Kealia Trail

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Phone (808) 587-4175
Address 40-2108 Farrington Hwy, Waialua, HI 96791
Major elevation gains and ocean views on Oahu's north shore.

• General: Cost: Free • General: Photo Opportunity • Hiking: Hiking • Hiking: Length: 1-2 Miles • Hiking: Level: Moderate
• Hiking: Major Elevation Changes • Hiking: Out & Back Trail • Sightseeing: Great Views • Vehicle Activities: Biking • Flying Activities: Helicopters

The Kealia Trail is a 1.2 mile long (one way) out and back style hiking trail on Oahu's north shore. The trailhead starts at Dillingham Airfield (where you will park) and, over several switchbacks, climbs to a height of around 1,600 feet.

At the top you'll find spectacular ocean views of Oahu's north shore and will have hiked around 1.2 miles. There is also a picnic table so bring a snack and enjoy the views.

This is where the Kealia Trail ends so if you head back down to the trailhead you'll have a roughly 2.5 roundtrip hike. Watch for loose and falling rocks along the way.

If you choose to continue on, the trail connects to the Kuaokala Access Road. This is a dirt road that continues on up the ridge and after a few more miles can also lead to various view points.

Note that at times the military may close this trail during RIMPAC in July and at other times they're doing various training and exercises in this area. Because the military uses this area, it's incredibly important to stay on the trail at all times.

You'll also want to read up on Hiking Safety & Essentials before attempting any hike. Mountain bikers need to be cautious and watch for hikers while hikers should keep an eye out for bikers.