Hawaii

Looking for the best hiking in Hawaii? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Hawaii. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top Hiking Spots in and near Hawaii

  • Kapolei, Hawaii

    Hike to Ka'ena Point

    4.5
    5 mi
    The Ke'ana Point Trail winds along the shore of O'ahu from Waianae on the West to Mokuleia on the North. You'll have the chance to see monk seals and multiple species of protected birds.To access this hike from Honolulu drive West on the H1 towards Waianae. Eventually the H1 will become Farringto...
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  • Kapaa, Hawaii

    Hike Kalepa Ridge

    4.4
    1.6 mi / 580 ft gain
    Kalepa Ridge is a narrow, unofficial trail that starts at the Kalalau Lookout in Koke'e State Park. To get to the trailhead, drive to the popular Kalalau Valley Lookout near the end of highway 550 in Koke'e State Park. Look toward the left (ocean side) of the parking lot where you'll see the unm...
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  • Honolulu, Hawaii

    Halona Cove

    5.0
    When driving along the Kalonianaole Highway, traveling towards east from Hawai'i Kai, keep an eye out for the Hanola Blowhole lookout... Park at the lookout and walk out towards the highway. It is here, next to the entrance, that you will find a trail heading down into the cove. From the road it ...
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  • Princeville, Hawaii

    Hike to Turtle Cave

    3.8
    0.75 mi / 62 ft gain
    Turtle Cave is located within a small bay on the Princeville side of Kauai. This hike requires swimming, repelling down a steep cliff and potentially high tides.  This particular access point is located on private property, so you should be staying in one of the rentals or traveling with a guest....
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  • Mountain View, Hawaii

    Hike to Papakōlea Green Sand Beach

    4.9
    Papakolea Beach aka Green Sand Beach is situated in a bay cut into a side of a cinder cone that erupted thousands of years ago. The green sand is created by a silicate deposit (mineral deposit) of lava called, which stays on this beach because it is heavier than the other, lighter components of t...
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  • Honolulu, Hawaii

    Wiliwilinui Ridge Trail

    5.0
    4.5 mi / 1600 ft gain
    Wiliwilinui Ridge Trail is an excellent out-and-back hike with stellar views of the pacific as well as other south shore highlights near Honolulu, on Oahu. 
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  • Kapaa, Hawaii

    Hike to the nose of Sleeping Giant

    4.5
    4 mi / 1000 ft gain
    There are a few different approaches for this hike - you can take either the East route, West route, or the Kuamoo-Nounou route. The East route is closest to nearby towns of Kapa'a and Wailua, so for convenience I chose this route.The trail quickly begins with several switchbacks, all of which a...
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  • Hanapepe, Hawaii

    Hike the Pihea & Alaka'i Swamp Trail

    5.0
    7 mi / 1500 ft gain
    A strenuous 7 mile hike, depending on which way you start, that takes you from the world renowned Kalalau Valley from Pu'u O Kila lookout, through dense mossy forests, across a stream, up to the highest swamp in the world and ends in views of Kaua'i's north shore of Wainiha valley and Hanalei Bay.
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  • Waimea, Hawaii

    Backpack Waimanu Valley

    4.3
    15.3 mi / 7300 ft gain
    Prep: Before you go, you must book purchase a permit/campsite for the number of nights that you wish spend. You can get the permits online from the State of Hawaii Department of Natural Resources Website. There are 9 sites located within the valley and some are most definitely better than other...
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  • 4204 Diamond Head Road, Hawaii

    Hike to Diamond Head Overlook

    4.0
    1.6 mi / 500 ft gain
    You will start your hike at the bottom of the volcano. The cost to get into the park is 5$ per vehicle or 1$ for a walk-in or taxi. The cost of the park is absolutely worth it. On the way up the mountain you will start on a wide paved path that starts out relatively flat but gets steeper on the w...
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  • Kapaa, Hawaii

    Hike the Kuilau Ridge Trail

    4.0
    5 mi / 488 ft gain
    Parking at the trailhead is limited to approximately four vehicles, so arrive early. If you are unable to park, continue down Highway 580 and you will find parking next to Kawi Stream. The beginning of the trail, an old fire road, starts with a gradual incline where you are exposed to a variety o...
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  • Waimea, Hawaii

    Awini Trail along the Kohala Coast

    4.7
    Take Hwy. 270 along the northern Kohala Coast and all the way to the end at the Pololū Valley overlook. You can park almost anywhere along the road there (besides the private homes), but spots fill up so get there early. Start at the Pololū Valley overlook. If you are not fond of hiking, you can...
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  • Koloa, Hawaii

    Maha'ulepu Trail

    5.0
    4.59 mi / 253 ft gain
    This easy-to-handle trail is a good one for the whole family. The trail starts from "Shipwrecks Beach", in front of the Grand Hyatt and follows the coastline for 2 miles to Maha'ulepu Beach. Along the way, you'll witness beautiful, rugged coastline and multiple lookouts over the ocean. This tra...
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  • Kapaa, Hawaii

    Hike to Ho'opi'i Falls

    4.0
    2.2 mi
    Easiest/Direct route: When in the Kapa'a area from the main highway turn left onto Kawaihau road. Follow Kawaihau all the way up until you see a sign for Kapahi road, turn left onto that road. Driving in, you'll see a red gate on your left-hand side. The parking area is just after the gate, along...
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  • Kula, Hawaii

    Hike the Sliding Sands Trail

    5.0
    2 mi / 1500 ft gain
    If you're headed up to Haleakala to catch the sunrise or sunset at the summit, leave a few hours before or after to do a quick hike into the crater on the Sliding Sands Trail.This is not an easy hike (high elevation and therefore lower concentration of oxygen, altitude sickness concerns and steep...
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  • Naalehu, Hawaii

    Hawaii's South Point

    5.0
    0.04 mi / 0 ft gain
    NOTE: Cliff jump at your own risk and only do so when conditions are great (calm seas, clear skies, good water visibility). Do NOT jump if you don't think it's safe for any reason or if you think you can't climb back up. Getting to South Point on Hawaii's Big Island is relatively straightforward...
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