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Lanikai Pill Box Trail (Ka'iwa Ridge Trail)

Intermediate
 4.2 (23)

A short hike up to two pillboxes that give you a good view of Lanikai Beach.


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Map Key

1.6

Miles

2.6

KM

Point to Point

583' 178 m

High

89' 27 m

Low

581' 177 m

Up

636' 194 m

Down

14%

Avg Grade (8°)

56%

Max Grade (29°)

Dogs Unknown

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Description

The trailhead is marked "Pillbox" and starts with an incline that levels out eventually when you reach the first pillbox. You can see the second pillbox from the first one. From start to the second pillbox is about .5 miles.

The first quarter of the trail is has some loose dirt and rocks that are easy to slip on but it's very do-able. There are some shrubs along the way, but it's a very defined trail and there's not much to block your path. Once you reach the peak, the pillboxes are visible and there is not much of a grade for the rest of the trail. If you continue past the second pillbox there will be thicker brush to scratch at your legs and maybe poke your shoulders, but the trail is still fairly defined and easy to follow.

There will be a left turn that leads into a saddle. Once at the end of the saddle you'll descend through thick brush that will require you to slow down until you eventually hit the pavement where you can go back to your car or cool down in the waters of Lanikai Beach.

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Steven Chavez

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  4.2 from 23 votes

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Photos

Gorgeous views of Lanikai
Jan 3, 2018 near Waimanalo, HI
Lanikai.
Aug 23, 2016 near Kailua, HI
First rest/view stop on the way up
Jan 3, 2018 near Kailua, HI
Inside the pillbox on Pill Box Trail.
Aug 23, 2016 near Kailua, HI
Enjoy gorgeous ocean views from the trail.
May 18, 2017 near Kailua, HI
Taking in the views!
Aug 23, 2016 near Kailua, HI

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Jul 19, 2021
Gerald Murphy
Jun 15, 2021
Sarah Martin
Easy short hike with amazing views!
Mar 23, 2021
Sterling Wood
Did this hike with my parents and siblings , everyone handled it well and there are a few geocaches along the way which made it fun.
Jan 10, 2021
Nicholas Riffitts
Dec 27, 2020
Tianlong Yun
Jan 2, 2020
Phil Herriott
1.6mi — 2h 40m
Jun 14, 2019
Peter Sneeringer
Very hot afternoon. Loose footing in a few places. Great views of lanakai. 1mi
Apr 26, 2019
Michaela Thormod