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Maunawili Trail

Average Rating:    (4.15 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 13

Long single track contouring the Koolau Mountains. Spectacular views of the mountains, ocean, and lush tropical valleys. Final third is mostly fast and downhill. Ends up in Waimanalo for pick up or ride back.
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Latitude
21.364050595682297
Longitude
-157.78032302856445
Trail Directions
From Waikiki head West on H1 to Pali Highway off-ramp. Take off-ramp and head North up Pali Highway. Go through the tunnel and proceed 1 mile down the hill. Watch for a scenic viewpoint at the hairpin turn. Park in the lot there. The trailhead will be to the right as you're facing the ocean.
Trail Length
10 miles one way.
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Kailua
   


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Review Date
September 12, 2011

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: kinsler ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
10 mile long trail that starts at the top of Pali and runs into 'Nalo. I mostly run on this trail, although it can be ridden. The middle 3-4 miles will be hike a bike torture with wet unridable rocks. Do not ride during the winter/rainy season as the trail can be extremely muddy and overgrown. The bottom section is pretty reasonable and there is a link up for other local 'nalo/Norfolk trails. First several miles have amazing views.

Recommended Route:
Start at the Pali overlook on the Kailua side and shuttle a car to the end in 'Nalo. Beware of car break-ins!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Norfolk trails, Sunset Hills (North Shore Oahu)



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Review Date
August 17, 2011

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: tbrinkhuis ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This trail is about 11 miles long and i walked my bike about 3-4 miles of it. That said this trail is amazing once you get past that point. I think it is well worth it. Also I have lived on island for a little more than 2 yours and this is one of the most beautiful rides/trail i have ever been on.

**Make sure you have someone waiting for you at the bottom ;)

Recommended Route:
I always park at the Pali lookout and take the old Pali hwy down to the trail. The trail splits off right before it passes under the Pali. take the trail on the right

Other recommended trails in the same area:
At the end of this trail there is the ditch trail which is about another 4 miles.



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Review Date
December 6, 2010

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: ironstalin ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Pictures scenery, absolutely beautiful all the way, worth pushing 30% of the distance. In many places the trail gets so close to the cliff, that you better watch out. Vegetation could be hiding a steep drop down if you veer off. When I rode it the trail, it was way over grown, but someone was making an effort to clear it out. This could be an awesome trail if cleared of fallen trees and other debris. I would not recommend for biking it unless it's cleared, hiking is prefered. The view worth all the pushing.

Recommended Route:
Pali lookout.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
St.Louis and Mililani are must when in Oahu. I heard of Royal Summit but did not make it during my visit to my disappointment. I heard it's a great trail in Oahu



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Review Date
July 1, 2009

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: pilgirm808 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Super fun trail with different sections for riders of all skill levels. I didn't take it from the Pali, I took it from the Waimanalo residential area. Climb is pretty tough but worth it. After the initial climb, you can take the ridge line trail, its kinda sketchy in some parts but the views are really nice. Or you can veer right and go down the river path just, be careful on the decent when wet, the river stones get pretty slippery.



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Review Date
May 21, 2008

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: super88 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Rode this one based on the write-up in John Alford's book on Mountain Biking the Hawaiian Islands, and because it was the longest single track ride on Ohau. Parked at the first scenic turn-out after the Pali tunnels. The first mile is a bit... of walking. After that I was able to start cleaning _some_ of the left-handers (you'll see what I mean.) The shady left-handers are quite slick and rocky. If you're alone, I'd advise dismount for many of these. The ride wasn't necessarily "fun" for a first ride. After a few times you'd learn how to take certain obstacles, I s'pose.

Another interesting factor: at times the trail looks wider than it is! The flora grows up adjacent to the edge of the trail. So what looks like grass at times is actually air occupied by leaves. When in doubt, stay toward the mountain.

My advice: don't ride this alone/at least bring a cell phone.

Rented my hardtail from John Alford's outfit (www.bikehawaii.com), though it isn't their normal business. $40 for the day. It was a Kona, something. Not great, but I can honestly say I probably wouldn't have done any better on either of my bikes. I was a bit embarrassed to have a kickstand though!

Recommended Route:
My route: Parked at the first scenic overlook after the tunnels (from the Honolulu side), rode the trail to the end, took hwy 72 to 61 south back to the car- 2:30, 15 miles by my computer.



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