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Routes in Makapu'u Point

Route 1 TR 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
Route 10 S,TR 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Route 11 S,TR 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Route 12 S,TR 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Route 2 T,TR 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Route 3 S,TR 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Route 4 T,TR 5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c
Route 5 S,TR 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Route 6 S,TR 5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c
Route 7 T,TR 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Route 8 S,TR 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Route 9 S,TR 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
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Elevation: 155 ft
GPS: 21.309, -157.657 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Matt Nelson on Jun 16, 2009
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Area Overview

Makapu'u Point is a small crag located near Makapu'u lighthouse. It hosts about a dozen climbs, mostly sport, that are about 35' tall. All of the routes can be top roped as you can easily walk to the top to build an anchor, and nearly all of the routes have bolted anchors. The crag is bolted with titanium glue-in bolts. This crag is a popular choice for beginners as it hosts some of the easiest climbs on the island and the approach is rather easy. The area can be quite windy, so bring a jacket. The crag is somewhat public in that many hikers pass by the area. As a result, climbers are always under observation so please help preserve access by ensuring you pack out your trash and pick up any other trash you see laying around. All it takes is one person to mess up and it could affect everyone.

The approach is a short, 10-to-15 minute 3rd-class scramble up the edge of the sea cliff. The crag is actually located in a small saddle at the top off the first hill. Optionally, there is a small approach trail located about 300' inland of the sea cliff, but it's harder to find and it takes longer to reach the crag.

Getting There

From the airport get on hwy H-1 going east. After 10.6 miles the road will change from H-1 into HI-72, no turns just keep going straight for another 9.9 miles. The parking area will be on the right at the top of the hill directly off the main road. The GPS coordinates of the parking lot are 21.3091, -157.6573. You can copy and paste those coordinates into Google Maps for more information on how to reach the location.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Makapu'u Point

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Route 7
Trad, TR
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Route 10
Sport, TR
5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c
Route 6
Sport, TR
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Route 9
Sport, TR
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Route 7
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad, TR
Route 10
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport, TR
Route 6
5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c Sport, TR
Route 9
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport, TR
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Sun & Shade

Routes Mostly Face: North
Sunny Roughly 6am to 9am during high season
Details: The area receives morning sun and shade around 9 - 10 AM.

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Nich Cloward
American Fork
Nich Cloward   American Fork
We checked this out today and I wasn't too impressed, but it wasn't due to the rock or bolting, or anything to do with the climbing at all. The wind was so bad it made it hard to stay focused on what we were doing and enjoy it. It made us question our holds a little, we had to fight with the ropes bc the wind would pull it to the side, and it was very loud. I think it would be a good place without the wind. Very easy to set up top ropes, but there are no chains at the top of the climbs. There are bolts, usually two next to each other, at the tops, and it's easy to get up on top. There are about 7 routes, ranging from 5.5-5.10a. It's a beautiful view out to the ocean just over the cliffs. The approach is pretty quick and easy. Park at the lot at the point as mentioned, and head up towards the big red sign at the top of the mtn to the south/east. The picture with the arrow is pretty good. The tallest climb is only about 40 feet, if that. All of the climbs have an easy walk-off top if desired. I am used to climbing in Utah, where the air is dry and the rock is the same, but in Hawaii, the rock feels. . .humid, is the best description. Feels like the holds need to be cleaned with a toothbrush, but that may be from the humidity, and it could also be from lots of chalk, but it doesn't appear to be the latter. Also, there is a great climbing shop on the island, quite close to Waikiki. It's called climb aloha and it's run out of a house, but the selection of gear is quite good for such a small place. Look it up on and give them a call. Despite my unfortunate experience with the wind, I will go back. I'll put on some photos when I get a chance. Sep 19, 2009
I personally enjoyed the spot because of the great view of the east Oahu coast. I wouldn't say it's a place to go if you are looking for routes that are challenging but definitely a good place to enjoy a nice sunny day. The routes are well protected and all can be setup for TR very easily. After climb the beach Makapuu beach is just next to it for a nice dip. I would go back because it's a beautiful spot to be. Aug 16, 2010
Here is a google map of the approach trail to the climbing area:

Makapu`u climbing access trail

The easiest approach requires jumping over the railing from the vista area to join the obvious hikers trail. On our initial approach, we mistakenly followed some barely visible, overgrown trail under the telephone poles. Do not go this way! Instead use the hikers trail. (shown in the link) It is heavily traveled even though there doesn't seem to be a conventional way to access it.

The climbing area was in the shade all day, which was pretty awesome. The wind was not bad on our visit but the rock was still wet from recent rain. The views are gorgeous.

I only wish the climbs were longer! After leading a route, we tried variations on top rope to spice it up.

Please pick up any trash at the area when you visit. There was some plastic containers abandoned at the site on our visit, which of course is disrespectful of the land and fellow climbers. Dec 25, 2010
Mark Orsag
Omaha, NE
Mark Orsag   Omaha, NE
Absolutely the most gorgeous place that I have ever climbed-- watched a storm split off the point of Oahu while we were climbing. Quite windy though, as others have mentioned. A couple of the lead routes-- the 5.8-5.9 or so arete and the 10 overhang are actually pretty good, and I liked the solid grippy feeling rock. There was one more ok route (not listed here) around left that went over a low bulge if I remember right (also 8 or so) but not as good as the two aforementioned routes. The one bad memory was trying a swinging trammel-type maneuver, runners had been rigged, between two routes while on TR-- wind blew me into the face hard-- front of left shin swelled up like a grapefruit. Stupid, I was lucky that nothing worse happened...Wind can be an issue here obviously. May 3, 2013
Mark Orsag
Omaha, NE
Mark Orsag   Omaha, NE
Does anyone know if this area still has access or not? Feb 4, 2014
Countzen Shin
Santa Monica, CA
Countzen Shin   Santa Monica, CA
Access is still good! Still Windy! Dec 28, 2014
A fun little crag to hit up for a day if you're on the island. I agree with others, the wind can be a bit of a nuisance (especially when trying to throw topropes down from the anchors...). Overall though, I found that simply ignoring it while climbing works best, perhaps the thought of climbing in the wind is scarier than the wind itself.

We couldn't find the 'hikers trail', perhaps its quite close to the sea cliff? We were a little worried about that, and so trekked inland a bit through some overgrown trails. Not bad, but one should definitely wear pants and some solid shoes if going this route.. Nov 16, 2015
Richard Nakano   Denver

Ran up the hill to this crag today. Pretty awesome view. We were the only ones there, until 2ish. The wind was a little aggressive when setting up a topo, but it wasn't a pain while climbing. The view is amazing, and the hike is 10 min at the most from the parking lot. Cool place to do some low level climbs and get "oo" and "aah" from passing hikers. Overall, I would certainly return next time I'm on Oahu. Please continue to keep it a nice, clean place to climb. Jan 4, 2016
Burny J  
From the southern entrance to the parking lot you will see the trail headed up, its thin but once you're on it you can make your way. Remember it's in the first saddle on your way up. Bring some slings/runners to make better TR anchors. All the bolts I looked at appeared to be in excellent condition. As was said by others, the crag is in the shade and indeed it is very windy. Bring a jacket and your loud voice to communicate with your belayer/climber. Feb 11, 2018

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