area is OPEN however gates will remain CLOSED during the week. Gates will be OPEN on the weekends.

Trail Length 2.4 miles
Activity Pedestrian
Difficulty Moderate to Difficult
Terrain Dry, Mountainous, Partly Native Forest
Elevation Gain 500 ft
Park Name Waʻahila Ridge State Recreation Area

Description

This ridge hike originates in Wa‘ahila Ridge State Recreation Area, and offers great views and viewing of native forest and birdlife.

Route

The trail begins at the back of Wa‘ahila Ridge State Recreation Area within 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 spectacular views of Manoa Valley, Palolo Valley, 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 the native birds 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.

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 (at the cul-de-sac), turn left on Ruth St., continuing into Wa‘ahila Ridge State Recreation Area. Park in the provided parking lot and follow trailhead signs.

Additional Info

  • Mountain biking is not allowed on this trail.
  • Stay on the trail.
  • Keep dogs on leash.
  • Pack out at least what you pack in.
  • No open fires.