Waʻahila Ridge Trail
Photo Credit: Kelvin Lu
Waahila Ridge

[KAUAʻI] UPDATED 2/4/23 – The Kalalau Trail, Napali Coast SWP is CLOSED today due to rising stream levels.  Ha\'ena State Park remains open.  Parking and entry reservations will be accepted at the park entrance.  Kaua\'i North Shore Shuttle service to Ha\'ena State Park is SUSPENDED for Saturday, February 4 due to rising stream levels.

[KAUAʻI] UPDATED 1/31/23 – Kokeʻe and Waimea Canyon State Parks – WATER OFF at partial areas until further notice, facilities impacted. See respective park websites for updates. 

[MAUI] UPDATED 1/27/23: Sections of Makena SP is CLOSED for hazardous tree work. See Makena SP page for updates. 


[OAHU] UPDATED 2/2/23 - KEAIWA HEIAU SRA has REOPENED.

[O’AHU] UPDATED 4/12/22: Sand Island State Recreation Area – WATER OFF, camping and comfort stations CLOSED. See Sand Island site for updates.

[MAUI] UPDATED 1/26/23: ʻIao Valley State Monument – CLOSED August 2022 through April 15, 2023. See ʻĪao site for updates.


[MAUI]
 UPDATED 1/23/23: Polipoli Spring State Recreation Area – CLOSED through March 2023 (Per DOFAW). See Polipoli site for updates.

 

[HAWAIʻI] UPDATED 1/20/23: Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area – WATER OFF in the park, facilities impacted. See Hapuna site for updates

Waʻahila Ridge Trail

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.