Pu'u Manamana Trail

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Address 52236 Trout Farm Rd Hauula, Kaaawa, HI 96730
One of Oahu's most dangerous hikes. This is not the Crouching Lion hike you're looking for. Off limits.

Features
• General: Cost: Free • General: Photo Opportunity
• Hiking: Hiking • Hiking: Length: 3-4 Miles
• Hiking: Level: Experts Only • Hiking: Loop Trail
• Hiking: Major Elevation Changes • Hiking: Ridge Hike
• Hiking: Rock Climbing • Sightseeing: Great Views

Matt Anderson's Take
Pu'u Manamana Trail is also known as the Crouching Lion hike, in reference to a rock formation at one of the peaks that resembles a crouching lion. Chances are good that this isn't the Crouching Lion hike you're looking for but instead want the Crouching Lion Hike that is far more common and far easier. Note that this is an unsanctioned hike which means it's legally off limits. Hopefully seeing the info here is all you need to stay away.


This Pu'u Manamana Trail is actually much longer and much, much more difficult. This one is a 3.8 mile loop trail that does happen to also go to the "Crouching Lion" peak but does so in a different way. This hike is often referred to as one of the toughest hikes on Oahu and it's intended only for highly advanced hikers. Hopefully it goes without saying that if you do attempt this hike you'll leave the kids at home, this isn't for them at all. You'll also want to read up on Hiking Safety & Essentials.


So why is this hike so dangerous? High elevations, steep climbs, and knife like ridges are just a few of the reasons. This is one of those hikes where one slip and fall will either kill you or seriously injure you. Chances are good that you'll get injured on the way to your death. And you wouldn't be the first death here. It's that serious and one we do not recommend you attempt.


You might be curious to know more and that's why we write these articles! The trail starts along Trout Road, see our directions page for exact location. Don't park on that road as you will get towed. You're probably better off getting dropped off or parking at Kahana Bay Beach Park and walking to the trailhead.


The trail quickly starts the elevation gain which will end up being around 2,100 feet total. Several parts of the hike will require some climbing and sometimes you'll have the aid of ropes. Some of the ridges along the way will be very narrow and a fall in most parts is going to lead to a very bad ending to your day.


It's strongly advised that you wear pants as the plant life along the trail will seriously tear your legs up. For most highly experienced hikers, expect around a 5-6 hour hike if all goes well. It can easily take longer, especially if conditions aren't great.


Of course, the views along this area are going to be incredible. Mountains, valleys, and oceans. It's all here. Still, knowing that this is a very dangerous hike you're probably better off with the regular Crouching Lion Hike.
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