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Puu Manamana

Hawaii > Oahu > Windward
Summary
Length4.5 mi
Elev. Gain2100 ft
Difficulty4 / 5
Rating9 / 10
TypeView
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.
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Best time to go
March to September

Cost
None

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Hike Featured In...
Best Hiking Trips in Hawaii
By Pamela Wright
 
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 Hauula, HI
Mostly cloudy. Showers likely and slight chance of thunderstorms in the evening, then scattered showers and slight chance of thunderstorms after midnight. Haze through the night. Locally heavy rainfall possible. Lows 62 to 69. East winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 70 percent.
Currently
Temperature: 73.0° F
Relative Humidity: 84%
Pressure: 30.01"
Dew Point: 67.9° F

Winds from the NNW at 0.0 mph gusting to -999.0 mph

Precipitation
Today: 0.00"

Sunrise: 6:57 AM
Sunset: 6:32 PM
Weather reported from Aikahi Loop, Kailua, HI (KHIKAILU65)
Forecast
Friday
Mostly cloudy. Scattered showers and slight chance of thunderstorms in the morning, then showers likely and slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Locally heavy rainfall possible. Highs 66 to 81. East winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 70 percent.
Friday Night
Mostly cloudy with occasional showers. Lows 63 to 70. East winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 90 percent.
Saturday
Mostly cloudy with scattered showers. Highs 66 to 81. East winds 10 to 15 mph. Gusts up to 35 mph late in the afternoon. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Saturday Night
Mostly cloudy. Breezy. Showers likely in the evening, then scattered showers after midnight. Lows 64 to 71. East winds 10 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 70 percent.
Weather information provided by Weather Underground. Current as of 2/22/2018 6:52 PM
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