One of the best ways to experience more of Hawaii is by biking there. Hawaii is ranked as the 27th most bicycle-friendly state in the country, however according to the League of American Bicyclists, the state only has one bicycle-friendly town, Honolulu. You can bike along the residential areas around and you can also bike on the sidewalk.
With the best signs and trails for riders of all skill levels, Oahu offers the most established network of mountain biking trails of any island. In addition, there are also many mountain biking paths nearby and around the entire island of Oahu.
Top 10 trails in Hawaii
Ke Ala Hele Makalae – You won’t want to miss the Ke Ala Hele Makalae route, which literally translates to “The Path that Goes by Coast,” among the various outdoor sports available on Hawaii’s oldest and fourth-largest island. This trail follows the Royal Coconut Coast of Kauai for more than 7 miles, spread out across two separate sections. Visitors may expect breathtaking views of the beach, lots of signage to direct them and provide information about the area’s past and present, lush greenery, and rare sightings of seabirds, monk seals, and whales. The ideal location for fitness, with breaks at picnic areas and sandy beaches along the way.
Ka’ena Point Trail – Visit this 9.8-kilometer out-and-back track close to Waialua, Oahu. It takes an average of 2 hours, 17 minutes to accomplish this route, which is typically regarded as moderately difficult. While exploring, it’s possible that you’ll run into other people because this is a highly popular location for hiking and birdwatching. Its open all year round so you’ll be able to visit anytime. Although the views may be pleasing to the eye, the ocean waves can be strong, and the sun can seem harsh along this mostly unshaded pathway.
Waialua Beach Road Bike Path – The Waialua Beach Road Bike trail has a two-lane asphalt path that runs alongside Waialua Beach Road/State Route 82 on the North Shore’s small Waialua town. The environment is mainly agricultural and residential. The North Shore of Oahu will excite both surfers and land-based adventurers. There are over 50 beautiful beaches along the area’s 11 kilometers of coastline between its eastern and western borders.
Ke Ala Pupukea Bike Path – One of the busiest paths on Oahu is the Ke Ala Pupukea Bike Path, which offers a beautiful beach vista and a lush, well-shaded route. The paved walkway passes through the village of Pupukea, which is a popular tourist destination, for roughly three miles along the coastal side of the Kamehameha Highway. The popular surfing area in Waimea Bay is where the trail starts, and it ends just south of Sunset Beach. The views along the road make it a great way to stroll, run,or cycle around the community, you can avoid the traffic when surfing events are taking place.
Malaekahana Bike and Pedestrian Path – The Malaekahana Bike and Pedestrian Path connects Laie and Kahuku, two tiny communities on the northeastern shore of Oahu, and is situated in a lush rural area between the sea and the Ko’olau mountains. The 1.2-mile pathway’s opening was made possible by the combined efforts of volunteers, community organizations, landowners, companies, and locals. The team behind the nearby Ke Ala Pupukea Bike Path also provided some helpful advice.
Ala Wai Canal Promenade – On Oahu’s southern shore, close to the lovely Waikiki Beach, is where you’ll find the Ala Wai Canal Promenade, a bustling tourist destination with many of restaurants, shops, and hotels. The boardwalk travels along the palm-lined canal that was built in the 1920s. Ala Wai Park, which has a community center, playground, basketball court, sports grounds, and canoeing, is where the route starts.
Ala Moana Park Path – The Ala Moana Park Path is in an ideal location, with Honolulu’s bustling downtown on one side and a sandy beach on the other. The Kewalo Basin and the Ala Wai Small Boat Basin are two bustling boat bays that are located at either end of the path. The walkway circles a wide grassy area with picnic shelters and palm trees, where drinking water and facilities are conveniently located. You may locate restaurants at the Ala Moana Shopping Center, which is across the street.
Pearl Harbor Bike Path – Just before the Arizona Memorial parking lot and the Pearl Harbor Marina, the Pearl Harbor Bike Path starts. The route currently crosses Waimano Home Road after being extended, and it ends at Waipio Point Access Road. This is a fascinating, enjoyable trip with some lengthy, straight sections and wooden bridge crossings. The Pearl Harbor National Memorial, which is close to the route, is a place where people can pay respects to those who have fallen while learning about the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, the American entry into World War II, and its impact on Hawaii.
West Loch Bike Path – Nearly two miles of the former right-of-way of the Oahu Railroad and Land Company are now occupied by a hike-and-bike trail that runs beside West Loch at Pearl Harbor. The peaceful road travels through marshes, fairways, woods, and residential neighborhoods while crossing streams. Along the way, the trail passes past a number of parks, including Asing Community Park and Kapapapuhi Point Park (West Shoreline Park), which both have piers that look out over Honouliuli Bay.
North Shore Greenway – The North Shore Greenway will eventually be a 7-mile paved route connecting parks, beaches, and the airport along the Maui coastline between the towns of Kahului, Spreckelsville, and Paia. The second largest of the main islands, Maui has 120 miles of shoreline and the iconic Haleakala National Park, which holds the most endangered species of all national parks. It is a favorite of families and anyone looking for a leisurely ride down the north side of the “Valley Isle.”
If you choose to embark on your journey and travel to Hawaii in person, kindly keep in mind to Recreate Responsibly and to show respect for the locals and their homes. Hawaiian values place a strong emphasis on taking care of the islands and all of its residents.