Explore Oahu: Kealia Trail

Posted by Sarah Klacik on

Hiking is one of my favorite ways to spend free time. Because of that, I’ve enjoyed a lot of the hikes on Oahu, however, Kealia Trail has become my go-to.

Here’s why:

1. It’s beautiful

Kealia Trail, North Shore Oahu
Kealia Trail, North Shore Oahu
While there is no "breathtaking view" at the top, there are some amazing viewpoints and sights along the way.
Kealia Trail, North Shore Oahu
I love the view of the ocean from the trail. The clouds and lighting are always beautiful.

2. It’s shaded

Kealia Trail, North Shore, Oahu
Shade is a major plus, especially when summer hits! 

3. It’s a good workout

Kealia Trail, North Shore, Oahu
Anyone can hike this trail, but it has a steady incline, with 19 switchbacks. Elevation gain of 1600ft.

4. It fits into your day

Kealia Trail, North Shore, Oahu
Taking your time, you can get up and down in 2 hours.

6. The beach

Beach where "Lost" was filmed, North Shore Oahu
After a hike, I love to jump in the ocean to cool off, and Kealia makes it so easy! This iconic beach (on the other side of Farrington Highway) was where the first few seasons of the TV show “Lost” was filmed. 



    Location: North Shore, Oahu

    Trail length: 2.5 miles

    Elevation gain: 1600 ft

    Directions: Take Farrington Highway west. The trailhead is behind Dillingham Airfield, and is best accessed through the West airfield entrance, closer to Kaena Point. 

    Kealia Trailhead, North Shore Oahu

    Kealia Trailhead, North Shore Oahu


    A mid-sized parking lot can be found at the West side of the airfield, across from the trailhead.


    No. The closest public restroom is miles away, so stop by Coffee Gallery for some hiking fuel, and use the restroom before you set out!

    The Top:

    Kealia Trail

    There is a great place for a picnic at the top, so pack a lunch!

    Kealia Trail

    Insider Info:

    The airfield gate closes at 7pm, so be sure to finish your hike by then!

    Kealia Trail and Access Road is part of the Na Ala Hele Hawaii Trail System. For more information, visit https://hawaiitrails.ehawaii.gov/island.php?island=Oahu


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    • I’ve hiked Peacock flats and Kaena point a few times, but for some reason I keep putting Kealia trail off. After seeing this blog, I think I shall go this weekend. Thanks.

      Catherine on

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