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Hiking on Army Land

  • Access to Trails
  • Kolekole Trail
  • Hiking Safety

All hikers wishing to hike the following trail on Army land must obtain a letter of permission from U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii’s Directorate of Public Works:

  • Schofield-Waikane Trail
    The Schofield-Waikane Trail is a 14-mile round-trip graded ridge hike with an elevation gain of 1,200 feet. The trail is suitable for novice, intermediate and expert hikers. It is located in the Ewa Forest Reserve, above Wahiawa. This trail is accessible on weekends from sunrise to sunset, with a letter of permission.
Hiking
Photo by Staff Sgt. Gaelen Lowers,
8th TSC

To obtain permission to access the Schofield-Waikane Trail, send a letter to the Directorate of Public Works’ Real Property Office. Your letter must be signed and forwarded to the Real Property Office a minimum of 10 business days prior to the date you request to hike.

Requests can be sent via email, or U.S. Postal Service mail:
U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii, Directorate of Public Works
Attn: Real Property Office – Hiking Request
947 Wright Avenue
Building 104, WAAF
Schofield Barracks, HI 96857-5013

Your request letter must include the following information:
1. Date of your requested hike;
2. Number of people in your party;
3. First and last names of all participants; and
4. Your email address and phone number.

Upon receipt and approval of your request, you will receive a letter of approval via email with specific information regarding installation access procedures and other relevant information. A printed copy of this letter must be carried with you while you are conducting your hike. Please note, your letter of approval will be provided via email only.

For further information, please call 808-656-3259.

Closed Trails

The following trails are completely or partially on Army land and are closed to the public due to troop movements/training.

  • Kalena
  • Kanehoa-Hapapa
  • Pu'u Hapapa

Trails Not Requiring Permission

Approval is not required to access the following trails because they do not cross Army-owned land.

  • Kaunala
  • Pupukea Summit
  • Wahiawa Hills
Kolekole
Photo by Karen Iwamoto, Hawaii Army Weekly

Kolekole Trail is open on select dates during non-live-fire days, to Department of Defense/military ID cardholders and their guests, who do not require advance written permission to use this trail. Dates will be released approximately two weeks prior.

Review the "Community Calendar," p. B-2, of the "Hawaii Army Weekly"; the Garrison Facebook page; or Outlook Community Bulletins to determine if the trail is open any weekend.

The trail is located at the end of Trimble Road on Schofield Barracks, is approximately a half a mile each way, and is considered a moderate/medium trail as it is quite steep in some areas.

When entering the path, you agree with the following:

  • To use the trail only during dates and times published, when live-fire training is not being conducted.
  • No parking at the trail from 6:30 p.m.-5:30 a.m. Violators will be ticketed.
  • To follow instructions of any Department of the Army personnel officially discharging their duties.
  • Use of the trail is at your own risk. The trail is unattended by safety personnel, and there are risks inherent in utilizing it, including but not limited to: steep inclines, wildlife, native foliage, unstable rocks, steep drops, and poor visibility.
  • Do not attempt to touch native wildlife, cause unnecessary damage the environment, or litter. You will be liable for all damages caused by you or anyone for whom you are responsible.
  • You hereby release, waive, discharge, the U.S. Government, its officers, Soldiers, other employees, and all agents and contractors from liability for any and all loss, damage or injury that may be incurred by you during or as a result of your presence and activity on the Army Kolekole Walking/Hiking Trail, including property loss, personal injuries and damages caused by the negligence of the U.S. Government, its officers, employees, and agents, accidents, or illnesses (including death); and covenant not to sue the U.S. Government for any claims related thereto.
  • Only the trail is open during the released dates and times. Kolekole Pass is still closed.

The Army Environmental Command has information on munitions safety online. Click here to view a hiker's resource card.

Hiking Safety
Photo by Stefanie Gardin, USAG-HI

The following tips are courtesy of the Hawaii State Parks system. For a listing of trails open to the public and other resources, visit www.hawaiistateparks.org/hiking/.

Inform Others of Your Plans. Let someone know which trail (name and location) you plan to hike on, and when you expect to return. If something should go wrong, rescuers will have accurate information on where to start searching.

Hike With a Partner. Don’t hike alone. Frequently, people who get into trouble are alone. In case of an emergency, your partner’s help can be invaluable.

Get Information About the Trail. Learn about the trail so you will know the route, where to start, and degree of difficulty.

Assess Your Capabilities. Compare your level of fitness, ability, and experience with the trail description. Be practical and realistic. There are a wide variety of trails in Hawai`i, so pick one that suits your level.

Check Weather Conditions. Sunny and clear mornings are sometimes followed by rain and wind later in the day. Flash floods are dangerous possibilities in the narrow gulches. Call the National Weather Service for the latest forecast.

Wear Proper Clothing. Dress in layers so you can protect your skin from the intense tropical sun. A hat, sunglasses and sunscreen are recommended. Hiking boots offer traction and ankle support to prevent slipping and injuries on muddy trails and slick or sharp rocks. Light raingear is good to carry because of the quickly changing weather conditions.

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