Pauoa Flats Trail

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Phone (808) 973-9782
Address Telephone Rd, Honolulu, HI 96813
Short trail, requires longer hike to reach. Amazing Nu'uanu Valley views.

• General: Cost: Free • General: Photo Opportunity • Hiking: Dogs Allowed • Hiking: Hiking • Hiking: Length: 0-1 Miles
• Hiking: Level: Moderate • Hiking: Minor Elevation Changes • Hiking: Out & Back Trail • Sightseeing: Great Views

Pauoa Flats Trail is a short, 0.75 mile out and back style trail that's only accessible from other trails. The hiking path is higher up, between 1,500 and 1,700 feet, but doesn't have large elevation differences itself.

Instead, you'll make most of your elevation gains before you actually get onto this trail.

You'll traverse through eucalyptus, ginger, and swamp mahogany while you contour Pauoa Flats. Much of the trail is well covered from the tree canopy above.

There are a variety of ways to reach the Pauoa Flats Trail. The first option is to start at the Judd Memorial Trail and Jackass Ginger Pool which will connect to the Nu'uanu Trail and then to the Pauoa Flats Trail. The second option is to start at the Kalawahine Trail which will connect here. The third option is to start at the Manoa Cliff Trail. The fourth option is to start at the Manoa Falls Trail which will connect to the Aihualama Trail and then to the Pauoa Flats Trail.

This short section of the hike isn't overly difficult, though getting to this section can be difficult due to the gain in elevation you make just in getting to the trailhead. While dogs are allowed on the trail, and must be on a leash at all times, this isn't a great trail for pets as hunting dogs can be common here.

Once you read the end of the hike you'll be at the Pauoa Flats Lookout on the Ko'olau summit which offers some incredible views of the Nu'uanu Valley below. In the distance you'll see the Nu'uanu Reservoir and between the lookout and reservoir is the Lulumahu Falls Hike (though you can't access or see the falls from this lookout).

Be sure to read up on Hiking Safety & Essentials before you go.