Important Things to Know When Hiking Honolua Ridge

The Honolua Ridge Trail is an iconic hiking trail in Hawaii that takes hikers through rainforest and up to a stunning view of the island of Kaua’i. The ridge offers many different trails, but for the beginner or intermediate hiker, knowing the important things to know is key to a successful hike. In this blog post, some basics that will help you have a great Honolua ridgeline hike.

1. Know your elevation gain and loss. The Honolua Ridge Trail climbs 1,000 feet in elevation over its 8-mile length and drops 1,000 feet back down again. This makes for a total elevation gain of 2,000 feet! Knowing this ahead of time will help you plan your pacing and give you a general idea of how hard the hike is going to be.

2. Bring plenty of water and snacks. Not only will you need to drink plenty of fluids while hiking, but also snacks will be essential to keep your energy up during long hikes like The Honolua Ridge Trail. Pack plenty of food and drink enough so that you don’t have to stop for anything along the way.

3. Plan your route ahead of time. This is especially important on a long hike like The Honolua Ridge Trail. Take your time and plan each step you’re going to take along the trail and know where you want to stop before you actually get there. Having a map or GPS is essential if you plan on hiking solo, but if you don’t have either of these devices with you, simply use your memory to keep track of where you need to go and what landmarks will help you remember how to get there when the time comes for the hike to end.

4. Pack up slowly. This one goes without saying, but it’s very important that you don’t rush yourself while leaving your car at the trailhead ( or while returning, if you’re hiking in the opposite direction).

Don’t forget to stretch before starting your hike. Being stiff and sore from a long day of walking is not how you want to remember the experience. Stretching out for about 5 minutes will help loosen up those muscles so that when you get on the trail, you don’t feel like you’re struggling just to walk at all.