Makiki Valley Trail

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This is a shady, pleasant loop hike of about 3.5 miles total, including about 1/2 mile roundtrip from the parking area to the trailhead (the trail itself is about 2.5 miles total). There was over 1000′ elevation gain with a few peekaboo views of Waikiki. Expect a long, steady uphill if you go clockwise. The descent from the second trail junction is a rapid 1000′ drop over about 3/4 miles. The Hawaii Nature Center is at the trailhead where you will also find bathrooms and a water fountain. Kids will enjoy the bridges at the start of the trail (again if you go clockwise). There are many birds and plenty of foliage. No treacherous sections, but also no specific “destination” like a summit. There are two benches along the way, but they’re very small. Be prepared to sit on logs or rocks for your lunch/snack break.

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