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Puu Manamana

Hawaii > Oahu > Windward
Length4.5 mi
Elev. Gain2100 ft
Difficulty4 / 5
Rating9 / 10
One of the most dangerous hiking trails of the state, the Puu Manamana should be undertaken with extreme caution and only if you are a very skilled hiker, with really good physical stamina and fitness. The trail has gained a reputation as the 'Death Ridge' or the 'Crouching Lion Death Plunge' - and the danger truly suits the name.

The trail gains the major portion of its height in the first mile and a half itself. The path is very narrow with sheer drop of hundreds of feet on both the sides. The trail is also marked by a number of knobs in the middle and a steep and narrow descent, where the snarled roots and patches of moss and rot make the path very difficulty.

Puu Manamana trail begins near the Crouching Lion Inn. You will begin to feel the strain of the trail from the very beginning itself. After a steep climb, you will come to a series of rock faces that you have to climb with the help of handholds. After a bit, you will reach a plateau with the rock formation of the crouching lion. There is a massive mound of rock near the 2,000 feet mark. The hike back can be even more dangerous, since you will have gravity working against you.

Best time to go
March to September


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Trailhead Location
GPS Coordinates:
21° 33.421' N
157° 52.034' W

Driving Directions:
Take the Likelike Highway exit through the Kalihi Valley and the Wilson Tunnel. Continue past the Kahaluu, Waiahole and Kaaawa till the road turns right by the Kahana Bay. Backtrack through Kamehameha Highway and look for a guardrail on the right and the Route 83 sign. Turn right from here.
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Weather Report for Kaaawa, HI
Breezy. Partly cloudy with scattered showers in the evening, then mostly cloudy with showers likely after midnight. Lows 64 to 75. East winds 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 60 percent.
Temperature: 76.3° F
Relative Humidity: 78%
Pressure: 30.03"
Dew Point: 68.9° F

Winds from the ENE at 1.7 mph gusting to -999.0 mph

Today: 0.00"

Sunrise: 6:29 AM
Sunset: 6:01 PM
Weather reported from Newtown, Aiea, HI (KHIAIEA7)
Mostly sunny in the morning then becoming partly sunny. Scattered showers. Highs 71 to 85. Southeast winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Sunday Night
Mostly cloudy. Haze in the evening. Scattered showers in the evening, then showers likely after midnight. Lows 62 to 73. Light winds. Chance of rain 70 percent.
Breezy. Mostly cloudy with occasional showers and isolated thunderstorms. Haze. Locally heavy rainfall possible. Highs 69 to 83. Southwest winds around 10 mph increasing to south 15 to 25 mph with gusts to 40 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain 80 percent.
Monday Night
Mostly cloudy. Occasional showers and isolated thunderstorms in the evening, then showers likely and isolated thunderstorms after midnight. Locally heavy rainfall possible. Lows 62 to 73. West winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 80 percent.
Weather information provided by Weather Underground. Current as of 10/22/2017 10:18 PM
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