2 miles
1,221 ft
-304 ft
Avg time


  • Riding Area
    Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
  • Bike Type
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
  • Global Ranking
    #46896 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    60 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking

Kuli’ou’ou Ridge Trail is a steep, technical, leg pumping, chest heaving, single track that will challenge most riders. Oh, it’s fun too.

Parking can be a bit tough. There is no parking at the culdesac where the trail starts so you need to park further down the street. The street itself is already packed full of cars. Be sure not block any mailboxes or driveways. Parking at the bottom and riding to the trail entrance will add some distance to your ride and help warm you up. If you get tired riding up the steep road to the trail entrance, be warned, that was the easy part.

Once past the gate you stay left on the paved road until you see the signs on your right for Kuli'ou'ou Trail. On the weekends the trail has a lot of pedestrian traffic. Everyone I ran into was extremely polite. Help promote this by being courteous and giving way to hikers.

It's about 1.5 miles to the top. At least the top for mountain bikers. Once you come to the green picnic tables you have reached the end. Only hikers beyond this point. I was perfectly fine with that. The ride up is challenging. The picnic area is the perfect spot to sit down, take a break and chat with all the friendly people hiking by.

You will be in trees and in the shade most of the time but be sure to bring plenty of water and a snack to compensate for all the energy you will burn.

The ride down is extremely fun. Be sure to check your speed and watch for hikers. The trail has many switchbacks, most of them challenging going both up and down. Pay attention going up so you know where to take it easy coming down. I enjoy a good downhill but there were some switchbacks that I ended up walking down.

Overall a super fun trail and extreme workout. One I would enjoy doing again.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Kuli’ou’ou Ridge bike trail
  • Altitude change
    916 ft
  • Altitude min
    243 ft
  • Altitude max
    1,163 ft
  • Altitude start
    246 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,163 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    1 miles
  • Distance down
    2,075 ft
  • Distance flat
    395 ft
  • Avg time
  • Avg reverse time
  • view trail stats
on May 19, 2018
Avg: 2 (1 votes)

view (3)
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Trail Ridden Direction

Trailforks scans users ridelogs to determine the most popular direction each trail is ridden. A good flowing trail network will have most trails flowing in a single direction according to their intension.
The colour categories are based on what percentage of riders are riding a trail in its intended direction.

  • > 96%
  • > 90%
  • > 80%
  • > 70%
  • > 50%
  • < 50%
Trail Ridden Direction

The intendid direction a trail should be ridden.

  • Downhill Only
  • Downhill Primary
  • Both Directions
  • Uphill Primary
  • Uphill Only
  • One Direction

Trail Difficulties
  • Access Road/Trail
  • White
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

Trail Report Status
  • Clear / Green
  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed or Major Issue / Red

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • Directions Directions
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • Gate Gate
  • Camping Camping
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Other Other
      Directions to kuli-ou-ou-ridge trailhead (21.303530, -157.724320)
      update trails status or condition

      Kuli’ou’ou Ridge Trail Reports

      May 19, 2018 @ 4:04pm
      May 19, 2018
      Tried today and this trail is definitely not possible to ride. All large rocks and roots. There's probly been a lot of erosion since it was...
      view all reports »

      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 0 rides
      6 Months
      • 0 rides
      • 4 rides


      more »
      128 |
      Aug 18, 2015 @ 12:43pm
      Aug 18, 2015
      Kuli’ou’ou Ridge
      123 |
      Aug 18, 2015 @ 12:43pm
      Aug 18, 2015
      Kuli’ou’ou Ridge
      103 |
      Aug 18, 2015 @ 12:43pm
      Aug 18, 2015
      Kuli’ou’ou Ridge
      104 |
      Aug 18, 2015 @ 12:43pm
      Aug 18, 2015
      Kuli’ou’ou Ridge

      1 Review & Comments

      • + 0
      flag Hambone511 (May 13, 2017 at 20:16)
       If you want to practice rock gardens and test your warrantys, and this is the trail for you.

      Post a Comment

      You must login to Pinkbike.
      Don't have an account? Sign up

      Join Pinkbike  Login


      no videos have been added for Kuli’ou’ou Ridge yet, add a video.
      • subscribe
      • flag
      • login to download gpx or kml files.