Popular trail that's part of a bigger loop in the Tantalus area.
General: Cost: Free
General: Photo Opportunity
Hiking: Length: 1-2 Miles
Hiking: Level: Easy
Hiking: Minor Elevation Changes
Hiking: Out & Back Trail
The main part of the Makiki Valley Loop Trail is really just the Makiki Valley Trail which is a 1.1 mile long, out and back style hiking trail (that's part of a bigger loop trail) in the Honolulu area of O'ahu.
There are several ways to access this trail so let's cover that first. On the west side you can access the trailhead right from Tantalus Drive, see our map / directions page where we pinpoint this side. On the east side, you can access the trailhead from Round Top Drive.
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- This trail is shown in blue. Green shows the larger loop trail.
Because this trail is also part of a bigger loop trail, known as the Makiki Valley Loop Trail, you can also access it from the Maunalaha Trail or Kanealole Trail trailhead (which share the same trailhead and offer better parking options). When you do the full loop you are looking at a longer hike of around 2.5 miles.
If you're doing the loop you can head right to Maunalaha Trail or Kanealole Trail (again, same start point) and then (shortly after the trail begins) will have the option of head left for the Kanealole Trail or right for the Maunalaha Trail. Either one will interest with the Makiki Valley Trail after around 0.7 miles and you'll end up coming back on the one you didn't take.
Otherwise, you can head to the trailheads on Tantalus Drive or Round Top Drive and do this as an out and back hike or even loop onto the Maunalaha Trail and Kanealole Trail, just note the trail names and signs because other trails intersect along the way. Specifically, this trail will also connect to the Moleka Trail and the Ualaka'a Trail.
Most consider the Makiki Valley Trail to be an easy hike but doing the full loop can bring it to more of a moderate difficulty level from some.
If it's recently rained you may want to skip this one because it will likely be muddy and slippery. On that safety note, you'll also want to read Hiking Safety & Essentials and bring plenty of water and bug spray.
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