Update: February 2023. It is a good idea to arrive here early, so that you can get a parking pass. There is limited parking spaces. You will need a park pass given by the guard station.

Hawaii is an incredible place of beauty and adventure. Every time we visit, we crave for scenic and challenging adventures. Which is why the Wiliwilinui Ridge Hiking Trail in Oahu, Hawaii is perfect to tackle! The weather on the day of our hike included sun mixed with clouds. If the weather brings rain on this this trail, it can make it extremely slippery and muddy.

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View along Wiliwilinui Ridge Hiking Trail * Hawaii travel

Getting to Wiliwilinui Ridge hiking trail

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Ignoring the on-slot the little bit of fear I had, we proceed to gather our water, hats, and other necessities, jumped in the car and drove towards East Honolulu area. Actually, driving through the East Honolulu area turned out to be quite spectacular in itself.


We ended up cruising to higher altitudes towards the trail head through an upscale neighborhood of homes and hills. As we approached the trail head there was no a guard. So at this time, we proceed to park in the appropriate designated spots. Directions

The Trail On Wiliwilinui Ridge

Hawaii travel. Trail at Wiliwilinui Ridge

The trail path at Wiliwilinui Ridge is mostly consisting of red dirt, uneven, and some areas you’ll find tree roots. This is why weather can affect your hiking experience here. Early in the hike, there is a beautiful canopy of trees of all sizes but mostly tall and large. And the cloudy sky made for a perfect day for a rugged adventure up the spine of the island.

Wiliwilinui Ridge Trail Weather

One of the tips I would recommend is always check the weather for any hike in Hawaii. But especially the rugged adventurous ones like Wiliwilinui Ridge. On the day of our hike, the clouds start to build up around us which is why we could be in for a possibly muddy, wet, and slippery hiking experience.

The wind began to swirl and howl. This made for an eerie stroll through some sections of the trail. As we made our way through the tree tunnels, we encounter some of the challenges as well as the views. The steeper sections of the ridge continue closer and we use the ropes when needed to assist in the climb to the top.

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Wiliwilinui Ridge Hiking Trail

Ropes and Mud trail conditions

The steep sections of this part of the hiking trail offers a few challenges and obstacles. The rope is extremely helpful in climbing to the next part of the trail. This trail can be muddy and slippery when it rains, so take it slow and careful as you gradually make your way to the summit.

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Gradually making your way to the top is what makes this hike amazing. It’s the journey along the way, so don’t be in too much of a rush to make it to the top yet. You’ve got to experience the ledges and ridges that comprise this spectacular hiking trail. The further we venture up the trail, more and more pristine views begin to appear.

Views at summit of Wiliwilinui Ridge Trail Hawaii

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Views from the top of the Wiliwilinui Ridge Trail

The view points are spectacular on the Wiliwilinui Ridge Hiking Trail. The views and beauty of the trail aren’t the only things to be excited about. If you blink, you may miss some of the most beautiful plants and flowers. They are in abundance and on display on this adventure nature trail!

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Flowers and plants along the ridge trail

Enjoy the beautiful views of Wiliwilinui Ridge Hiking

Be sure to take a rest on the ‘Swing’ and tree area. If you are hiking the trail on a weekday, you may be lucky enough to get a seat on the one lonely bench that sits at the summit of the trail. The views are incredible! Hang on to your hat as the winds can be quite wicked up at the top.

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Soaking in the views of the ridge


As you can see, there is plenty of adventure opportunities in Hawaii. There are so many different hiking trails that with every visit you will make new experiences! Of course, its even better if you are lucky enough to live there. Hawaii is so full of nature, landscapes, and stunning sunsets. I highly recommend this beautiful adventurous hiking trail if you are looking for unique things to do in Hawaii! Enjoy!

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  1. What an absolutely incredible trail!!! I’ve pinned this for my next trip to Oahu. Whenever that will be 🙂

    1. Yes, Lannie, this trail is one of several amazing and beautiful trails in Hawaii! I know,.. right,.. whenever we can visit there again! Thanks for reading!

  2. This is a gorgeous trail! I was born in Hawaii and can’t wait to go back!

    1. Hawaii is one of the most beautiful places to go hiking! I am happy I could remind you of your home! We usually visit every year, and I hope we can eventually visit again soon. Thank you so much for reading!

  3. Absolutely beautiful hike & views! Also pinning for next Hawaii trip – this looks like a hike my whole family will enjoy! Always 💕hiking when there isn’t constant fear of snakes.

    1. Yes, Cindi,.. this is such a cool and adventurous trail! You are right, we don’t have to worry about snakes,we can just trek forward and enjoy the views! Thank you so much for reading!

  4. I loved this! The views from your hike are beautiful!!!!! I’ve never been to Hawaii, but this is making me want to push it a little higher on my to-go list 🙂

    1. Oh yes! Hawaii is one of our favorites spots to hike. The rewarding views and the beauty along the trail to get to the top is all worth it! Thank you so much for reading, and I hope you will be able to visit too!

    2. Thank you so much for your kind comments! Hawaii is fabulous! And its one of our favorite places to go hiking! If you get the opportunity, you should go! Hoping they will open up real soon too, so we can go back! Thank you again, for reading!

  5. Ooh, I love that atmospheric misty forest and those epic views! Hawaii is a place I have always wanted to visit. When I do, your blog will definitely be my resource for all the best hikes!

    1. Thank you Cynthia! I do hope you can visit Hawaii one day. I hope they open up soon, but we don’t know. They keep extending the 2 week quarantine policy. I am anxious to explore another hiking trail!! ha lol!

      1. I actually just saw that Hawaii is opening up…you might get on that trail soon!

  6. Looks like a fabulous hike. And what stunning views at the summit there!

    1. This hike is so adventurous! So many hikes in Hawaii are fantastic! Such beautiful views! Thanks so much for reading!

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