One of the many reasons to love living on Oahu is the ability to venture through the island’s beauty. Oahu has many great hikes to offer for every type of hiker out there, so take on the challenge and reward yourself with breathtaking panoramic ocean views and lush mountain scenery.
According to Unreal Hawaii the best places to hike on Oahu are:
- Koko Crater Arch (Ridge Hike)
A fairly short trail with steep sections known for its “stair master” feel leading to the ridgeline that offers beautiful views of the coast.
- Kuliouou Ridge Trail (Ridge Hike)
Features beautiful wild flowers and offers a number of activity options accessible year round. Have you ever run to the top, back down to the picnic table, and then back to the top again? If not, it’s time to take the Kuliouou challenge.
- Lanikai Pillbox Hike (Ridge Hike)
Extremely picturesque and pleasant, this intermediate hike overlooks beautiful Lanikai Beach and offers rewarding views of the Mokulua Islands.
- Waimano Falls and Pools (Waterfall Hike)
Suitable for any level hiker, this trail surrounds you with a picturesque bamboo forest, motivating inclines and mesmerizing waterfalls (usually happening during the summer months).
- Ka’ena Point (Coastal Hike)
A moderate ranked trail with negligible elevation gain, this trail holds exceptional coastal views as it leads to a remote and scenic protected area harboring some of the islands most treasured habitat.
This adventurous blend of ridge, coastal and waterfall hikes range from 1 – 5 miles trekking around Koko Crater, up hills overlooking Lanikai Beach and the Mokes, exhilarating waterfall jumps and hidden cove and fresh water pool areas perfect for mid-hike swim.
Oahu’s ridge hikes are notoriously friendly with amazing views at the end that will get you absolutely hooked and urging for more.
Do you have a favorite place to hike on Oahu? We’d love to hear from you in the comments!