Hike the Crouching Lion Trail

Crouching Lion Trail - Search Nearby - Added by Thomas Burton

This is an awesome hike! There are steep drop offs all over the place and great views of the ocean. You are hiking through a rain forest most of the time

This trail is not for the faint of heart or those easily scared of heights. The crouching lion trail is a 4 mile loop with an elevation gain of 2,000 feet. The elevation gains and losses are near the beginning and the end of the trail. The middle of the trail is where the dangerous knife-like ridges are. To get there, travel 25 miles on the drive from downtown Honolulu. Take the Pali Highway to get to the windward side of Oahu. Once you are through the Pali Tunnels, descend downhill, turning left on Kamehameha Hwy. About 2.5 miles later, turn left onto Likelike Highway. Turn right onto Kahekili Highway, which after 4.5 miles transitions to Kamehameha Highway (key landmarks there are a 7-11 store on the right and the Hygienic Store on the left). Continue on Kamehameha Hwy. for just short of 10 miles. Parking is available at the Swanzy Beach Park. Walk north up Huamalani Rd to the trailhead. The trail is between two properties and there is no reason to go up anyones driveway looking for the trail. After this, the trail is sometimes hard to follow but there are usually pink ribbons tied to trees to help with directions.

The trail follows the Pu’u Manamana ridge on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. The full loop is called the Kahekili-Manamana loop. It took us about 5 hours to complete. The trail is difficult to find in places, and very overgrown. Multiple times we were basically crawling through the mud in order to get under the heavy overgrowth. I know that at least a few hikers who have tried to hike this have died, so make sure you stay focused while hiking this trail and watch where you are placing your feet. It can also be very muddy in spots which makes for a very difficult time.

Distance

4 Miles RT

Elevation Gain

2000 ft Gain

Type

Loop

Activities

Photography, Hiking

Scenic

Nearby Lodging

From $67/night

Outsite Haleiwa

Haleiwa, Hawaii

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Stunning views but pay attention.

This is an advanced hike that can be made even more difficult with the rain (muddy trial) and winds. The trail a straight climb with an immediate elevation gain, often times through washed out trail, loose rocks, exposed roots, & overgrowth. We climbed to the point and bunker and were advised by a local to not go any further past that because ”many people have died on the back loop. It's treacherous”. That said, the views are amazing & unmatched. It's worth it, just be mindful the entire trial.

Amazing!

This was such an amazing hike. So glad we came across this post to help us get there. Definitely stick to days where the ground won't be wet, it can get slippery. Amazing views. We did about a 30 minute hike up and it was perfect!

Amazing

When I hiked it I only went up the the first area on the ridge, not the full on summit. The crouching lion mini hike is awesome! Super quick and not to difficult...as long as you watch your footing and don't go after it has rained.

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