Nu'uanu Trail

Nu'uanu Trail
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Phone (808) 973-9782
Address Nuunau Pali Dr, Honolulu, HI 96817
Short out and back, partial ridge hike with major elevation gains.

• General: Cost: Free • General: Photo Opportunity • Hiking: Dogs Allowed • Hiking: Hiking • Hiking: Length: 1-2 Miles
• Hiking: Level: Moderate • Hiking: Major Elevation Changes • Hiking: Out & Back Trail • Hiking: Ridge Hike • Vehicle Activities: Biking

Nu'uanu Trail is an out and back trail that's only reachable via one of two other trails. The west end of the Nuuanu Trail connects to the Judd Memorial Trail and Jackass Ginger Pool while the east end connects to the Pauoa Flats Trail and it acts as a path between to the two trails.

We've marked the start of the west end of the trail on our map, but the easiest way to get to the trailhead is to first follow our directions to the Judd Memorial Trail and Jackass Ginger Pool and do that hike which will lead to the Nu'uanu Hike trailhead. Once on the Nu'uanu path the hike for just this portion is around 1.5 miles each way.

You'll start out at around 900 feet in elevation at the west trailhead and begin switchbacking until you reach the ridge-top at a height of over 1,700 feet. The views up there are amazing but with an elevation gain of around 800 feet this hike isn't for everyone. Be sure to read up on Hiking Safety & Essentials before you go as well.

The end of the trail will intersect with the Pauoa Flats Trail so you'll have to decide if you plan to go further into that trail or head back the way you came.

Dogs are allowed on this trail but must remain leashed at all times and their waste must be packed out with you. Note that hunting dogs may be off-leash while engaged in hunting so keep a close eye on your dog at all times. Mountain bikers must yield to hikers and should not slide down corners or the trail which causes erosion and could lead to a mountain bike ban on this trail.