Located near Pearl City on Oahu Hawaii, Manana trail is a short, technical, there and back singletrack with amazing views.
The trail itself is fairly diverse, ranging from paved road, jeep road, single track, roots, and grassy fields. The views are beautiful.
After passing the entrance gate to the trail you will ride up a paved road that eventually turns into a dirt road. This part of the trail is wide and you'll be able to ride side by side others. Eventually it transforms from a jeep road into more of hiking trail. Get ready to work, there are some big climbs ahead. Did I mention the roots? These big climbs are often packed full of pretty large roots.
Eventually you will hit a little sign that shows a hiker and points left, you will want to take this. This will take you out of the trees and onto more of a ridge line single track. If you see signs that say to wear bright colors so you don't get shot by hunters, you are going the right way..... There are some wooden steps to navigate followed by a steady climb up the ridge. The trail at this point offers some beautiful views of O'ahu. This single track portion of the trail has tall grass on both sides and few trees giving it a completely different feel than the lower half. Keep heading up the ridge past the covered picnic table to complete the upward part of the trail.
Manana trail has some sections that are fairly steep and technical both up and down. Be sure to get off and walk your bike if you feel uncomfortable. Also the trail isn't always marked that well. Looking at the trail maps below you can see that it runs mostly straight up into the mountains, any trails that seem to sharply veer off to the right or left will most likely take you off the main trail.
Overall I really enjoy Manana Trail. It's a diverse, challenging but fun uphill climb with a rewarding and fast downhill. The views once you get up to the ridge are amazing. Well worth it in my opinion but other definitely disagree with me!
Clicking on the link above you bring you to Google Maps where directions to the trail are plotted in from Honolulu Airport.
Download the GPX file and use your favorite software to upload trail data to your GPS. Right click on the link and select "Save Link As..." in order to download it.
Sorry, no mountain bike approved trails close by!