HONOLULU | The Wa’ahila Ridge Trail is a moderate to difficult ridge hike that originates in Wa’ahila Ridge State Recreation Area. It offers stunning views across Manoa Valley, Palolo Valley, Honolulu and the Ko’olau Range. It’s also a great hike for those looking for native Hawaiian plants like koa and ‘ohia lehua, and native birds like amakihi and apapane.
The hike extends for 2.4 miles / 3.9km, with an elevation gain of 500ft / 152m, through dry, mountainous terrain that alternates between open ridge and forest. The hike ends at the intersection with the, Kolowalu Trail, which descends steeply down into the back of Manoa Valley.
Do be aware that if you are walking to the the start of the trail, the walk through the neighbourhood of St Louis is quite steep, and somewhat of a mini-hike in itself.
Wa’ahila Ridge Trail
1600 Ruth Place
Sun – Sat: 7:00am to 7:45pm