|Items needed for your hike:
*Binoculars are nice to have but not necessary.
*Hiking sticks are usually located at the start of each trail- Just look around and there will be a pile somewhere.
KUILAU RIDGE TRAIL
Kuilau Ridge Trail is a very nice hike. The first part is on an
asphalt base path that has a gentle incline. The path continues to
be wide and un-rutted but still muddy in spots. After about 30-40
minutes, the 1 mile mark, you will reach a small grassy picnic area
overlooking a valley. You can see Mt. Wai’ale’ale and the
Makaleha Mountains if it’s clear. Across the first valley you will
see powerlines which follow the Kualapa Ridge. The Powerline
Trail follow these power poles across the island. From the right
side of the clearing looking east you will see the trail
switchbacking below you where the Kuilau Ridge Trail ends and
the Moalepe Trail begins. Continue down the path to the right
to see winding, rolling hills and a view to the Nounou
Mountains and ocean. Once you reach the wooden bridge
(Opaekaa Stream) you reach the end of the Kuilau Ridge Trail and
the start of the Moalepe Trail.
To get to Kuilau Ridge Trail you continue to drive past Opaekaa
Falls to the end of the road. Just before you get to the Keahua
Forest Arboretum and the first stream crossing. The trail is on
the right. Total round trip distance is 4 1/2 miles and 760 feet