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The Hawaiian Pyramid Hike (Pu'u Heleakala)

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"Watch your step. You could fall in love with the view."

Updated: February 1, 2016

Location: The Hawaiian Pyramid Hike located in Waianae. Amazing views and a great workout.

Type: Ridge hike

Hike Difficulty: Intermediate

Total Time: 3 hours

Distance: 3 miles

Elevation:

Things to Consider

  • Kid friendly: no
  • Pet Friendly: no
  • The Waianae side is extremely hot so be sure to bring sun screen. Most of the hike is out in the open with no shade.
  • This hike goes through a residential area to get to the trail head. Please be courteous to the residents.
  • The grass is high and overgrown in some parts, so you may want to bring long sleeve and long pants if you don't want to get scratched by the branches.
  • There are a lot of false peaks, meaning the trail goes up and down, up and down mountains until finally reaching the lookout. Be forewarned!
  • There are two routes up, from the Southwest Ridge and Northwest Ridge. Traditional route being the Southwest.

Your hiking backpack

  • Sun Screen
  • 2 to 3 Liter of water
  • Snacks
  • GoPro/camera for beautiful pictures of the West side!

Directions

For Southwest ridge: Head down Farrington Hwy towards Waianae. Turn right onto Helelua street. Follow it until the end of the road until you reach a culdesac neighborhood. Park outside the turn around point and walk in. You have to pass through the housing and sort-of tresspass over property to reach the trail head. Just be courteous of the neighbors around the area and don't do anything to upset them. You will know it is the trail because you see the giant mountain in the back of the housing, which is the ridge going up to Pu'u Heleakala. There is no trail in the beginning until you start heading up the ridge.

Our Journey

This hike can be taxing on the body because of all the false peaks you encounter. The brush towards the end is very thick and can give you cuts and scratches if you aren't wearing proper clothing. However, the views are amazing immediately from the start. I took the Southwest ridge to go up because it is not as direct as the other route. It may be a little longer in distance, but you will be thankful that the hills aren't as steep as going the other route. You can go up one ridge and go down the other, but I chose to go back down the same way I came. It would be a far walk back to the car if I went down the Northwest ridge instead. The hike took about an hour and a half to reach the lookout point. Then I wandered around looking for the Buddha statue, but couldn't find it. As of now, the pyramid is green due to all the rain we've been having. I think it looks cooler and more like a pyramid when the grass is all dried up. I shall come back to this hike some day, maybe in the summer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Immediately from the start you get a nice view looking back.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Looking out towards the right, leaving civilization.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The view of the ridge we need to climb!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The first marker on the way up.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A good spot to relax and enjoy the view before the sweat and tears!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Up and down ridges, how fun!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Is this the end?? Nope. Just another false peak.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The ridge gets narrow and crumbly at parts, but nothing too dangerous.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amazing view of the valley!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gaining elevation finally!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I love the West side views, but dislike the heat!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Almost at the pyramid now, I think!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And finally! There it is! The Hawaiian Pyramid!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can even hike down to it to get a closer view!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alright, time to head back towards civilization!

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