Experiencing Ehukai Pillbox Hike on Oahu’s North Shore

Let’s Go Hiking on the North Shore

The Ehukai Pillbox trail located on Oahu’s North Shore is better known as the Sunset Pillbox Hike because it offers a gorgeous view of Ehukai Beach. Some of you may have heard of the Banzai Pipeline or North Shore coastline. Ehukai Beach is in the same location and it’s gorgeous.

The entrance to the hike is in an awkward place. We found ourselves in the school carline at Sunset Elementary. Obviously the wrong place but just 50 feet away from where the car lines begins, is the woodsy entrance to the trail. The hike takes about 30 minutes to climb up to the top. The distance to reach the top of the ridge is short, but can be strenuous in select areas. Overall its worth the workout and its a fun experience.

The Sunset Pillbox Trail starts off flat then progressively inclines up the mountainside. For the most part, the trail consists of small boulders, fallen trees, eroded tree roots, and some human-made stairs dug into the side of the hill for climbing assistance.

Ehaukai Pillbox Hike Oahu

Once you reach the top, beautiful views of the North Shore will be your reward.

Shannon Lazovski Pillbox Hike Oahu

The old military bunker is accessible to walk on top of for great views and inside of to explore around. There is a second Pillbox through the woods, adjacent to this location but we decided to obey the “No Trespassing” and “Guard Dog” signs. That Pillbox is located on private property.

Do you have a favorite hike on Oahu? There are plenty to choose from that range in difficulty. Share your favorite hike in the comments below. I’d love to hear from you.

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