If you are looking for an easy hike to do with your children that has absolutely gorgeous views all around then this is the hike for you. It is a paved hike, with a lighthouse, and several resting spots. There's four different paths but the paved one is very stroller friendly and perfect for taking all those young ones with you. The views are amazing the whole way up with several resting/view points. Here's what you will need to enjoy every minute of your experience here.
The trail, though it's paved, it's not shaded so sunscreen, hydration, sunglasses, and headgear should be on your list. Especially hydration. On your walk up the mountain you will get very thirsty so I recommend bringing a Hydroflask or Camelback with you. I prefer the Hydroflask cause it always keeps your water nice and cold. The Camelback on the other hand is good cause you can carry it as a backpack but you have to put a lot of ice in it for the water to stay cold as long as possible. You should also use sunblock for you and your kiddos so you can prevent sunburns. Like it's not shaded you will be under direct sunlight about 95% of the trail.
Like the trail is paved, you can bring a stroller for the little ones in case they get tired or an Ergo or Tula. I say Ergo or Tula baby carriers cause in my opinion they are the most comfortable ones to carry your little ones in without hurting your back or causing hip dislocations on your babies. I have arthritis on my back and these two have been the best baby carriers I have ever used and highly recommend them to anyone, especially if you have any type of back problems.
Like the trail is not shaded, I recommend doing this one before the day gets too hot. Try to arrive early and enjoy the nice cool ocean breeze before the sun comes burning down on you. Also there's no restrooms here so bring wipes or toilet paper with you just in case. There is no drinking water here either. It's a 2 mile round trip trail taking you from the parking lot all the way up to the lookout up top. You will be going up to an elevation of approximately 500 feet
There's a few other trails. The main trail is paved and as you work your way up you will find unpaved trails drifting off to the sides. First one takes you to the Makapu'u Tide Pools. These are gorgeous though I couldn't take the trail that day like I had a stroller and little ones with me but if you do take this trail please be very careful. There has been many people that have been careless and gotten seriously hurt.
The next unpaved trail that you will see drift off to the right side is the one that takes you straight to the lighthouse. Once again I didn't take this trail either. I tried to just do the paved trail cause of the stroller and cause my little one was very tired by the time we were reaching the top.
The following unpaved trail is to the left and it takes you up to the pillbox which I really wanted to go to but didn't this day. I'm hoping to go again with my husband so I can have more help with the kiddos. Safety comes first always in my books.
At the end of the trail you will reach a scenic point where you over look the bay and can take pictures. This spot is absolutely stunning. I took several pictures here. It is currently under construction to make the area bigger to view and rest before heading back down but it should be opened up within the next couple of months. Don't let this change your plans though, the hike is beautiful and you won't regret it. The views and everything are just amazing. Below are a few of the pictures from our hike.
I hope this post helps you get ready for the hike. Don't forget to share. If you have done this hike, feel free to comment below with your experience. I would love to hear from my readers. Mahalo.
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