Featured HORSE TRAILS
North of Waimea on Kauai, the Haele ele Ridge Road is a 10 mile out and back route open to horseback riding. This red dirt road through the Puu Ka Pele Forest Reserve can be challenging since the elevation ranges from 3,150 feet down to 1,300 feet, and it can be quite slippery when wet. There are several side trails and roads worth exploring.
Southeast of Princeville on Kauai, the Princeville Ranch has miles of horseback riding trails. The Princeville Ranch does rent horses. They have a great tour up to Kalihiwai Falls. Keep in mind that frequent rain showers are common in this area.
South of Waimea on the Big Island, the Dahana Ranch offers guided horseback riding tours through open range on a 2,500 acre ranch. The rides are through lush rolling pastures.
North of Lihue and east of Kapa'a on Kauai, the Esprit De Corps Riding Academy provides a variety of horseback riding tours on eastern island trails. This is one of the few places on the island that caters to experienced riders, and also provides instruction on how to improve your riding technique.
Southwest of Lihue and east of Poi'pu on Kauai, there are miles of horseback riding trails through the rugged and scenic Maha ulepu area. Horseback riding tours are offered through CJM Country Stables, which is located 1.5 miles east of the Hyatt Resort. They also have a tour down to Haula Beach. There tours are known to be single-file, nose-to-tail rides with no-trotting.
West of Waimea on the Big Island, Paniolo Adventures offers guided horseback rides through green pastures. The open riding, not single file, is on an 11,000 acre working cattle ranch on Kohala Mountain (an old volcano). The rides pass through lush pastureland and groves of native ohia trees.
In the Waipio Valley on the Big Island, there are lush jungle trails and taro patches to explore in the most scenic valley on the island. Expect to see amazing waterfalls on this nose-to-tail guided horseback ride.
North of Waimea on the Big Island, the Na Alapa Stables at Kahua Ranch has rolling guided rides through the Kohala Mountains in lush pastures. There are panoramic views of the the coastline, and also ancient Hawaiian ruins. This is an open range ride, not single file, over 8,000 acres.
North of Honolulu near Kahuku on Oahu, there is scenic beach and ironwood forest riding along the north shore. Turtle Bay Resort has horse rentals available.
Northeast of Kipahulu and Oheo Gulch on Maui, the Oheo Stables at Kipahulu Ranch offer guided horseback rides in the mountains above Oheo Gulch in the Seven Sacred Pools area. They also have guided trips into Haleakala National Park to Pipiwai Lookout to view 400 feet Waimoku Falls.
Near Wailuku in western Maui, the Mendes Ranch & Trail Rides has guided horseback tours on a working ranch. The rides pass through rain forest and by waterfalls and a volcanic peak.
Near Kaunakakai on the east end of Molokai, the Puu O Hoku Ranch has guided trail rides through green pasture on a working cattle ranch. The rides continue up into the mountains with views of waterfalls.