Kaena Point - Trail, Haleiwa, Hawaii

Kaena Point - Trail, Haleiwa, Hawaii

DESCRIPTION

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.

USER REVIEWS

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[Nov 25, 2008]
Old Man
Racer

Not a bike trail, it's just open rocky area with some graded portions meant for jeeps and atv's. Not that much fun, unfortunately, as it's very rocky, rutted, and gets too hot with no shade. The views are nice though, but while on the bike you have to concentrate too much on your path and are jarred around to the point of having a concussion, so you lose the scenic aspect. I'd recommend walking instead, it's just one of those areas where it makes much more sense to do.

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2
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3
[Jul 06, 2008]
tooofly
Weekend Warrior

good stuff no matter how much of a great cyclist you think you are. beautiful views, good easy ride, but hot as hell!

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5
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2
[Aug 05, 2007]
kyletanaka
Weekend Warrior

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.

Customer Service

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1
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1
[Aug 08, 2006]
jen briggs
Downhiller

eh, Haole...

Helmach who wrote da review beLow:

You missed da hip jump, 18 foot step up, and da 23 foot step down gap on the sides of dis trail.

You so busy rushin in da mainland, you write da bad reviews, you blind.

Maybe breath relax and stop to look around a bit to appreciate the natural beauty, and you'll see what you're missin'.. as well as see the free ride options that are plentifull.

aloha,

jen-

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5
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3
[May 01, 2006]
crager34
Cross Country Rider

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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3
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2
[Nov 23, 2004]
helmach
Cross Country Rider

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.

Customer Service

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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1
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2
[Nov 05, 2001]
BILL

PRETTY BUMBY RIDE BUT AWESOME.WHEN WE WENT IT RAINED SO HARD THAT IT WAS STINGING ARE EYES. GOOD TRAIL.

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2
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[Nov 26, 2001]
RATT

FUN RIDE FOR ALL LEVELS. BEAUTIFUL VIEW OF THE PAC. OCEAN, JUST LOOK OUT FOR THE 4WD'S!

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2
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[Aug 14, 2002]
louisurfer

Just so you can gauge what this ride means to you, I'm about an intermediate rider and do about 40 miles per week in the San Bernardino Nat'l Forest and Orange County areas in Southern Calif.

My folks live in Honolulu, so room, car and food was pretty much free. My plane ticket was bought on mileage points.This time of year (off-season, non-holiday) a ticket will run you 350-400. Hotel prices are relatively cheap becuase of a bad Hawaii recession and 9/11.

Well where do I start?... Kaena Point is a Western Most point on Oahu. The park is located on the North Shore which is about a 45 drive from Waikiki. I rented a bike from Barnfields' Raging Isle, a multi-sport shop that specializes in MTB, Surfing, Windsurf equipment
etc. It was a dual suspension Marin. I had my own shoes, helmet. Mind you, there are NOT a lot of places to rent high end MTB's on Oahu. Rental ran $40 and another $65 for a good camelback. I forgot that DS's can't hold 2 large bottles and for a 25 mile ride one bottle wasn't going to cut it. I was very pleased with the camelback performance. Anyways, It took about 45 minutes to get fitted, adjusted, and paperworked out and I was on my way. The people at the shop are way cool. Oh yeah, you should bring your own seat if you
can, the rental seats had me walking bow-legged for 2 days after.

There are 2 ways to do this ride.

A) Beginner - Drive to the trail, park at Mokuleia beach park and dothe 10 mile round trip around Kaena point.

B) Intermediate - Ride from the bike shop 8 miles, do the 10 mile trail and ride 8 miles back.

I choese B. as 10 miles just doesn't do it for me. The 8 miles to the trail is a long, straight, slightly downhill ride down Farrington Rd.
Then 10 miles round trip on the trail. But REMEMBER, the 8 mile ride back is a long, slighty up hill ride WITH 15-20 mph headwinds. This wind really beat me down.

The Kaena point trail itself is very beautiful along the ocean (natural wildlife Sanctuary). I lucked out and it was only 80 degrees with breezes and clouds - occasional showers. The sun reflecting off the ocean can make it very hot. The trails are mostly a fire road and single tracks with some large puddles that you can ride around. Kinda rough as there are a lot of lava rocks, but I didn't get any pinches.

Only one part where the road washed out and I had to climb down and around.

Overall a very scenic trail, not technical at all an relatively flat.

Customer Service

Beginners can start at the trailhead
Intermediates should start at Barnfield's Raging Isle Bike shop.

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4
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[Nov 07, 2002]
Clinton Williams

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.

Customer Service

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

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3
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