With its pristine beaches, picturesque seascapes, tropical foliage, jaw-dropping sceneries, and rugged landscape, Oahu Island in Hawaii is definitely an adventure seeker’s dream. The third largest Hawaiian island, it is also home to some of the best hiking spots in the world.
If you’re planning to visit this tropical paradise and go for the trek of a lifetime, the good news is there are so many trails you can do, with different levels of difficulty and varied views. Below are some of the Top Hiking Spots On Oahu that you shouldn’t miss, according to the level of difficulty:
- Lanikai Pillboxes Hike
Distance: 2-3 miles
Time Needed: 1 ½ hours
As one of the easiest hikes in the island, the Lanikai Pillboxes hike (or the Ka’iwa Ridge Trail) is rare because it gives you stunning views without making you work so hard for it. This is a short, kid-friendly hike that gives you some of the best views overlooking Lanikai Beach and the Mokes. You begin the hike in the residential neighborhood in Kailua, and while you can be done in an hour or so, you might stay longer for the views.
- Kaena Point
Distance: 4-5 miles
Time Needed: depends
Isolated and untouched, Kaena Point in the westernmost tip of the island is the best way to experience Oahu in its rawest and most beautiful state. You can get to Kaena Point from the south or from the north, but start as early as possible because of the blistering heat. Just follow the beach and be prepared for majestic views of the coastline.
- Mount Olympus
Distance: 3-4 miles
Time Needed: 4 hours
With an unparalleled 360-degree view of the northern and southern coasts of the island, this trail begins at Waahila Ridge State Park in the St. Louis Heights area of the island. You will have to go through some steep sections but the view from the top is just incredible.
- Lanipo Trail
Distance: 7 ½ miles
Time Needed: 4 ½-6 hours
A trail on the ridges of Mauna Lani Heights (just above Kaimuki), this will make you follow the ridge as you go up, down, up, down, and up again. You will be rewarded with breathtaking views from Waikīkī to Waimānalo, with the Ko‘olau range, and the Kaau Crater.
- Pu’u Piei Mauka
Time Needed: 8-10 hours
Extreme adventurers will definitely have to challenge themselves if they want to hike to this mountain peak, found in Kahana Valley’s northern wall. It’s a pretty extreme trail with a lot of overgrown trees, ferns, and vines, and you basically walk through a dense forest. There’s a lot of climbing and holding on to branches and contouring your body, and there’s not much of a trail to follow either. It’s really an extreme hike for thrill-seekers, but you do get rewarded with an unforgettable view of the lush Kahana Valley, the mountains, and the beach.
After going on these challenging, yet beautiful hikes, you’ll work out an appetite to explore Oahu’s world of food! We’ll see you here soon!