Camping at Camp Timberline in the Waianae Mountains

Camp Timberline held its open house last weekend. It's located above Makakilo in the Waianae mountains and offers tent camping ($10/adults, $4/child) and lodging (starting at $45, per person per night) that is safe and has many amenities, including a swimming pool, two hiking trails, volleyball and basketball courts, a horseshoe area and campfire pits.

If you've never been to Camp Timberline before, the drive itself is a bit of an adventure with its 3 1/2 mile winding road up the Waianae mountains. My 7-year-old enjoyed the bumpy ride, and I couldn't help pulling over to take a photo of the view.

Besides camping and its included amenities, there are also additional activities that you may purchase with your package. Pictured above is the low ropes course, which they offer for $25 per person for overnight guests (minimum 10 people).

The two-story keiki clubhouse is a fun hangout. Kids took turns climbing the wooden ladder to the second story—and they can even prevent adults from entering by pulling the ladder above.

The pool, though, is the hands-down favorite for kids and starts at a depth of 3 feet for the youngest of swimmers.

Camp Timberline's hillside is dotted with value-priced bunkhouses, but also has houses that can be rented, including the Hale Ohana house pictured above that costs $325 per night. It boasts four rooms filled with bunkbeds, a full kitchen, dining and living area. Though it may sound luxurious, it still feels like a rustic retreat once inside.

For more information, visit to download a brochure, or call 235-6509 Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.


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