Thinking of going to the Oahu island and wondering what to do? Do you not have the internet at your home? Sorry, we were just kidding. Stay tuned as we bring you all the information you need for conquering the most difficult trail Oahu has to offer, Kuliouou Ridge trail. A scenic trail that would provide you with sights and memorable hiking experience.

Oahu: A Hiker’s Paradise.  

Oahu A Hiker’s Paradise

Lauded as one of the most popular islands in Hawaii, Oahu is what a tropical paradise should look like. From lush rainforest to great beaches and phenomenal hiking trails, Oahu Island is a perfect tourist spot.

The diversity of the landscape makes the island easily an adventurer’s heaven. However, with beauty comes the dangers as well. But some people live for the thrill. So if you are one of those individuals who just love the thrill of a challenging hike and want to feel a sense of victory once done with the hike, then you are at the right place.

We bring you one of the most difficult hikes Oahu has to offer. Kuliouou ridge trail is not your average run-of-the-mill trail that any hiker can conquer. There is a reason why it can even be called the Hiker’s Nightmare. So without further ado, let us see what it takes to conquer this trail.

Kuliʻouʻou Ridge Trail  

Kuliʻouʻou Ridge Trail

Even though it is suitable for some of the more seasoned hikers, Kuliouou ridge trail is a marvel nonetheless. Filled with gorgeous scenery of the ocean, Ko’olau Mountain Range, South Shore, and the Koko head, this is easily one of the most beautiful trails we have witnessed in recent years.

The trailhead is situated just a short 20-25 minutes car ride from Waikiki Beach. However, we would recommend that you start early, as getting a spot in Kuliouou ridge trail parking is no joke. The streets a very narrow, and both locals and tourists fight for a spot.

The trailhead starts at Kala’au Place. From there, the whole trail is around 7.6 km long, factoring in the round trip. So you have a long way to take in the sights and sounds of nature.

However, before making any sort of plan for trailing the Kuliouou Ridge trail, you must check if the Kuliouou Ridge trail closed or open. Due to the nature of the trail, during some seasons, the trail could remain closed for public use. Therefore, being informed would definitely help you.

Hiking checklist  

Hiking checklist

Now that you have all the information you need to conquer the Kuliouou Ridge Trail. Let us now look at the checklist that you need to follow before setting off on the ‘most difficult’  Kuliouou hike. Here we go!

  • Water: This goes without saying that water is the most important while hiking a trail. Therefore, getting yourself a water bladder would help you to carry a sufficient amount of water. Something like an Osprey 3L Water Bladder is a perfect choice for such situations.
  • Heel protectors: While hiking, you will definitely feel the need for a good set of heel protectors that can save you from some major shoe bites. And trust me,  they hurt more than anything. So getting some cheap heel protectors can certainly save you from a lot of pain.
  • Headlamp: Remember, while trailing, it is very important to have 100% visibility. And for a difficult hike like Kuliouou hike, you certainly need to have all your faculties about you. Petzl ACTIK CORE is great choice for headlamps as it is one of the brightest headlamps.
  • Cushioned Hiking Boots: Remember, getting a boot that looks merely like a hiking boot is never enough. You have to get a boot that is well-cushioned and locks out moisture. Otherwise, the hike can be a painful experience.
  • Rain Shell:  It is a staple if you want your luggage not to get soaked. You never know when it is going to pour in Hawaii, and when it does, you should not be running around trying to save yourself from rain. However, shopkeepers might try to push rain jackets, which are more expensive. But, a rain sheet is what you should go for as they are easier to carry and do not add significant weight, unlike the jacket.
  • Sunscreen with high SPF: If you have sensitive skin, then you know what happens when you go out without any sort of sunscreen. So it is the most basic, but if you do not want to look like a tomato, then you should get a sunscreen.  

FAQs (Frequently Asked Question):-

Q. Which hikes are illegal in Oahu?

Ans: Even though most of the trails in Oahu are open to the public. There are trails that are closed off to the public because of safety reasons. These trails include the Hamama Falls, Tom Tom Trails, Crouching Lion, and Haiku Stairs.

Q. Is Oahu a good place for a beginner to start hiking?

Ans: yes, Oahu has some of the best hiking trails on that side of the world. Some of the easiest trails for a beginner to start hiking include Makapu’u Point Lighthouse Trail, Hoʻomaluhia Botanical Garden, and Ka’ena Point Trail.

Q.Is Manoa Falls currently open for hikers?

Ans. Yes, Manoa Falls is now open for tourists to visit. However, for a better idea about the park, you could also directly check out the Department of Land and Natural Resources website. This would give more current information regarding the opening and closing of the trail.

Q. What are some of the best waterfalls you can visit in Oahu?

Ans. Oahu is full of amazing waterfalls that are open to the public. Here is a brisk list of every majestic waterfall that you can visit while taking a trip to Oahu.
⦿ La’ie Falls
⦿ Waimea Falls
⦿ Likeke Falls
⦿ Waimano Falls
⦿ Kahekili Trail
⦿ Kapena Falls
⦿ Maunawili Falls
⦿ Manoa Falls


In summation, you have to be prepared for anything that the trial throws at you. Still, do not overthink things, as overthinkers rarely achieve anything. Therefore, be aware of the challenges you will face as Kuliouou Ridge trail can be unforgiving at times. Nonetheless, with all the information provided, we hope you conquer the trail like an absolute boss. For more travel content, please keep following us.

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Samik has been a literature student all along and uses his fluidity to write about multi-niche topics. Aspiring to be a professional writer, he tries to analyze his topic from a critical standpoint but still adds a hint of personal perspective to the end product. Being a person having a general inclination toward global politics and documentary filmmaking, he also wishes to write and document more about numerous conflicts that are brewing in the different corners of the globe.

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