10 Awesome Baby-Wearing Hikes on Oahu You Should Try

[dropcap]N[/dropcap]o matter what type of carrier, we all love to baby-wear our children. So why not see what the island of Oahu really has to offer by checking out a few really great baby-wearing friendly hikes. Below you will find ten great hikes that offer spectacular views, or beautiful flowing waterfalls. Most of the featured hikes are kid-friendly as well, and vary from beginner to advanced.

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Disclaimer: Please do your own research before hiking any of these trails. Only you know what your family is comfortable with. Always be prepared with plenty of water, sunscreen, mosquito repellent, and snacks for your little ones. Not all of the featured hikes are legal and you will be hiking at your own risk. Stay safe and happy hiking to all the baby-wearing ohana!

Hamama Falls

Located in Kaneohe, this hike features a beautiful waterfall at the end, and you will not be disappointed. The trail is 3.5 miles round trip, and is a gravel road the entire way up. This hike is great for the whole family little walkers or riders. There is no shade so remember your sunscreen, bug spray for all the mosquitoes and plenty of water.

Here’s How to Get There

Hop on either the Pali Highway or the Likelike Highway and drive toward the Valley of the Temples Memorial Park in Kaneohe. You’ll then pass the historic Hygienic Store (Founded in 1907) near the intersection of Kahekili and Kamehameha Highway. Just past the Hygienic Store will be Waihe’e Road, turn left here. The road ends at a metal gate. This is the trailhead. You’ll park in the neighborhood.


Aiea Loop Trail

This 5 mile loop trail, located in Aiea, is an awesome stroll through the forest, and a great view of the H3 and Pearl Harbor. It can be super muddy in the winter months, and there will be plenty of mosquitoes. This trail can be very narrow at times and there are steep drop offs. You will find it to be mostly shaded here and there will will be lots of exposed roots. If your family is into geocaching the oldest one on Oahu is located here. Don’t forget to check out the old plane crash located about half way into the trail, and the history behind it.

Here’s How to Get There

Follow H-1 to Moanalua Highway (Hwy. 78). Take the Aiea cutoff to the third traffic light, make a right turn at ‘Aiea Heights Drive and follow it about 3 miles up to the end of the road. The trail head to the Aiea Loop Trail is located at the end of the road.

Waimano Valley

Located in Pearl City, this 2 mile loop trail begins at the split-off from the ridge trail. Keep to the left where it will lead you down to a path that follows a river bed on the left, and dense forest on the right. The trail veers back up a slope to connect with the upper waimano trail. Here you will find old irrigation ditches that are perfect for your keiki to explore. Helments for the little ones and flashlights are recommended if you plan on exploring these tunnels. Don’t forget a bag for picking the yummy strawberry guava, sunscreen, and bug repellent. Once you have reached the connection with the upper trail there are steep drop offs and no shade. This is also a popular hunting trail so please be mindful of what is going on around you and make sure to sign in at the mailbox when you arrive.

Here’s How to Get There

Take 78 West for a stretch before rejoining H-1 West. Take exit 10, turning right onto Moanalua Road, then turn right onto Waimano Home Road. Follow the road until it ends at a guard shack. Park in the dirt area on the left, just before the shack.

Kaena Point

There is a lot I could say about this trail, and it is one of my favorites for many reasons. I have only hiked this trail from the North Shore side and it never disappoints. Kaena Point is 6 miles roundtrip, and is more like a really long hot walk down a dirt road. In Hawaiian Ka’ena means “the heat” and boy does it get hot, so make sure you have plenty of sunscreen and water. To the left of this path you get an awesome view of the Waianae Mountain Range, and to the right you get the beautiful ocean where you can see clear blue water,secluded beaches, and miles of lava rock. The end of this dirt road leads you to a 59 acre sanctuary where it houses the albatross birds and monk seals. Always be mindful and respectful of the animals around you. Pets are also not permitted once you enter the sanctuary.

Here’s How to Get There

To access the Mokule’ia end, take H2 to Kaukonahua Road (Route 803) then to Farrington Highway (Route 930). Go past Waialua and about 1 mile past Camp Erdman. The trailhead begins where the paved road ends and a rough 4-wheel drive road begins.

Kuliouou Ridge Trail

If you are looking for a challenge then this trail is definitely for you! Kuliouou is located in Hawaii Kai, and is a 5 mile long ridge trail. This trail is very popular and often crowded, especially on the weekends. This hike is pretty advanced, especially if you are baby-wearing as it is mostly incline the entire way up. The trail starts out as a set of switchbacks that zigzag up the mountain side with views of the valley every time there is a clearing. What I love about Kuliouou Ridge Trail is that the environment keeps changing around you. You will eventually be making your way through a forest of huge pine trees. Keep an eye out for the pink ribbons as the trail is not clearly marked at all times. Redy to burn your buns? You will be faced with several series of stairs that will lead you to the end of the trail that is marked with a sign. This hike is not easy, especially when it has been raining, as there will be lots of mud. If you have a little walker they must be an extremely good listener. There are steep drop offs and parts where they will probably have to be carried as well.

Here’s How to Get There

Kuliouou Ridge Trail is located just past the Hawaii Loa Ridge Trail, but before the Mariners Ridge Trail. Make your way on to H1 east bound and continue on to Kalanianaole Highway and then turn left on to Kuliouou Road. Follow the road just before it ends and then turn right at Kalaau Pl. The trailhead is locate the end of this street. Make your way past the Board of Water Supply concrete resevoir and follow the road until you see a Hunting/Hiking trail sign on your left. This is the start of the trail. Follow the path until you reach a metal marker indicating the split to the Kuliouou Valley and Kuliouou Ridge Trails.

Lulumahu Falls

It’s quite the adventure trying to find this 50 ft plus waterfall! Located right off the Pali, this 3.5 mile trail starts after entering through a whole in the fence. The mark for the start of this trail is an old hunting station. Around the corner you make your way up old stone stairs and follow along past the reservoir. Follow the dirt trail towards the mountains. Walk past the graffitied wall and around the fenced water pump, you will be looking for a second set of stone stairs. From here the path meets up with the stream, and it’s an uphill battle from here. Keep an eye out for ribbons tied to the trees the pathway isn’t always clear. You will be crossing the stream, climbing large boulders, and walking along thin pathways. Lulumahu is considered an intermediate hike and should not be attempted after a heavy rain shower. The trail is pretty shaded most of the way and you will most definitely need bug spray! Please also be mindful not to leave your valuables in the car this is a high theft area!

Here’s How to Get There: take the H-1 Freeway and headed west…Take the Pali Hwy (Hwy 61)
Take the Old Pali Road exit (Nuuanu Pali Dr)
Follow the Old Pali Road until it loops back onto the Pali Hwy.
Park in the turn around spot right before this road ends 
The Board of Water Supply gate is located right in this area

Friendship Garden

Located in Kaneohe, this 1.2 mile beginner trail would be what I considered a little hidden gem. Getting there is half the challenge as you can barely see it from the road, and parking is extremely limited. Once you have arrived at the trail make sure to pick up a map to reference where you are. This trail consists of an upper and lower loop. IF you are feeling adventurous take the upper loop but there will be more of an incline and you will definitely need sunscreen. On the trail you will find tons of Hawaiian plants and wildlife, along with a Japanese style tea house. This trail is mostly shaded and not very wide maybe a foot or so. There are steep drop offs, but definitely doable if you have a little walker. Lets not forget the awesome view of Kaneohe Bay and Kailua.

Here’s How to Get There

Take the H-1 and take Take Exit 21B for HI-61 N/Pali Highway. Turn left onto HI-83 N/Kamehameha Hwy. Turn right onto Mokulele Drive. Turn right onto Kaneohe Bay Drive. Pass the Camp Kokokahi YWCA on your left and then turn right onto Kokokahi Place. Follow Kokokahi Place to the end until you reach the start of the Friendship Garden. Find parking alongside the road.

Likeke Falls

This trail is fairly easy and can be done two ways. The easiest is to start at the Koolau Golf Course and park in the very back of the parking lot. The path for this starts to the left where there is a maintenance road that leads to a water tank. This trail can be pretty muddy at times, but should only take around 20 minutes to reach the falls. The trail is pretty shaded, but you will definitely need bug spray for this one. There are small pools located at the base of the waterfall, perfect for lettling the keiki splash around. If you choose to start this from the Pali lookout it is 3.5 miles roundtrip.

Here’s How to Get There

Directions:45-550 Kionaole Road, Kaneohe, Oahu, HI 96744

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  1. Hey girl! Love this post would u want to hike together at some point?? 😉 how old is your baby now?

  2. I thoroughly enjoyed reading your article on “10 Awesome Baby-Wearing Hikes on Oahu You Should Try.” As an outdoor enthusiast and a proponent of baby-wearing, I found your suggestions and insights incredibly valuable.

    It’s wonderful to see a resource that encourages parents to explore the beautiful hiking trails of Oahu while keeping their little ones close and engaged. Your detailed descriptions of each hike, along with helpful tips and recommendations, make it easier for families to plan their outdoor adventures.

    I particularly appreciate how you emphasized safety and comfort throughout the article. Providing information on appropriate carriers, sun protection, and hydration is crucial for parents who may be new to baby-wearing and hiking. It’s evident that you have a genuine understanding of the needs and concerns of both parents and babies in outdoor settings.

    Moreover, I found the inclusion of specific trail features, such as scenic views, waterfall spots, and accessible routes, very useful. It allows families to select hikes that align with their preferences and abilities. Your personal anecdotes and beautiful accompanying photos further bring the hikes to life, making readers even more excited to embark on these adventures.

    I would like to express my gratitude for compiling such a comprehensive list of baby-wearing hikes on Oahu. Your article serves as a fantastic resource for local families and visitors alike who want to explore the island’s natural beauty while creating lasting memories with their little ones.

    Thank you for sharing your expertise and passion for the outdoors. I look forward to reading more of your articles and discovering new hiking trails with my family.

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