|Hike Name:||Crouching Lion aka Pu’u Manamana|
|Starting Point:||Huamalani Rd – Kaaawa (HERE)|
|End Point:||Crouching Lion Inn|
|Length:||Aprox. 4.5 Miles RT (2000 ft elevation!)|
Crouching Lion Hiking Information
Crouching Lion hike is one of the most challenging hikes on the island. Don’t let the 4.5 mile distance fool you, most of this one is uphill and has many death defying ridges. It’s extreme. Pu’u Manamana has other names such as : "Death Ridge" , "Devils Horseshoe", and "Crouching Lion Death Plunge".
Warning: Do not attempt if you have issues with heights. There are many narrow paths with cliffs on both sides. This os one of the most difficult hikes on Oahu. Be sure to keep an eye out for boars, we were chased by one near the stream on our last adventure here!
To get to the trailhead, take the long drive out to Kaaawa by either heading up the windward coast or come down from the north shore. Turn at the fire station on Huamalani Road.
Park on the side of the street. The trailhead begins between the car and the rock.
Follow the trail for a few minutes until you see it go left and immediately gain elevation. Follow this trail all the way up until you reach a stream. You will head downstream slightly until you see a marker and sign for the continued trail to the left. After you crossed the stream and are on the correct path be careful to watch for the markers ABOVE the trail to the left. We ran into the boar’s nest and got chased by going straight.
Once you get on this ridge it will head up to reach the final 2000ft elevation summit and the path splits left and right. Continue right and follow the cliff ridge over a few large rocks. The ridge will slowly descend and eventually shoot to the left. Follow it down and to the right, you will soon exit near the Crouching Lion Inn.
We had a hard time finding the exit trail. Eventually you will either come out at the Crouching Lion Inn or on the main road. Walk back along the road to the fire station and to your vehicle.
Overall, this hike is challenging but the views are spectacular. One of the finest hikes I have done so far. One word sums it up: Legendary.
Thanks Kawika for the video! Be sure to check out his Youtube site!