List of dog-friendly hikes and trails on Oahu
HONOLULU (KHON2) — When was the last time you went hiking with your four-legged friend?
Although there are many trails located throughout Oahu, few are pet-friendly.
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Here is a list of pet-friendly hikes you can take your dog on:
- ‘Aiea loop test
- Makapu’u Point Lighthouse Trail
- ‘Ualaka’a Trail
- Wa’ahila Ridge Trail
‘Aiea Loop Trial is a 4.8 mile trial that begins and ends in the park.
This trail runs along the Halawa Valley and offers views of the south coast of O’ahu. Dogs are allowed on the hike on a leash.
To get to this hike, follow H-1 to the Moanalua Highway, take the ‘Aiea cutoff to the third traffic light, then turn right at ‘Aiea Heights Drive.
The second dog-friendly hiking trail is Makapu’u Point Lighthouse Trail. This trail is in the scenic coastline of Kaiwi State and offers views of the southeast coast of O’ahu.
Your dog must be on a leash if you bring them and on a clear day you will be able to see Moloka’i and Lana’i.
This trail is also a great place to see migrating humpback whales in season (November – May).
The park and trailhead is located off the Kalanianaole Highway (Hwy 72) at the most southeastern point of Oahu.
From Honolulu, take the H1 freeway east until it becomes Highway 72. Follow the road past Hawaii Kai, Hanauma Bay and Sandy Beach Park until you reach the park adjacent to the highway.
The third dog-friendly hike to check out is the ‘Ualaka’a trail. This trail begins at Pu’u ‘Ualaka’a State Wayside.
If you and your pup are planning to do this trail, expect a short loop through heavy forest cover. At the uphill end of the trail, you come to a 4-way intersection with the Makiki Valley, Moleka, and Maunalaha trails.
The final dog-friendly trail to check out is the Wa’ahila Ridge Trail. According to the Honolulu Department of Lands and Natural Resources, this ridge hike originates in the Wa’ahila Ridge State Recreation Area and offers great views of native forest and birdlife.
The trail begins at the back of the Wa’ahila Ridge State Recreation Area in ironwoods and guava trees.
It crosses alternately the open ridge and the forest while gradually ascending the ridge between the valleys of Manoa and Palolo.
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All of the trails listed require that you keep your dog on a leash while hiking.