Summary: Stewart Ball's Hikers guide to Oahu has an excellent description of the trail and is highly recommended for any hiking on Oahu. The trail head is across from the parking lot and proceeds inland on a wide paved road. Go around the chain and go left at the fork (keep concrete hanger on your right). At the base of the ridge follow the trail as it switchbacks up the face. At the top there is a covered picnic bench. Continue inland and ascend fire road. When you reach a junction near an old fence line go right. You will pass a rusted water tank on the right. Enter the Kuaokala public hunting area. At the next junction turn left. Turn left when you reach the T junction. Pass a small water catchment and tank on the right. At the junction with the Kuaokala Trail bear right and slightly up to ridge rim. You will be overlooking the Makua Valley Military Training Area.
Trailhead: From Waikiki take H1 west. Go north on H2 untill highway ends, turning into route 99 North. Pass Schofield Barracks on the left. The road narrows and dips, then forks. Take the left fork at light (Route 803). Continue through flashing yellow light (Thompson's Corner) now Route 930. At a small traffic circle go left under the overpass. Pass Waialua Intermediate School on left. Dillingham Field and Gliderport will be on left. Enter the airport at the second entrance (open 7AM to 6PM dailly). Go around the end of the runway,following road to a small airfield tower and park in the adjacent parking lot. (Lat:21.34644 Lon:-158.1249)
Trail Guides for Kealia Trail:
The Hikers Guide to Oahu Revised Edition
by Stewart Ball Jr (University of Hawaii Press)
Best Seasons: Fall, Spring, Winter,
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs, Bikes, Horses,
Ranger Contact: Hawaiian Division of Forestry and Wildlife, 808- 587-0166 (www.hawaiitrails.org)
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Kenneth Eide, who has posted 1 other hike on this site
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Reviewed by Rico on 11/30/2012
Did this hike 11-27-2012. It was a long hike but with great views of the North Shore. Once we got to the top we sat at the table for 5 mins then pushed on to the water tank and took photos, then pushed on to the valley. We was low on water so we headed back. It was a great hike.
Reviewed by Viewer on 2/26/2012
Great hike even with the wife and kids. Amazing views, great vantage point to spot whales and aircraft from Dillingham Field.
Reviewed by lwm on 11/13/2010
for some reason we lost the trail at the Kuaokala public hunting area and ended up following steep roads that went the wrong way. We finally found the trail again and went to the overlook. It was well worth the frustration of taking wrong turns! Spectacular!!
Reviewed by kamo on 9/28/2008
I would rate this for the physically fit only. The switchbacks to the picnic table at 800 feet are difficult but doable by a family with older children who can be trusted. The rest of it is very hard up and down, on fire roads, and for experienced hikers only. Take lots of water, and some food. Heat is a problem. Great views and wonderful terrain, but you pay to see it in heavy physical demands.
Reviewed by kate on 8/29/2007
Hey! I laughed to see only 3 trails for Hawaii. What?There are like a hundred or more on Oahu alone. Check out backyardoahu.com. You'll be amazed!!! There are also lesser known trails that link off the better known trails that lead to rarely seen waterfall pools. There is a lot of mt biking on these trails too. If you're a kama'aina (with a HI license) the Hawaii Loa trail near Aina Haina ( it's in one of Hawaiis posh gated neighborhoods-please be respectful so we can enjoy the trail there) is spectacular at the top.
Reviewed by mjc on 2/17/2007
Beautiful hike. Alot of great viewpoints to watch whales, but only from Dec - March. Trail does get very muddy and slippery, so if it rained the night before you might try it another day. At the top of the ridge is some covered picnic tables, great place to take a stop. If you continue on the fire road, it does get steep at times. You might also run into others boar hunting with their dogs. When you make it to Mauka Valley, don't try to be adventurous and head into the valley - this is a live fire military training area!
Reviewed by Doc on 11/5/2005
I have recently hiked this trail again an don't see any of the dangerous areas discribed in a previous review. Most trails on Oahu are ridge or contour trails in the mountains. All trails trails of these types are prone to slippage and falling rocks. I don't think this trail is anymore or less dangerous than most trails on Oahu.
Reviewed by frb on 8/25/2005
Very nice. Rockface doesn't appear dangerous at all.
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