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We hiked the west trailhead to the pillboxes, but we only made it to #2. It was not a difficult hike, but it was not as easy as we were expecting. It is steep at the beginning as you hike up to the.... more »
My husband and daughter made it to the top but I chickened out. I read a review that said easy peasy. Yeah, NO! This is a steep hike and a narrow path so if you are not fond of heights, like me... more »
Challenging hike with certain parts having steep incline and you do need to used both hands and feet to climb. But most people were to able to accomplish it (I saw one couple who told me they just decided to give up). View is stunning along the hike and at the top. I’m afraid of height so didn’t climb to top of the bunker. Be careful when you come down too. It got very very windy when we were there so it can make people feel uncomfortable when you are walking on the ridge (for those who are afraid of height). Some cons: (1) “extremely” difficult parking and I suggest you park at Kailua Beach Park and then walk. Pretty much all streets have no parking signs. (2) lots of college kids basically stand on/hang out the pillbox and wouldn’t leave. That may prevent you from taking good pics. (3) the pillbox has tons of graffiti and I suppose that’s part of the appeal... but I wasn’t a fan of it. Just personal taste.
I have done this hike 3 times within two days of being in Oahu. 1 sunset and 2 sunrises. It is about a 20 minutes hike with a very steep incline but has a really cool viewpoint. If you are coming for sunrise there will be a lot of people, I would recommend leaving earlier.
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