1 miles
752 ft
-249 ft
Avg time

Old Pali Road Details

  • Riding Area
    Kailua, Hawaii
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Paved Path
  • Bike Type
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Both Directions
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
  • Physical Rating
  • Season
  • Ride in Rain
  • Global Ranking
    #76587 in Mountain Biking
  • 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.

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.

After reaching the lookout, 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

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

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

From the parking area 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.

More Stats for Old Pali Road bike trail
  • Altitude change
    503 ft
  • Altitude min
    659 ft
  • Altitude max
    1,167 ft
  • Altitude start
    659 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,162 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    3,783 ft
  • Distance down
    1,598 ft
  • Distance flat
    148 ft
  • Avg time
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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Trail Difficulties
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  • 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 old-pali-road trailhead (21.370010, -157.788150)
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Old Pali Road Trail Reports

Sep 11, 2018 @ 3:36pm
Sep 11, 2018
Closed due to falling rock. 6ft high gate.
May 19, 2018 @ 9:01pm
May 19, 2018
Excellent condition, quite overgrown in just one place fro about 30 feet, but still passable. This section will need a trim in the next few...
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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