Makiki Valley Loop Trail

Makiki Valley Loop Trail

Three Words! Misleading, Long, Misquotes


First of all, I had a hard time finding the beginning of this trail! Everywhere online it’s posted “Hawaiʻi Nature Center, 2131 Makiki Heights Drive”.  GPS wasn’t very helpful. Eventually, after driving back and forth, I turned left into a small driveway off Makiki Heights Drive where there were three mailboxes. It looked like private property but after a few misdirects, I followed my gut.20171228_095708

Secondly, everywhere online, it’s posted as an “easy hike” and “kid friendly.” Very misleading! I ended up hiking this trail with a friend and her two kids along with my 18-month-old and 7-year-old. This hike is NOT toddler-friendly. Much too long and too hard! The incline was high; there was a few edges, muddy spots, misquotes, and long. 2.5 miles with kids and a toddler took half the day.  I mainly carried my little one the whole time without a carrier. #mommyguns

FB_IMG_1514504915637Hard to believe, but I did enjoy myself. Simply had different expectations.

The hike was beautiful, physically challenging, and the older kids had a blast. They were exploring their surroundings and enjoying nature.


Want to hike this trail again but without my toddler.


Level of difficulty

My opinion, Moderate. Not easy, not painful, not hard….. but moderate. It’s elevated, long, and confusing. It feels long because you end up doubting yourself during the trail. Wondering if you are on the right path. Take a picture of the map posted in the begging of the trail and follow the signs for Makiki Loop Trail.

What to bring

Misquote spray, sunblock, good hiking shoes, and possibly a printed map of the trail? You won’t have internet connection on the trail.

How to get there

“Hawaiʻi Nature Center, 2131 Makiki Heights Drive”  * Laughing *

Got good directions? Feel free to comment below!


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