Hawaii Hikes: Aiea Loop Trail

Aiea Loop Trail H3 Outlook

This weekend we decided to explore an interior island trail. With a total distance at about 4 miles, Aiea Loop Trail offers a nice workout but feels a bit more relaxed. The trail is both kid and dog-friendly and you’ll enjoy lush tropical jungle, gorgeous mountains and even some peek-a-boo ocean views.

The trail offers an abundance of shade but it can get a bit muddy in some areas. It would not be ideal to hike this trail if it’s recently seen heavy rainfall. Still be prepared with sunscreen and add in a bit of bug spray if you wanna be safe. The trail is a part of Keaiwa Heiau State Recreation Area so there are facilities and even campsites you can rent. It’s an easy drive up a paved road straight to the trailhead.

Aiea Loop Trailhead

Aiea Loop Trailhead Start

We lucked out with a gorgeous day, perfect temperature with magical sunbeams breaking through the canopy. We started about 8:30AM, I always like to hike early if possible and of course coordinate a lunch out after 🙂

Aiea Loop Trail Roots

Some areas of the trail have a mess of roots to work your way though. Keeps the landscape very interesting! And then there are some sneaky ocean peek-a-boo views here and there. Just to remind you you’re on an island.

Aiea Loop Trail Ocean View

Aiea Loop Trail

About 3/4 of the way around the loop you’ll encounter an amazing view of the Ko‘olau Mountains and H3 (1 of 3 main highways on Oahu). This is a good place to take a break before you finish the final portion of the loop.

Aiea Loop Trail H3 View

You’ll finish the loop down by the campsites and if you parked closer to the trailhead, you’ll enjoy one last climb back to your car 😉 All-in-all a great way to spend a morning. Aloha!

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Hawaii Hike: Aiea Loop Trail

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  1. Hawaii is one of the most amazing places in the world. It is so incredibly beautiful omg! I have started going through my videos from Maui and aaaah I want to go back! Your photos are so pretty too! Hawaii, I love you!

  2. One of my favorite parts about hiking in Hawaii, was seeing the locals hike in flip flops. I couldn’t believe it! Did you run into anyone hiking in sandles? This looks like a gorgeous location, and I can’t wait to go back and try this hike myself!

  3. Julie! I love your posts. I think I might have actually went on this hike! It’s been years since I’ve been to Hawaii, but, I’m pretty sure this might have been it. These pictures are breath taking.
    I wanted to let you know that I have nominated you for The Blogger Recognition Award. I wanted everybody to know who you are and how great you are! To check out the award, check my post at http://www.onesharpmama.com/2017/06/08/blogger-recognition-award/

    Keep doing what you’re doing! I’m living vicariously through your adventures 🙂

  4. I love this post so much, because it helped me feel less homesick! I’m originally from Maui, but moved 2 years ago to chase my love. Now I live in Canada, and I love it because I’m with my boyfriend, BUT I do miss my island home. I’m visiting for the first time in 2 years, in a few months and I’m so excited!!

    1. I can only imagine how much you miss it here! I hope you have an amazing time when you visit!!

  5. Hiking trails in Hawaii is on my bucket list! I’ve pinned this to my travel board to revisit later. Looks like it was a great time 🙂

  6. Talk about gorgeous views! I love hiking, especially first thing in the moment. No better start to the day than a quiet hour or two in nature…

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