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Kaena Point

Average Rating:    (2.5 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 8

An easy, but extremely rocky and extremely beautiful 5-mile trail (10 mile out and back) that wraps around the base of a mountain. On one side of you is the mountain on the other waves crashing against the rocks. There is one washout you must hike through. There is a rope which comes in handy when you're holding a bike in one hand. Trail comes out at a lovely beach which makes for a nice dip. Then you turn around and retrace your steps, ending up with a 10 mile ride back at the cars. Kaena point, the westernmost point on Oahu, is where ancient Hawaiians believed their souls departed to the afterlife. It's worth it to hike about a quarter mile (through sand) just about midway through the trail to the point to look out over the water. Aloha.
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Latitude
21.553208864320208
Longitude
-158.24655532836914
Trail Directions
From Haleiwa follow the main drag west out of town, around the traffic circle then take a right when that road ends in a T intersection. Follow that road to the end and park in the lot.
Trail Length
5 miles
Trail Level
Beginner
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Haleiwa
   


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Review Date
August 5, 2007

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 1 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: kyletanaka ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Great for beginners. Not really a bike trail as it is more a jeep road for 4x4s. Rocky and flat is best to describe it. Suggest a hydration pack, even two water bottles won't do it. It's very hot! Use sunscreen. If your a experienced rider, perhaps hitting the trail fast, at full speed will make it more enjoyable to ride.

The ride isn't exhausting, but the sun will beat you up.

I prefer trails in the mountains.

Recommended Route:
none

Other recommended trails in the same area:
none



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Review Date
May 1, 2006

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

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Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: crager34 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
A good breaking to Hawaii riding, if you want the ocean near by. Wonderful views with flat, somewhat rocky terrain. Good beginer route. Wash out is fine, just use your head when crossing it.



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Review Date
November 23, 2004

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: helmach ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Coming from the mainland I wouldn't even consider this a bike trail. It is a fire road. The ocean view is wonderful but the ride itself is lame. Would be just as rewarding on foot. At least then you could watch for whales. That would be the most exciting thing about this ride.

Gets very hot, and sometimes becomes one large pond. If you see puddles (or small ponds) at the beginning, don't do what I did and think it will get dry down the trail...it only gets worse. It it is wet, save yourself a wasted day and go to the beach.

Recommended Route:
Take Farrington Hwy as far North as it will go. Crime is a problem here, so don't leave valuables in your car.



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Review Date
June 28, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Bikingman , from Kapolei

Summary:
Fun trail, though a bit rocky and you'll share most of the route with off road motor vehicles especially weekends. Bring lots of water and dress properly, Kaena point is hot as hell with little shade available. Other than that, it's pretty easy even for someone out of shape. Full suspension helps a great deal here.

Recommended Route:
All the way!



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Review Date
November 7, 2002

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Clinton Williams , from Mililani, HI

Summary:
I'm a relatively new rider and have only ridden a few trails in Hawaii. I began at the west edge of Haleiwa (probably a bit too much for a beginner), but had the afternoon free and wanted a work out. The first 7-8 miles are on hard road (some cars, but none too fast or close). Getting to the unimproved road and trail were a breeze, however once I got past where most cars couldnt drive, the road/trail turned out to be extremely rocky. I have a Gary Fisher hardtail and the uneven trail made me quite sore after the fact. At times it felt like my bike was going to fall apart, but the final mile or so is pretty smooth, except from where you have to carry your bike past a wash out. As mentioned by another reviewer, the headwind on the way back was tough, and at that point I wished I hadn't parked so far away. If you have a way to coordinate a ride to pick you up in Makaha or Wainaie, or even farther down to the south shore, I'm pretty sure you could make it all the way around (probably another 5-7 miles of dirt trail. Make sure to bring sunscreen and water/gatorade. One could even stop to swim at a number of areas if so inclined. If you ride from Haleiwa, you can stop at the Dillingham Beach park and get water from the drinking fountains. Other than the rough trail, easy ride even for beginners.

Recommended Route:
Intermediate - from Haleiwa (25 miles)
Beginner - from Dillingham Beach Park (12 miles)



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