Hawaii Loa Ridge: Challenging out and back trial
Honolulu, Hawaii. Hawaii Loa Ridge Hike offers an escape into the lush and rugged beauty of Oahu. This moderately challenging trail is one of my favorites. It's got beautiful views and is a good, solid workout. In this post, I'll l go over everything you need to know to hike HAWAII LOA RIDGE: Know Before You Go, What to Expect, Getting There, Facilities, and What to Bring.
The adventure begins in the Hawaii Kai residential area, where the trailhead invites you to a journey through dense tropical vegetation.
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The trail meanders through Norfolk pines and other gorgeous trees. I love that this trail is an out-and-back. This means that the route you go on is the same route you return on (rather than a circular loop trail). Beyond that, the trade winds keep the entire trail breezy. But, don't make my mistake – make sure to double-check the weather before going!
How to Get There
Driving is the best way to get there.
At the start of the trailhead, there is a small parking lot. Only 10 parking permits for non-Hawaii Loa Ridge residents are given to park in this parking lot at a time – you are not allowed to park in the residential neighborhood.
If you are the 11th car, you CANNOT do the hike until one of the first 10 cars comes out. You cannot wait parked in the residential gated community. You will need to return another time.
I did this hike on a Thursday morning around 8-8:30am & we were the 3rd car. I have had several friends try to do the hike on a busy Saturday morning around 9:30am & have gotten turned away.
What to Expect
What I Packed
What I Wore
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