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There’s nothing quite like hiking in paradise.

If you live in or visit Oahu, you know that an outdoor adventure isn’t far away.

After visiting the many stunning beaches and enjoying some local dining, you may want to partake in some world-class hiking, which is available to residents and visitors of all skill levels.

Here are five great hiking trails in Oahu.

Diamond Head Trail

This well-known destination is just on the eastern side of the famous Waikiki coastline.

Visitors will immediately get a glance of the island’s most recognizable landmarks: The Diamond Head State Monument, a behemoth which takes up 475 acres of land.

The summit trail was built in 1908, and is about .8 miles long. A short, yet challenging hike, will take you 560 feet in elevation.

Koko Crater Trail

Also located near Waikiki, this one is for the adventure lovers.

The 1.8-mile trek requires you to slow down and enjoy the trail’s proximity to wildflowers that come from all angles.

Once you reach the top, you can visit the Koko Crater Botanical Gardens and enjoy the landscape and panoramic views.

Don’t forget to take notice of the trail. It’s a former railway that once transported suppliers to WWII-era outpost at the summit. It truly is a railway to heaven.

Makapu’u Lighthouse

Take in the breathtaking coast of Oahu by hiking to Makapu’u Lighthouse.

At about 2 ½ miles roundtrip, this trail is for everyone in the family and perfect for pictures. The red-roofed lighthouse is charming and overlooks the vastness of the Pacific Ocean, Makapuu Beach and some neighboring islands.

There’s more good news: the path is paved for the entire route, but remember to wear a hat on this trail.

Waimano Pools

Plan your visit to Waimano Pools after the rain, when the pools are full and the waterfalls seem to have an endless supply.

The hike is 2.8 miles out and back and is rated about moderate.

You’ll fall in love with the gorgeous waterfalls that trickle down to other smaller ones along the way. The natural pool areas are so inviting, too. You may just want to jump in.

Pu’u Piei Trail

If you’re up for a challenge, then Pu’u Piei Trail is your go-to trail.

It may just be 2.5 miles, but it’ll take you some time to complete due to the inclines and beautiful overgrowth of brush.

The mountain peak of Pu’u Piei is on the north wall of Kahana Valley.

Once on the trail, it’s important to stay along the ridgeline, but that doesn’t mean you won’t have to work and contort your body to navigate the beautiful trees and shrubs.

Please remember to take caution whenever you go on any hike of any level. We want you to safely enjoy the natural beauty of Hawaii no matter where you go.

If you’ve fallen in love with this region, and are thinking about moving here, keep Element Mortgage in mind. We have the local presence and knowledge of the region’s communities to guide you on your journey to homeownership in paradise.

Remember, no matter what your home loan needs are, we are here to provide you with information and resources to help you make the most of your goals. We live here and we lend here. And we can’t wait to assist you.

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