Manana is a very challenging ride but very beautiful ride on the south side of Oahu. The route travels through a dense and diverse forest of eucalyptus, brushbox, guava and other species to a knife-edge ridge that ends at Ko'olau Range Summit.
The route is technical - expect sections of hike-a-bike. The second half of the trail has few rideable sections making the lower half the most popular part of the trail.
Need to Know
Popular trail for pig hunting - be aware of hunters and their dogs.
Manana is accessed through a neighborhood. Be courteous to the locals and exercise good judgement when parking your car.
The Manana Trail Out and Back starts on doubletrack just past the gate at the end of Komo Mai Dr. and climbs gradually through dense forest with a couple of steep, short climbs. The route then narrows into technical singletrack with lots of roots. Manana can be a bit confusing through here with some trail braiding; keep to the most worn part of the route as everything eventually converges back together.
Stay left a major unsigned trail junction and continue steep punchy climbs to a ridge. The forest opens up here and you'll see great views all around. The ridge is just as challenging as the lower reaches of the trail. Rather than roots, you'll encounter water bars, steep ups and downs, occasional deep ruts and exposed sections.
You'll reach the turnaround point at a beautiful overlook in a grassy meadow. There's a bench here, making it a great place to take a break before heading back.
For those who enjoy extremely steep and challenging trail; continue on from here to the end of the trail at Ko'olau Range Summit.