Waimano Loop

Pearl City, Hawaii

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There are so many kinds of wild fruits and berries on this trail, you won’t make much forward progress in spring and summer if you try to sample them all. This loop is a short sample (and the best part) of the much longer Waimano Trail, which struggles steeply up toward the rainy Ko’olau Mountains. You can hike the loop in either direction, but it is described counterclockwise here, beginning on the upper trail and returning on the lower. There are overlooks along the upper section of the loop that offer views out over the myriad lacy textures and colors of the treetops in the Waimano Valley. When you drop into the valley itself, you can experience the forest more intimately below the canopy on an easy pathway along a stream. Begin walking along the road, keeping to the left of the chain-link fence. In just a few paces the upper and lower trails split. Keep right on the upper trail, which soon veers away from the road a little. You are surrounded by Surinam cherry, strawberry guava, Java plum, and mountain apple, all edible in season. Scramble up an eroded bare dirt gully to an overlook of Waimano Valley for a gorgeous view over the forest with the mountains as backdrop.

Waimano Loop Professional Review and Guide

"There are so many kinds of wild fruits and berries on this trail, you won’t make much forward progress in spring and summer if you try to sample them all. This loop is a short sample (and the best part) of the much longer Waimano Trail, which struggles steeply up toward the rainy Ko’olau Mountains. You can hike the loop in either direction, but it is described counterclockwise here, beginning on the upper trail and returning on the lower. There are overlooks along the upper section of the loop that offer views out over the myriad lacy textures and colors of the treetops in the Waimano Valley. When you drop into the valley itself, you can experience the forest more intimately below the canopy on an easy pathway along a stream.

Begin walking along the road, keeping to the left of the chain-link fence. In just a few paces the upper and lower trails split. Keep right on the upper trail, which soon veers away from the road a little. You are surrounded by Surinam cherry, strawberry guava, Java plum, and mountain apple, all edible in season. Scramble up an eroded bare dirt gully to an overlook of Waimano Valley for a gorgeous view over the forest with the mountains as backdrop."

Activity Type: Hiking, Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Pearl City
Distance: 2
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1 to 2 hours
Season: Year-round
Local Maps: USGS Waipahu
Driving Directions: Directions to Waimano Loop

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May 2018