Monica M. on Waimano Ridge Trail
We decided to go today and the weather did turn on us and shower us with rain. It made the trails very muddy and at some rocky spots, very slippery to walk on. As others have mentioned and recommended, do stay along the river as the trails are not clearly marked. There are different pathways and some are harder to trudge through than others. It is a moderate hike and although its easier for adults, not as easy for a 4 and 6 year old. My girls took it like champs though and made it. Overall, the hike was worth it to see the beautiful waterfall at the top. I would recommend, but maybe not with younger kids. Bring extra change of clothes, towel for later, a backpack with lunch or snacks, and bug spray! Good water /walking shoes as well unless you don't mind your tennis shoes getting muddy and wet.
fun hike, trailhead was not clearly labeled and was muddy at the beginning, got better going up. once you get to the river it is easy to get offtrail, make sure you stay down near the river, or you might end up trying to climb straight up the mountain... overall, great hike, expect to get dirty, but the falls are beautiful!
One of the muddiest, easy trails I know of. Great trail for youngsters, the whole fam but be ready to slip and slide if you don't have hiking shoes.
Pretty much an easy incline the entire way, with a few steeper spots. I'd call it leisurely if it weren't for how muddy it can be! There are some rooty, slippery parts.
Toward the end, you go through some prickly foliage, not a big deal, but if you're sensitive to that, wear some pants.
It's covered just about the whole time, until the end, which is nice. The view at the end isn't a jaw-dropper, but it is great and totally worth the quick hike. Nothing at the end of the trail but a small clearing and an uncomfortable bench that can seat 2.5 skinny people.
Street parking only, and you'll be walking through a residential area to be quiet and respectful.
Change of clothes (in the car)
Plastic bags (in the car)
Beautiful views. We followed the pink ribbons. Only hiked 4 miles in then turned around because of time. We wanted to find the Falls but couldn't. It was a strenuous hike with lots of mud. Enough terrain changes to make it fun. Few parts where the path narrows but there are ropes and never felt terrifying, just exciting. Narrow enough though that I wouldn't recommend it for kids. We only encountered 2 other people. Very peaceful and well marked. Would have been 5 stars but we were disappointed we couldn't find the falls.