The Best Hikes on Oahu
Unreal Hawaii is a website for hikers and outdoor enthusiasts on Oahu. On this page you’ll find stories and photos describing some of the best hikes on Oahu. If you’re new to hiking on Oahu, check out the Beginner’s Guide to Hiking Oahu.
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DISCLAIMER: If you attempt these hikes you are doing so at your own risk. Trail conditions and accessibility can change daily. Also, hiking can be dangerous and has many potential hazards. It is up to each individual to know their limits, abilities and level of expertise before attempting any outdoor activity (full disclaimer).
Other Oahu Hiking Resources
Na Ala Hele - Oahu Trail Systems
Official hiking trail system for Oahu.
Oahu's State Parks Hiking
Official website for Hawaii State Parks.
Hawaii Trail & Mountain Club
A popular Oahu hiking club.
Hiking Safety in Hawaii [PDF]
The Hawaii DLNR brochure on hiking safety.
Easy Hikes on Oahu
Follow a group of Hawaii photographers on a photowalk through the lush rainforest. Oahu, Hawaii.Full Story ›
A short easy hike in Kaneohe that leads to a lookout with a panoramic view of the windward coast. Oahu, Hawaii.Full Story ›
A short hike that takes you to a natural arch on the side of Koko Crater. The arch makes for great photos. The hike is relatively easy but parts are very steep. Hiking shoes are required. Oahu, Hawaii.Full Story ›
A beautiful hike located just 20 minutes east of Town. There’s a lot of variety on this trail from forest to open ridgeline. Great for families and dogs. Oahu, HawaiiFull Story ›
A hike with the Hawaiian Trail and Mountain Club through a remote valley in north Oahu. Oahu, Hawaii.Full Story ›
An extremely popular hike in Kailua. This short, kid-friendly, hike takes you up the hill that overlooks Lanikai Beach and the Mokes. Oahu, Hawaii.Full Story ›
This waterfall hike on Oahu is best attempted after some rain. It’s a relatively easy hike to a waterfall and pool deep enough for jumping. Oahu, Hawaii.Full Story ›
Intermediate Hikes on Oahu
A quick hike to see wonderful views of Kaaawa, Kahana Bay and the wide open Pacific Ocean. Oahu, Hawaii.Full Story ›
Views of the Pacific from a southeast section of the Koolau summit. Oahu, Hawaii.Full Story ›
One of the most scenic trails on the island of Oahu. You’ll need a 4×4 vehicle and a permit to access the trailhead. On a clear day, the views are unmatched. Oahu, Hawaii.Full Story ›
Like many of the best hikes in Hawaii, access to this trail is not easy, but those that get to hike it are rewarded with stunning views from west Oahu. This trail offers some thrilling ridge hiking as well. Oahu, Hawaii. *NOTE: Access to this trail is very limited.*Full Story ›
A short and sweet hike to a hole in the mountain. This trail starts at the Pali Lookout. There are steep drop offs and narrow ridges to cross so it’s not so good for beginners. Oahu, Hawaii.Full Story ›
A great hike on the North Shore of Oahu. This trail is a series of switch backs that lead up to a network of dirt access roads that can lead all over the place. Oahu, Hawaii.Full Story ›
This is one of the best hikes for folks who love ocean views. It takes you from Makapu’u ridge to Waimanalo where you’ll hike down via the Tom-Tom Trail. You’ll need to stage cars as this is a one-way hike. Oahu, Hawaii.Full Story ›
One of the best hikes in Honolulu. This hike takes you to three waterfalls and then up to the top of this hidden crater. Oahu, Hawaii.Full Story ›
This is a nice long hike so do it when you’re in the mood for something challenging. Hike on a clear day so to get the reward of seeing the incredible view at the end. Oahu, Hawaii.Full Story ›
This hike shoots off the Makapuu Lighthouse trail. You’ll hike down the steep rock cliff to a set of tide pools deep enough for swimming. This area is dangerous though so keep an eye on the waves. Oahu, Hawaii.Full Story ›
Check the weather before attempting this one. On a clear day, the view at the summit is incredible. This is a fun trail starts at the stop of St. Louis Heights. Oahu, Hawaii.Full Story ›
Advanced Hikes on Oahu
A look at what it’s like to spend several hours hiking the summit of Oahu’s Koolau mountains over Manoa. Oahu, Hawaii.Full Story ›
A rock scramble up a steep windward ridge on the Koolaus. The trail then follows the crest of the Koolaus and back down the windward side to form a loop. Impeccable views are everywhere. Oahu, Hawaii.Full Story ›
An advanced loop hike featuring a variety of terrain, expansive views and incredible ridge hiking. Located between Honolulu and Hawaii Kai. Oahu, Hawaii.Full Story ›
An incredible 12 mile hike that connects two ridges on the Koolaus. Stunning views. Oahu, Hawaii.Full Story ›
A steep hike up to the two man-made notches cut out of the mountain above the Pali Lookout. Best to go on a day when winds are calm. Oahu, Hawaii.Full Story ›
Above Cory climbs the falls. Last weekend we hiked into the Manoa Valley rainforest and climbed up a 50 foot waterfall. Although I live only 10 minutes away, I haven’t been into Manoa in a couple of years. It’s easy to forget how lush the forest is back there. It feels like a different world. […]Full Story ›
It’s Thursday and I’m still stoked on last weekend’s hike. The hike had exposed knife-edge ridges, rock climbing, expansive views, a mini-waterfall and … I ripped my shorts half way through the trail. (Tip: One section of the trail is heavily overgrown so wear sturdy pants. And sexy underwear, just in case.) The hike we […]Full Story ›
A very difficult hike up the pyramid shaped mountain in Kahana Valley. On clear day, views are superb from the top. Oahu, Hawaii.Full Story ›
This is another notoriously dangerous hike. For those willing to take the risk, this trail offers some of the best ridge hiking on the island. Oahu, Hawaii.Full Story ›
Extreme Hikes on Oahu
Extreme hike. Totally overgrown and steep. So worth it though. Oahu, Hawaii.Full Story ›
A hike to the tallest peak along the Koolau summit. There are many ways to access the tallest peak. This is just one approach. Oahu, Hawaii.Full Story ›
One of the best hikes that leads to the famous Haiku Stairs. This trail can be treacherous and tiring. Glorious views can be had at the top. Oahu, Hawaii.Full Story ›