Waʻahila Ridge Trail
Photo Credit: Kelvin Lu
Waahila Ridge

Covid-19 Protocols: Please wear a mask when in groups, maintain social distancing, and be respectful of others. Aloha, Hawaii State Parks

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PARK UPDATES: 6/18/21 - [OAHU] - Waahila Ridge State Recreation Area will be CLOSED half day [7:00am to 1:00pm] on Monday 6/28/21 to accommodate the striping of speed bumps. The park will be closed to vehicles and visitors during this time period.

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5/21/21 - [OAHU] - The Keawaula gate at Kaena Point is now open on weekends. Gate hours are Saturdays: 6:00am to 7:00pm, and Sundays: 9:00am to 7:00pm. No overnight use allowed.

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4/19/21 - [ALL ISLANDS] - Entrance AND parking fees are now required for non-residents at several parks across the islands including: [KAUAI] Haena, Kokee, Waimea Canyon, [OAHU] Diamond Head, Nuuanu Pali, [MAUI] Iao Valley, Makena, Waianapanapa, and [HAWAII] Akaka Falls, Hapuna Beach.  Non-resident visitors will be required to pay for both entry and parking.

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3/29/21 - [KAUAI] - The Kalalau Trail reservation system is open again. Reservations are available 30-days in-advance. Park Entry and Parking reservations for morning and midday are available. Sunset-time reservations are currently not available.

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3/1/21 - [MAUI] - Waianapanapa State Park - Entry and Parking Reservations are now required for all non-residents. For reservations go to www.gowaianapanapa.com

Waʻahila Ridge Trail

UPDATE: Starting 2/25-2/26 and 3/1-3/2 a security guard will posted at the park entrance to inform that the park is closed and turn away anyone entering the park from 7:00 AM – 4:00 PM on those days. This step is necessary as people are not heeding the park closed notice and traversing in construction areas that are hazardous to their safety, as well as our project workers.
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2/9/21 - Waahila Ridge State Recreation Area will CLOSED starting 2/17/21 through 3/2/21 for tree removal. This will limit access to the Waahila Ridge Trail. Following the initial closure period, their will be limited access to the park through April 2021.

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.

2021 Park Improvements and Closures

 Park improvements at Wa’ahila Ridge State Recreation Area, on O‘ahu begin next week. Improvements include the repaving and expansion of the parking area, walkway replacement and new pathways to the picnic area. New speed bumps will be added. The project includes repairs to the pavilion and comfort stations, as well as the removal of tree hazards.

People are asked to avoid construction areas for their own safety.  There will be constant construction traffic, moving equipment, site work, material and debris removal, and other construction related activities.

Wa’ahila Ridge State Recreation Area will be open with these exceptions:

PARK CLOSED: 2/17 to 3/2 – full park closure for tree removal in parking and day use areas.

ENTRY ROAD & PARKING LOT CLOSED: 4/05 to 4/28 – repaving, speed bump installation and finishing work

PARTIAL CLOSURE OF PARKING LOT SECTIONS: 2/17 to 3/24 – site work for expanded parking areas, limited parking available

The contractor for this project is Hawaii Works, Inc. and the overall estimated project cost is $1,120,627 with a completion expected in June.