Kuliouou Ridge Trail is one of my favorite hikes. It’s a beautiful hike through a forest that ends at a cliff with awesome views of Waimanalo, Diamond Head, and Koko Head.
The Basic Info:
Where: This hike starts at the end of Kalaau Place. To get there, take Kalanianaole Hwy east to Kuliouou Rd. Turn left onto Kuliouou Rd, and follow it as it turns left and then right. Keep following Kuliouou Rd to Kalaau Place, and turn right. Kalaau is a dead end, so find somewhere to park along Kalaau (and don’t be that jerk who blocks someone’s driveway).
Hike Distance: about 5 miles round trip.
Elevation Gain: about 2000 feet
Time: If you are a fast, experienced hiker, about an hour up and about 40 minutes back. If you are an average, regular person hiker, about 2 hours up and about 1 1/2 hours back.
Other Things You Should Know:
To get to the trailhead, walk to the circle drive. You’ll see a paved road at the end that is roped off. There’s a walkway on the left side of the roped off road. Walk down the road for not very long and you’ll see the start of the trail on your right. Follow the trail and when you reach the fork, go right for the ridge trail or straight for the valley trail (there’s a sign posted).
There is also a valley hike here.
This trail can get hot. Make sure to bring plenty of water. About half way, maybe 2/3 of the way up, there is a covered picnic area where you can rest and have a snack.
This trail is not generally muddy, unless it has rained very recently.
This trail has a tricky spot past the covered picnic area. It’s a kind of steep hill that is covered with tree roots. The roots can be slippery, so use caution, especially on the way back down.
The last quarter mile of the trail is mostly stairs.