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Hawai‘i Hikes: Kuliou‘ou Ridge Trail

Kuliouou Ridge Trail

We checked another Hawaii hike off our list last weekend and I have got to say it might be one of my favs. Safe enough to take the kids but challenging enough (at points) to break a sweat and absolutely ah-mazing payoff views at the top. Kuliou‘ou Ridge Trail really has got it all.

Let’s start with location. The trail starts off in a residential neighborhood located in Hawaii Kai. Just type “Kalaau Place” into Google Maps and you’ll see the trailhead is located at the end of the street. The streets are residential and pretty crowded so take your time finding a spot. We had to park a few blocks from the trailhead, just think of the additional steps as a bonus warm up 😉

Once you get to the trailhead you’ll start off on a pavement. You’ll soon approach a split in the path, take the right path to hit the ridge trail, otherwise you’ll head down the valley side. We haven’t done that trail as of yet.

Kuliouou Ridge Trail Start

You’ll trek along some pretty easy terrain for a good while. Lots of shade and many switchbacks as you make your way up the mountain. Really gorgeous scenery with some areas even reminding me a bit of New England landscape. It doesn’t take long to reach a peek-a-boo view of the valley below.

Kuliouou Ridge Trail View

The hike continues much the same way until you start to reach a bit of an incline. There are roots and rocks to help guide you but be sure to take a break if needed, there is plenty of space to do so.

Up next is the most aggressive part of the trial that includes quite a few steps. My advice here is to just take your time. It’s really to your advantage to do so. Check out these amazing views.

Kuliouou Ridge Trail View

Kuliouou Ridge Trail Stairs

And finally, after a lot of sweat and maybe a few tears, you reach the top.

Kuliouou Ridge Trail Summit

Kuliouou Ridge Trail Summit Helicopter

Pretty amazing right? We even got a little flyby from a Fire & Rescue helicopter. There is area up at the summit to chill a bit. We had some snacks and took a break. With the exception of my toes slamming against my sneakers, the hike down was pretty relaxed. Just go back the way you came and be sure to snap a ton of photos.

Until the next hike. Aloha!

Craving more Hawaii adventure? You might wanna check out:

Hawaii Hikes: Hanauma Bay Ridge Trail

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    Val
    August 24, 2017 at 8:44 AM

    Wow! That view is TOTALLY worth the work!

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    Stephanie
    August 24, 2017 at 7:53 AM

    Wow these are beautiful photos! I can’t wait to visit Hawaii now!!

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    Heather
    August 23, 2017 at 11:26 AM

    Wow! This view is breathtaking! These are some gorgeous photos!

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      julie@alohalovely.com
      August 23, 2017 at 9:38 PM

      Mahalo Heather!

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    Christine
    August 23, 2017 at 11:06 AM

    That view is spectacular! I haven’t done a hike for a while but this makes me want to get back into it.

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      julie@alohalovely.com
      August 23, 2017 at 9:38 PM

      The views on this hike are pure magic!

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    Halley
    May 25, 2017 at 5:46 AM

    Hiking in Hawaii is such a great experience. Hawaii is such a great vacation for outdoorsy people or people who want to sit by a pool, one of my favorite US destinations 🙂

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      julie@alohalovely.com
      May 25, 2017 at 6:33 AM

      Yes! So much to do whether you want to be active or just chill 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

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    Nancy at Miles For Family
    May 24, 2017 at 4:17 PM

    Wow, so gorgeous! We hiked Diamond Head when we were in Oahu, and I’d love to hike when we return.

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      julie@alohalovely.com
      May 25, 2017 at 6:32 AM

      There are so many great hikes on Oahu! Hope you get to do some more hiking on your next visit!

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    Larissa
    May 24, 2017 at 5:42 AM

    The views though! I’m definitely not a hiker, but I’m willing to put myself through pain to get views like these. It makes me happy to hear that it’s kid-friendly. Maybe I won’t have that rough of a time. When I was in Hawaii, I did the PillBox Hike, and that was rough for me! But in the end, I was soooo happy that I did it. Next time I’m in Hawaii, I’ll have to check out this hike!

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      julie@alohalovely.com
      May 24, 2017 at 6:18 AM

      Definitely! Just take your time and you’ll be fine. Aloha!

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    Sumer
    April 26, 2017 at 8:15 AM

    Gorgeous views! Hawaii is on my bucket list to visit!

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    Bailey
    April 26, 2017 at 6:55 AM

    This ridgeline is my husband’s favorite. So beautiful.

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    Jessica Lam
    April 25, 2017 at 4:20 PM

    Omg this place is so beautiful! I’d love to visit Hawaii someday!

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      julie@alohalovely.com
      April 25, 2017 at 6:50 PM

      It really is heavenly up there! Love this hike. Aloha!

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    Giustina
    April 25, 2017 at 8:47 AM

    I’m exhausted just thinking about those stairs, but boy is that a beautiful view! <3

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      julie@alohalovely.com
      April 25, 2017 at 8:52 AM

      The stairs were a bit rough in the end, but totally worth it 🙂

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    Lyndsay // Lyndsay's Travel Kitchen
    April 25, 2017 at 8:36 AM

    That helicopter got so close! What an amazing adventure.

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      julie@alohalovely.com
      April 25, 2017 at 8:51 AM

      It was pretty crazy, got even closer than that photo then swooped down the mountain…showoff! lol.

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    Harmony, Momma To Go
    April 8, 2017 at 2:08 AM

    We had a lot of jokes planned for our Hawaii trip but our 4 year was not cooperating! Something I’d like to do more of when we return… someday!

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      julie@alohalovely.com
      April 8, 2017 at 6:35 AM

      Sometimes my girls love hikes, sometimes they hate them. All depends on their moods I guess! Hope you make it back! Aloha.

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    Bailey
    April 7, 2017 at 4:00 PM

    I’ve heard this hike is phenomenal and I can’t wait to try it! Gorgeous pictures.

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      julie@alohalovely.com
      April 7, 2017 at 5:24 PM

      Thank you!! Yes, its fantastic! Aloha.

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    Rebecca Hicks
    April 7, 2017 at 8:24 AM

    Wow I’d LOVE to visit Hawaii someday… that trail looks amazing!

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      julie@alohalovely.com
      April 7, 2017 at 10:42 AM

      You def should! So much to explore over here. And the most beautiful things to see are free 🙂

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    the adventurer
    April 1, 2017 at 8:10 AM

    Beautiful hike! I went here a few years ago and the view was just stunning!! =o)

    dreamofadventures.com

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      julie@alohalovely.com
      April 1, 2017 at 8:42 AM

      Love this hike! It’s the perfect balance of beauty and challenge 🙂

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    Krista
    March 29, 2017 at 4:59 PM

    I definitely have to do this next time I’m in Hawai’i nei! Looks beautifullll girl!

    xoxo,
    krista
    http://kristaaoki.com

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    Natasha Botkin
    March 27, 2017 at 7:03 AM

    Gorgeous photos!Thanks for sharing. Xoxo

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    Tiffany Meiter
    March 27, 2017 at 6:58 AM

    Wow, that looks amazing. It’s on my list of places to visit one day!

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