Makaua Falls Trail

MODERATE 12 reviews

Makaua Falls Trail is a 1.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Kaaawa, HI that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round.

1.1 miles 610 feet Out & Back

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A short hike to a hidden waterfall at the back of Makaua Valley, Oahu. Best to go after a good downpour as the chute ( 250 feet) is always dry. There are 2-3 rope sections to get to the base of the tallest chute.

4 months ago

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hiking
4 months ago

Awesome hike! The best part doesn't even begin until after the rope grotto.

We warmed up by taking the split in the trail at the cross which good up to the ridge and pillbox. The 30 minute up and back detour was definitely worth it, some of the best views for the difficulty.

Back on the trail to the falls, we decided to stay in the creek bed instead of following the trail since it zigzags quite a bit.

Please be careful, it is very slippery and isn't a good idea after heavy rainfall. Also, I had to treat someone for a concussion and dislocated shoulder after falling in the grotto.

The part after the rope is for experienced hikers only, but rewards those who make it with the best view of the hike.

4 months ago

Went a day after rainfall, figured it'd be more than trickle at least in the falls.. Got past all the lighter falls coming N down the sides, etc, then to the one that you need to rope up. But it was flowing way too hard to even try! If that falls can only be roped up when it's dry wouldn't that mean the large falls at the end would also be dry? I'm confused. Either way. It was a quick, pretty, secluded, fun, rock jumping trail. and I saw a wild boar!

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful hike! The views are amazing! We didn't see a waterfall but the views were absolutely stunning!

10 months ago

Not much water at the waterfall but still a nice hike and fun to climb up the rope.

hiking
10 months ago

It was a perfect day so it was fairly dry(ish) and wonderful views. Some of it is very treacherous and it is never recommended to go past the bunker (if you go up)

geocaching
1 year ago

hiking
1 year ago

A must-do if you make it around to this side of the island. Wear sandals and bring a camera.

birding
1 year ago

Amazing

hiking
1 year ago

I absolutely loved this trail. I isn't the hardest but it was really cool. We do most of our hikes wicked early this trip and had the falls to ourselves for a while when we got there. Saw plenty of people on the way back. A few with kids and dogs.
This trail is pretty easy. A good portion of it is in the sun, so be sure to bring water!

hiking
1 year ago

The view was amazing but it was very hot and I didn't see a waterfall it was very dry and this can be a dangerous hike for people who are not fit and flexible. Would not recommend for multiple children or people with joint issues. The dirt and rocks were very lose. Loved the view.

hiking
1 year ago

Best done when its raining or after a good rainy day! Watch out for flash flood and rock falls.