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 · Updates
Admins: 20 kN

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
 26
The Chimney (Route 7)
Trad, TR
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 15
Route 2
Trad, TR
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 3
Cane Spider Crimp Traverse
Sport
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b PG13
 4
Ledges Direct
Sport, TR
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 29
Ol' Faithful (Route 3)
Sport, TR
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 33
Trust Fall (Route 6)
Sport, TR
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 20
Potato Chip (Route 4)
Trad, TR
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 24
Cool Pic (Route 10)
Sport, TR
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 21
Ledges (Route 11)
Sport, TR
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
 9
Frosted Flakes
Sport, TR
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 52
Snaggletooth (Route 9)
Sport, TR
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 21
Big Forehead (Route 5)
Sport, TR
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
The Chimney (Route 7)
 26
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad, TR
Route 2
 15
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad, TR
Cane Spider Crimp Traverse
 3
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Sport
Ledges Direct
 4
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b PG13 Sport, TR
Ol' Faithful (Route 3)
 29
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport, TR
Trust Fall (Route 6)
 33
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport, TR
Potato Chip (Route 4)
 20
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, TR
Cool Pic (Route 10)
 24
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport, TR
Ledges (Route 11)
 21
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport, TR
Frosted Flakes
 9
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c Sport, TR
Snaggletooth (Route 9)
 52
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport, TR
Big Forehead (Route 5)
 21
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport, TR
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Routes Mostly Face: North
Sunny Roughly 6am to 9am during high season
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Details: The area receives morning sun and shade around 9 - 10 AM.

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