9.0 miles
1,539 ft
-1,525 ft
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    Both Directions
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What I consider to be the best cross country riding on the island. Miles of enjoyable, well maintained trails for riders of all skill levels.

Pupukea is in the same neighborhood as the West Kaunala Trail on the North Shore of O'ahu at Pupukea. Park down by the beach and ride to the trail through the Sunset Hills subdivision to add an extra climb. If you don't like riding on the pavement, there is parking at the trail head.

First off let me say, this place is a maze. It is very easy to get turned around. I had to ride it several times before I started to figure out where I was. I wouldn't recommend going alone, bring a buddy and a phone.

The trail is well maintained. Thanks to whoever is out there cutting, digging and putting up all the signs. Overall the trail is not to technical but enough to keep you interested. It varies a lot as well. Smooth single track in the trees, open bowl areas, some steady climbs, smooth flowing downhills, jeep road, a little bit of everything. You can get on your bike at Pupukea and ride for hours and hours without ever getting off. The trails crisscross so much that you can pretty much pick your route as you go, changing it to suit your fancy.

When I want to pretend I know how to ride cross country, this is my place.

source: MTB Hawaii
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More Stats for Pupukea Trails/Sunset Hills mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    14 ft
  • Altitude min
    285 ft
  • Altitude max
    802 ft
  • Altitude start
    384 ft
  • Altitude end
    398 ft
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  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    4.0 miles
  • Distance down
    3.1 miles
  • Distance flat
    1.9 miles
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on Jul 3, 2016
Very Dry
Avg: 5 (1 votes)

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Pupukea... Trail Reports

Jul 3, 2016 @ 12:13am
Jul 3, 2016
Everything is all dried out and in perfect condition.
Jun 29, 2016 @ 10:13pm
Jun 29, 2016
Jim, Randy and a few others maintain these trails. First time to Oahu and Jim my girlfriend's dad took me all over that place. And on some just...
Jun 24, 2016 @ 5:43pm
Jun 24, 2016
Overall decent. Some steep muddy sections behind Lilikoi Garden with showers daily. Very good conditions.
Jun 5, 2016 @ 12:38pm
Jun 5, 2016
Last night had heavy rain and caused mud conditions. Please do not ride when muddy. Mud riding ruins our trails
Jun 3, 2016 @ 11:21pm
Jun 3, 2016
Needs to be racked next to impossible to find grip when cornering hard on the Dry needles.
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Jun 20, 2015 @ 5:40pm
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