Maunawili Trail Details
An epic 19 mile round trip ride on O’ahu’s Windward side.
Maunawili Trail is one of Oahu's most epic rides. At points you feel so secluded, like civilization is hundreds of miles away. The trail is beautiful and the scenery is incredible. It truly feels like an adventure. But be warned... This is not a trail most folks will enjoy on a mountain bike. It's a difficult, technical, slippery, ride/hike with cliffs. If you are new to mountain biking, don't enjoy hiking your bike and getting dirty, I don't recommend Maunawili.
Having said that, if you are looking for a challenge, Maunawili Trail is well worth the time!
Most folks park at Kawainui Regional Park and head to the trail from there. Once parked I've found it's easier to just ride up Kalanianaole Hwy to get to the Old Pali Road entrance. It's also possible to ride up Auloa Rd if you want to avoid the Hwy.
The climb up the Old Pali Road is all pavement. At several points the vegetation is so thick, you'll think you are on jungle singletrack. Keep climbing until you actually pass under the new Pali Hwy. I really enjoy climbing under the Hwy, it's one of my favorite parts of the ride. Once under the Hwy you will immediately need to climb a short ladder with your bike. Once you get to the top of the ladder you'll be standing face to face with oncoming traffic. It's fun to see the surprised looks on the drivers faces as mountain bikers literally popup on the side of the cliff
Once on the trail you have the option to go either right or left. Right takes you to the Pali Lookout. Left proceeds to Maunawili Trail, our destination. From here you will follow some of the most beautiful single track on Oahu for the next 9-10 miles as you circumvent the ridge line. The trail weaves in and out of all the sharp ridges of the mountain.
Your ride will vary greatly depending on the weather. If it has been raining expect the difficulty level to increase tremendously. Slippery roots, rocks and mud are everywhere. Of course you have more of a chance of seeing waterfalls as well. Be careful though, the area does see flash flooding on rainy days. I've seen a tiny stream up there turn into a raging river.
The ride will take anywhere from 5-7 hours. Start early, bring lot's of water and food, spare tube & parts, rain poncho and a cell phone for sure. I also recommend you let someone know where you are riding ahead of time and don't ride alone.
I love this ride, absolutely one of my favorites. But it needs to be respected, it's no mellow XC ride.
Most folks that ride Maunawil Trail park at Triangle Park at the bottom of the Pali. Directions may be found by following this Google Map: https://goo.gl/maps/OY4JR
More Stats for Maunawili Trail mountain bike trail
Altitude change-1 ft
Altitude min17 ft
Altitude max1,201 ft
Altitude start115 ft
Altitude end114 ft
Distance climb7.2 miles
Distance down7.6 miles
Distance flat3.7 miles
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