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THE BEST BIKE TRAILS ON OAHU

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UPDATED OCT 17, 2019

Oahu has miles and miles of bike paths, lanes, and even two miles of dedicated paved biking lanes. Even better, all city buses have bike racks, so you can easily venture all over the island. Take Oahu by two wheels with some of our favorites trails!

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KATHERINE GALLAGHER

FITT HONOLULU CONTRIBUTOR

This bike trail is the best bet for families and kids, as Magic Island is a peninsula made up of mostly-flat trails made for jogging or biking. It’s located right in town and is a hot spot for children’s birthday parties and picnics. Magic Island is a prime area to watch the sunset too, so it's a great option for a late afternoon ride.

This bike path runs alongside the Ala Wai Promenade all the way to Ala Moana Regional Park. You get the best of both worlds here: sandy beach and ocean on one side, bustling cityscapes on the other side. When the beach ends, you’ll be greeted with a grassy park area, great for exercising or picnicking. Park your bike (don’t forget a lock) at Ala Moana Center for a bite to eat or a coffee before continuing on your journey.

Ke Ala Pupukea bike path winds through Oahu’s North Shore, starting just north of the famous Waimea Bay. You’ll travel almost three miles up Kamehameha Highway, all the while surrounded by gorgeous ocean views and lush vegetation. Pass Pupukea Beach Park, Ehukai Beach Park, and end at Sunset Beach. Want to make a day of it? Stop for some snorkeling at Pupukea or grab lunch at one of the food trucks along the way.

Known to some as the “gnarliest downhill trail on Oahu”, Kealia Trail (aka Peacock Trail) in Mokuleia is definitely not for beginners. The rocky sections, technical areas, and tight switchbacks classify this trail as experts-only. Fitt Tip: prepare to get off your bike and walk some of the more difficult parts if needed, and watch out for hikers.

This 4.2-mile singletrack trail just north of Waimanalo is best saved for experienced riders. Olomana Ohana Trail can get a little muddy, and there are some steep descents and switchbacks, but the coastal views are well worth the workout.

The Malaekahana Path connects two small northeastern towns, Laie and Kahuku, with an asphalt trail about 1.2 miles in length. Set in the quiet mountainside alongside Kamehameha Highway, you’ll also find Malaekahana Beach Campground nearby with beachside camping by permit only. The path is a generous 15 feet from the highway, so it is an ideal trail for some safe biking in the area.

An Oahu hidden gem for any history buff who also enjoys biking, the Pearl Harbor Bike Path offers views of the Pearl Harbor shoreline, farms, and wildlife refuges. It begins just north of the Pearl Harbor Visitors Center, running along the Aiea Bay State Recreation Area all the way to Waipahu. The total distance one way is about five miles, and it’s entirely paved and mostly flat.

The Lanikai Loop stretches for a distance of 2.5 miles in this beachy Kailua town, with a couple of hilly spots to challenge your quads. Most bikers choose to do a few laps around the loop making it a solid 8k, but you may be tempted to bike a bit longer to enjoy the seascape! The trail starts (and ends) at Kailua Boat Ramp near Kailua Beach Park, going down Mokulua Dr. and Aalapapa Dr. You can catch a glimpse of those famous crystal clear waters from the beach and check out the bird sanctuary at Popoia Island along the way.

The city of Honolulu completed Hawai'i’s first protected bike lane in 2014 on King St. Take an urban ride and continue on to historic downtown to ride past the Iolani Palace and the King Kamehameha Statue. Or, cut across Punchbowl Street to check out the state capitol building.

A fun spot for beginner to intermediate mountain bikers, Kaena Point in Waialua takes you to the westernmost tip of Oahu. The dirt road is part of an old railroad, so look out for rusty tracks along the 2.5-mile trail. Whales can often be spotted during the winter months along this coastal path, and you’ll even have a chance to view some wild albatross during their mating season once you reach the bird sanctuary at the end.

Be prepared for a tough workout if you’re biking through the Maunawili Trail off the Pali Highway. You’re looking at about 9.5 miles of narrow singletrack, spots of mud and boulders, and elevation gains along the way. The reward for this experts-only trail, however, will be steep valleys of Hawaiian rainforest, small waterfalls, and magnificent mountain and ocean views.

Everyone knows that Diamond Head is one of the most significant landmarks on Oahu, and luckily, the area is entirely bikeable! Once you reach the entrance to Diamond Head State Monument, there are places to park your bike and continue up the hike to the top of the crater. For a simple route, start at Kapahulu Ave. or Kalakaua Ave. and ride along the bike path to the aquarium onto Diamond Head Rd. Oh, and don’t forget to stop for a view of the famous Diamond Head Lighthouse.

Just outside of Honolulu lies a section of quiet Hawai'ian rainforest perfect for hiking, biking, and tropical vibes. The five-mile route has some pretty steep grades, so be prepared for your leg muscles to burn if you decide to bike your way up. There are plenty of tight corners and cars that frequent the area regardless of the narrow roads, so a certain amount of biking experience is necessary.

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