• Activities:

    Photography, Hiking, Fitness

  • Skill Level:

    Intermediate

  • Season:

    Year Round

  • Trail Type:

    Out-and-Back

  • RT Distance:

    5 Miles

Forest
Scenic
Waterfall
Wildflowers
Wildlife

Amazing views of the surrounding valleys, Honopu Beach, and the Na Pali Coast. Park service stopped maintaining the trail after it was destroyed by a hurricane in 19825 miles roundtrip.

Drive Waimea Canyon Drive until you reach mile marker 17. Continue about half a mile further, park at the turnout on a corner near a telephone pole. The trailhead is directly back from the turnout.

You'll first encounter a maze of criss-crossing hunter trails. Stay mostly to the left, following ribbon markers left by volunteers. The trail continues for about 2 miles until you reach a dirt outcrop overlooking the valley. It continues about 0.5 mile further but the trail becomes very narrow as you continue down the ridge. The trail becomes rough at a few points but views throughout are well worth the effort. It feels like you're stepping back in time when you hike Honopu Ridge.

Pack List

  • Water and food
  • Hiking shoes
  • Long pants to protect against Uluhe ferns
  • Hat and other sun protection
  • Camera
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Please respect the places you find on The Outbound.

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures. Be aware of local regulations and don't damage these amazing places for the sake of a photograph. Learn More

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