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Kuliouou Trail Division of Forestry and Wildlife



Description

Kuliouou Forest Reserve. The trail begins about 0.2 miles in on the Kuliouou Valley Trail and proceeds up the ridge to the summit of the Koolau Range. About two-thirds of the way up the ridge, there is a shelter with two picnic tables. From this point, the trail becomes steeper.  While following the ridge, the trail is only occasionally maintained and may be difficult for inexperienced hikers. The trail ends at the summit with a spectacular view of the windward side of Oahu and Waimanalo. Return is by the same route. The trail traverses through an assortment of exotic vegetation typical of arid areas: Christmas berry, haole koa, formosa koa, ironwood, Norfolk pine and guava. Beyond the shelter and the guava forest, the trail breaks out of the canopy and into uluhe-o`hia-koa-lama forest. This upper section of trail offers an almost 360 degree view of the island. Caution should be exercised on this trail since it is also open to mountain bikers and hunters. This trail traverses a public hunting area - hikers should exercise caution. Wear bright colored clothing and be aware that you may encounter hunters who may be hunting off trail - stay on the trail.  Campsites not designated.  Camping is allowed anywhere within the trail corridor (10 feet from center line), but camping at the trail shelters is preferred.

See the brochure, Hiking Safely in Hawaii



Location

From Kalanianaole Highway heading east, take a left on Kuliouou Street.Drive mauka towards the back of the valley. Follow the curve to the left, and take a right on Kuli`ou`ou Road.Proceed mauka (towards the mountains) on this road, turn right on Kala`au Place. Find street parking along Kala`au Pl. Do not park at the end of the cul-de-sac where it says “no parking.” Proceed on foot to the end of the road and past the cable gate on the access road. The trail begins on the right of the access road at the hunter/hiker check in station. Campers must find legal parking in the adjacent neighborhood.  Please park responsibly and do not leave valuables in you vehicle.



Special Conditions

Caution should be exercised on this trail since it is also open to mountain bikers and hunters. This trail traverses a public hunting area - hikers should exercise caution. Wear bright colored clothing and be aware that you may encounter hunters who may be hunting off trail - stay on the trail. Campsites not designated. Camping is allowed anywhere within the trail corridor (10 feet from center line), but camping at the trail shelters is preferred.



Amenities

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