Only the adventurous dare to hike Crouching Lion

Tom’s Experience hiking the Crouching Lion trail:

Crouching Lion is a Hawaiian hiking trail that follows the Pu’u Manamana ridge on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. The full loop is called the Kahekili-Manamana loop.

Hawaiian Hikes

This trail has steep drop offs and is very dangerous, not unlike Angels Landing in Zions National Park, except there are no chains here to help you maintain your balance.

Honolulu Hikes Crouching Lion

The trail is a loop that goes for about 4 miles, but it took us about 5 hours to complete. The trail is difficult to find in places, and very overgrown. Multiple times we were basically crawling through the mud in order to get under the heavy overgrowth. Also, there are many places where the trail seems to disappear and you must follow pink ribbons tied to trees.

Hawaiian Hiking Trail Crouching Lion

The trail is also very steep on both sides. I know that at least a few hikers who have tried to hike this have died, so make sure you stay focused while hiking this trail and watch where you are placing your feet.

Honolulu Trails Crouching Lion

The total elevation gain is 2,000 feet. most of which is gained or lost near the beginning and end of the trail. This trail has some great views of the ocean and the steep drops can take your breath away.

We did this hike on a very windy day where the wind threatened to blow us off of the knife edge ridge. We forced our way through the overgrowth and enjoyed this hike.

Crouching Lion Hike

Crouching Lion was really exciting and a hike I will never forget but be careful, my wife slipped on a tree root at one point and nearly went over the edge. Fortunately we all made it safely home. Dogs are allowed on this trail but make sure they are okay with heights.

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Crouching Lion Hike Directions: The crouching lion trail is a 4 mile loop with an elevation gain of 2,000 feet. The elevation gains and losses are near the beginning and the end of the trail. and the middle of the trail is where the dangerous knife-like ridges are. To get there travel 25 miles on the drive from downtown Honolulu. Take the Pali Highway to get to the windward side of Oahu. Once you are through the Pali Tunnels, descend downhill, turning left on Kamehameha Hwy. About 2.5 miles later, turn left onto Likelike Highway. Turn right onto Kahekili Hwy. which after 4.5 miles transitions to Kamehameha Highway (key landmarks there are a 7-11 store on the right and the Hygienic Store on the left. Continue on Kamehameha Hwy. for just short of 10 miles. Parking is available at the Swanzy Beach Park. Walk north up Huamalani Rd to the trailhead. The trail is between two properties and there is no reason to go up anyones driveway looking for the trail. After this the trail is sometimes hard to follow but there are usually pink ribbons tied to trees to help with directions.


Crouching Lion Trailhead = 21.553926,-157.855665

End of trail = 21.557981,-157.862678

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Feel inspired at the Teton’s Inspiration Point

Tom’s Experience hiking to Inspiration Point:

There are a few different options available to reach Inspiration Point in Grand Teton National Park. My wife and I decided we would start at Jenny Lake and walk to Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point.

Jenny Lake

The trail starts at Jenny Lake and follows the shore along the lake. The water kept the temperature cool and there was a lot of green vegetation around.

Grand Teton National Park

Eventually we met up with the trail from the boat dock for those who would like to take the shuttle across Jenny lake. This trail is dirt but starts gaining altitude at this point and soon becomes a rock trail.

Inspiration Point

We stopped for a picture by Hidden Falls and then kept following the trail up to inspiration point.

Hidden Falls

From Hidden Falls to inspiration point you are mainly walking on rocks and it is a really interesting trail. You have a great view of the Tetons from the trail and at inspiration point you are able to look out over Jenny Lake.

Grand Tetons Inspiration Point

The total trip without the boat shuttle is 5 miles and about 417 vertical feet. Dogs are not allowed on any trails within the Grand Teton National Park.

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Trail Info: The trail for the Inspiration Point hike starts at the Jenny Lake parking lot in Grand Teton National Park. The trail is very well marked and very well maintained. There is a boat shuttle to take you across the lake for a small fee or you can hike from the parking lot which is 5 miles round trip.


Inspiration Point Trailhead = 43.751982,-110.7217

Inspiration Point = 43.767173,-110.748432

Hidden Falls = 43.765543,-110.750926

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