6 miles
1,437 ft
-599 ft
1,237 ft
High Point

Old Pali Road Details

  • Riding area
    Kailua, Hawaii
  • Difficulty rating
  • Trail type
    Paved Path
  • Bike type
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
  • Physical rating
  • Season
  • Ride in rain
  • Global Ranking
  • Land Manager
    State of Hawaii

Old Pali Road is a great ride on a rainy day. Pretty much the entire trail is paved so mud and traction are not an issue. The trail is so overgrown with greenery that it feels like single track in many places. The views are spectacular.

Parking is easy, it's across the street from Castle Hospital at the park with the fountain. Refer the Google Directions below.

You will be riding through some neighborhoods at first, then up some steep back road until you arrive at the Pali, Kamehameha intersection. Cross the intersection and head up the Pali taking the first right. You will soon reach a gate/fence for the Old Pali Road. Keep climbing until you reach the Pali lookout.

At points on the Old Pali Road the greenery is so overgrown it feels like single track although the ground is paved. It's fun to ride under the Pali highway too. At one point you climb a little ladder and are about 10 feet away from the cars screaming by on the Pali. I thought it must be kind of funny to be driving down the Pali Hwy and to see random mountain bikers popping out of the cliffs on the side of the road!

Later in the ride you will be looking down at the cars driving by on the Pali Hwy as well has have the entire Windward side of the island in view. It's spectacular. Keep riding till you get to the Pali lookout and enjoy when all the tourist tell you how amazing you are to have ridden your bike up that far.

From here it's pretty much all downhill except for one climb right before the park where your car will be.

I would recommend this ride to most people. Be prepared to get a workout, it's a long steady climb. Not really technical and relatively safe. There are some odd sections where you have to duck under some low hanging freeways Smile climb a ladder with your bike etc, but overall it's a nice mellow, enjoyable ride.

source: MTB Hawaii
Access Info

Google directions: https://goo.gl/maps/kX1gj

More Stats for Old Pali Road mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    837 ft
  • Altitude min
    64 ft
  • Altitude start
    168 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,005 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    3 miles
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,513 ft
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Old Pali Road Trail Reports

Oct 15, 2017 @ 10:23pm
Oct 15, 2017
Super fun trail, great views and you surprise the tourists when you emerge at the lookout if you climb it. However, the large amount of sticks and...
Nov 12, 2016 @ 11:41am
Nov 12, 2016
Was fine yesterday - even for a road bike!
Feb 2, 2016 @ 12:33am
Feb 2, 2016
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Jan 7, 2016 @ 1:47am
Jan 7, 2016
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