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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 slight chance of showers in the evening, then mostly cloudy with chance of showers after midnight. Lows 63 to 71. Southwest winds 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 40 percent.
Temperature: 70.9° F
Relative Humidity: 82%
Pressure: 29.90"
Dew Point: 65.1° F

Winds from the SSW at 1.1 mph gusting to -999.0 mph

Today: 0.00"

Sunrise: 7:00 AM
Sunset: 5:50 PM
Weather reported from Kailua, Kailua, HI (KHIKAILU55)
Mostly cloudy. Chance of showers in the morning, then showers likely in the afternoon. Highs 65 to 80. Northwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 70 percent.
Tuesday Night
Mostly cloudy. Showers likely in the evening, then scattered showers after midnight. Lows 56 to 67. North winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to 30 mph. Chance of rain 70 percent.
Breezy. Partly sunny with scattered showers in the morning, then mostly sunny with isolated showers in the afternoon. Highs 65 to 79. Northeast winds 10 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 30 percent.
Wednesday Night
Breezy. Partly cloudy with isolated showers in the evening, then mostly cloudy with scattered showers after midnight. Lows 57 to 68. Northeast winds 10 to 25 mph. Gusts up to 40 mph early in the morning. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Weather information provided by Weather Underground. Current as of 12/12/2017 0:14 AM
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