10 miles
4,553 ft
-5,206 ft
Avg time

Maunawili Trail Details

  • Riding Area
    Kailua, Hawaii
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
  • Physical Rating
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  • Global Ranking
  • Year Opened
  • Land Manager
    State of Hawaii

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 Smile

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.

source: MTB Hawaii
Access Info

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 bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -654 ft
  • Altitude min
    177 ft
  • Altitude max
    1,184 ft
  • Altitude start
    838 ft
  • Altitude end
    184 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    4 miles
  • Distance down
    5 miles
  • Distance flat
    2,896 ft
  • Avg time
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on Jun 8, 2017
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Maunawili Trail Trail Reports

Jun 8, 2017 @ 9:42am
Jun 8, 2017
About 10 or 15 hike a bike points but enjoyable!
Mar 19, 2017 @ 11:20pm
Mar 19, 2017
About 10 or 15 hike a bike points but enjoyable!
Mar 19, 2017 @ 11:19pm
Mar 19, 2017
About 10 to 15 hike a bike points, still enjoyable!
Feb 4, 2016 @ 1:13pm
Feb 4, 2016
Many large trees down on the trail.
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Jul 17, 2014 @ 4:44pm
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Jul 17, 2014 @ 4:43pm
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Maunawili Trail, Kailua
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Jul 17, 2014 @ 4:43pm
Jul 17, 2014
Maunawili Trail, Kailua

3 Reviews & Comments

  • + 1
flag karl-burkat Mod (Apr 25, 2014 at 10:31)
 crazy elevation gain. Good job.
  • + 0
flag GreenDolphin (Feb 26, 2018 at 11:11)
 I rode this January 2018 and there were tons of trees down completely blocking the trail in many places. More of a hike than a bike... be prepared to bushwhack while dragging your bike along. Make sure you start early in the day
  • + 1
flag XCBiker71 (May 23, 2018 at 14:12)
 Im coming to Honolulu in June/ July 2018 id like to meet some fellow mtb to ride this track, if you can drop me a line to darrensmith71@outlook.com.au

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