There is no doubt about it – Hawaii is an absolute paradise for nature lovers of all kinds, especially hikers. With beautiful mountains and jaw-dropping valleys, you are sure to find some of the best hiking in the country on our little islands. Sometimes, you just aren’t up for a strenuous all-day hike, or you’ve just started to explore the islands by foot, and that’s where we come in: here are 11 of our favorite hiking trails that clock in at less than five miles, the best short hikes in Hawaii. So grab your gear, and some good hiking shoes, and head on out on one of these great hikes!

Have you done any of these best short hikes in Hawaii? There are easy trails in Hawaii that are under 5 miles, and this is by no means an exhaustive list – so, tell us, what are your favorite short trails in Hawaii? Let us know in the comments! Before you hit the trails, make sure to read up on all the details of each trail.

Want more great trails? Try these 15 out-of-this-world hiking spots in Hawaii.

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Best Short Hikes In Hawaii

How many hikes are in Hawaii?

There are over 619 hikes in Hawaii.

Hawaii has over 619 hikes all throughout the Hawaiian islands. Oahu has the most maintained trails, with over 300 miles of hiking, but each island offers something totally spectacular. Hike around the volcanoes on the Big Island, gorgeous jungle hikes on Kauai, and beautiful coastline trails in Maui.

How hard is the Stairway to Heaven hike in Hawaii?

The Stairway to Heaven hike in Hawaii is extremely challenging.

A difficult 3,922 stairs take you all the way up to the imposing mountain ridge. The hike is steep, ascending almost a vertical inline with only a rope handrail to hold on to. And you have to keep holding on, otherwise you may fall off the hike, which would be incredibly dangerous. It’s a grueling trip that only experienced hikers should ever do.

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