Best Hikes on O’ahu, Hawaii

I’ve never been to O’ahu (Oahu). Sadly.

But it’s high on my list.

The hike that jumps to mind first is the Haʻikū Stairs, also known as the Stairway to Heaven or Haʻikū Ladder.

Sadly, those 3000 stairs are closed. Plans are to have them removed as a safety precaution.

Backpacker magazine posted their list of BEST HIKES on the island.

  • Our Top Hike on O’ahu: Diamond Head
  • Best Rainforest Hike on O’ahu: Manoa Falls Trail
  • Best Hike on O’ahu for Views: Kuliouou Ridge Trail
  • Best Scramble on O’ahu: Olomana Trail
  • Best Adventure Hike on O’ahu: Moanalua/Kamananui Valley Trail
  • Best Climb on O’ahu: Kokohead Lookout
  • Best Hike on O’ahu for Hot Weather: Aiea Loop Trail
Diamond Head

AllTrails users rank Koko Crater Tramway to Kokohead Lookout as even better than Diamond Head.

Hiking Cruz del Carmen to Hidalgo, Canary Islands

The specific trail is numbered PR-TF 10 Cruz del Carmen to La Punta del Hidalgo.

Definitely one of the best hikes on Tenerife island.

I caught 2 buses to get to Cruz del Carmen, off the main roadways. 

From there it was 5.3km to Chinamada.  And a further 4.5km to Punta del Hidalgo on the coast.  A descent of about 916m on mixed surface, some sharp and volcanic.  You need good shoes and plenty of water.  

I had downloaded an AllTrails map, but never used it as trails here are very well marked. 

It was warm in November. But not too hot.

Near the tourist information office at the start, there is a weird bug.

Even more surprising was this bouquet set into a tree near the start.

Dropping in elevation, the vegetation changes.  Near Cruz del Carmen it’s relatively lush laurel forest.  After Chinamada it’s arid brushwood and cactus.  

The only wildlife I saw was birds and lizards. 

I would say the Chinamada to Hidalgo section is the more spectacular half.   Plenty of steep cliffs — though nothing dangerous. 

My favourite parts were while approaching the Atlantic. That’s Punta del Hidalgo in the distance.

Indigenous people lived in natural caves on this part of the island.  As did I.   😀 

Once I got to town next morning, the main attraction is the Punta del Hidalgo Lighthouse, the strangest I’ve ever seen.  Unequal and irregular columns of increasing height rising from a triangular base.

Built 1992, it’s 50-metres-high (160 ft).

This is the end of the line for the bus along the coast. A quaint town.

 I caught a different bus back to the main highway .  Bus service on Tenerife is excellent running every half hour or less, even on Sundays. 

related – Hello Canary Islands

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