The 5-Minute Tantalus-Arboretum Trail

I should have kept driving. My initial plan was to hike through the Honolulu Mauka Trail System by spending a lazy Saturday hiking the Pauoa Flats, Nuuanu, and Judd Trails. I would use the Manoa Cliff Trail to access Pauoa Flats. The Manoa Cliff Trail was wet and muddy, but nice as usual. I was the only one on the trail, I guess everyone else was at the Dead Man’s Catwalk. Better for me. The bench along the Manoa Cliff Trail is one of my favorite places. It faces Manoa Falls, and on a good day, you can see it flowing from a distance.

As soon as I reached the Manoa Cliff and Puu Ohia Junction, the gray clouds intensified and the rain began to fall. I decided to abandon the original plan and instead continue along Puu Ohia. This short loop would take get me back to my car, which was parked along Round Top Drive. As I drove down Tantalus, I spotted the trailhead sign for the Tantalus-Arboretum Trail. I quickly parked my car and jumped on the trail. Like Jim Levenstein in American Pie, it didn’t last long. It was pretty much over as soon as it began. At 0.25 miles long, there isn’t much to Tantalus-Arboretum. My recommendation is to keep driving along Tantalus Drive, the views from the road are better than anything you’ll find on this 5-minute trail.

The Tantalus-Arboretum Trailhead. Photo by Coty Gonzales.

The Tantalus-Arboretum Trailhead. Photo by Coty Gonzales.

My car in the distance. Photo by Coty Gonzales.

My car in the distance. Photo by Coty Gonzales.

The Tantalus-Arboretum trail hugs the road. Photo by Coty Gonzales.

The Tantalus-Arboretum trail hugs the road. Photo by Coty Gonzales.

Bridge. Photo by Coty Gonzales.

Bridge. Photo by Coty Gonzales.

Leaves. Photo by Coty Gonzales.

Leaves. Photo by Coty Gonzales.

Moss. Photo by Coty Gonzales.

Moss. Photo by Coty Gonzales.

More moss. Photo by Coty Gonzales.

More moss. Photo by Coty Gonzales.

Tree trunk. Photo by Coty Gonzales.

Tree trunk. Photo by Coty Gonzales.

And I'm back. Photo by Coty Gonzales.

And I’m back. Photo by Coty Gonzales.

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