Explore the most popular Bird Watching trails in Hawaii with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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muddy
4 hours ago

Man what a beast. I don’t consider myself and wife as novice hikers but this trail was a bit rough. The first half is what you expect. Ups and downs with beauty laying wait around every turn. But after that, the real adventure begins. Mud, sometimes unclear trail, and numerous spots to slip and fall off a bank of some sorts. My wife checked her health app on her phone when we were done and said that we did over 11 miles. Which I think might be closer to the truth. If it was really 8 miles round trip then I guess we are horrible hikers that took way to long. Started at 9.30 and finished around 3.45pm. Swam at the falls which was cold but greatly accepted. My advice. Do it! Take your time, watch your footing, and enjoy the hike. It will definitely test your nerves at some points but don’t give in and turn back. Also with reading other reviews, beware of weather and the river crossings bc the actual trail to the falls is a bit hazardous and there are signs saying with heavy rain the current in the river can be strong. One last thing bring plenty of water!!!!!!! We burned through 3 liters each!

Glad we woke up before sunrise to start this hike. We started in the dark and were basically the only ones on the trail until we met up with the west trail. The muddy, slippery spots were carefully done using poles and wearing hiking shoes with grippy treads. There’s a short rock wall you need to pass which was easier coming down than going up, and another steeper rock climb towards the top. I wouldn’t chance it if it’s super muddy, slippery near there. But once you do, the views are phenomenal! We got halfway up when the sun rose. The entire trek took us a little over 3 hours round trip with time up top to meditate and enjoy the view. The heat and humidity made it difficult, but because we had an early start, it didn’t get unbearable until after 9. A machete at the beginning would have been great to get through the thick tall grass. Poles, decent hiking shoes or trail shoes, lots of water and a snack, and bug spray would suffice. Enjoy the wild flowers and cocoa beans near the top. Start early. You’ll thank me afterwards.

Great hike with a little of everything. After crossing about ten times it is difficult to determine where the trail is, at that point we just walked up the streambed to the waterfall and swimming hole. There are ropes to get to the second tier of the waterfall, it was an easy climb up bit a little sketchy getting back down.

hiking
no shade
over grown
rocky
scramble
8 hours ago

Great all around hike. Challenging physically, great views and some scrambles. No shade and no water on the way. Did not see anyone else except me and my friend on the trail the whole day. One of my favorite hike on the island.

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off trail
rocky
8 hours ago

hiking
9 hours ago

The single trail is really nice and fun to hike. It’s also nice and cool. It would be easy to get off course without the map.

on Waihe'e Ridge Trail

hiking
10 hours ago

Cut your toenails for the way down and start early. Hike starts with steep incline driveway of concrete. that thins out the crowds! if you are lucky enough for a clear morning the views are amazing and you are rewarded with a sense of accomplishment. There is beautiful shaded trail part of the way, steep stairs, and a combination of groomed gravel, sliding dust and mud. I've taken the trail in heat, rain, clouds, and boo for me: mightily hungover. It is goregous but challenging for me late 50s) everytime but always inspired every time.

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bugs
muddy
over grown
10 hours ago

Great trial and amazing views at the end. It is fenced off so you need to climb over the rail to get to the trail. It is rated moderate and while I agree it isn’t for novice hikers. Steep inclines and rough terrain might be hard for people who aren’t used to hiking.

hiking
bugs
muddy
11 hours ago

Well marked trail, big parking area. Great hike

hiking
12 hours ago

One of my favorite hikes. Absolutely beautiful view of Hanauma Bay, and you can even see the downtown Honolulu skyline in the distance. If you want to beat the crowd and heat I recommend making this a sunrise hike. Remember if you’re taking a break move over so others can pass by (not all of you have common sense).

hiking
no shade
rocky
12 hours ago

great hike on an overcast day! Took the dog and he loved it too. went to all of the boxes not just the pink one.

Easy to walk trail, super cool to see the collapsed crater. The steam vents and sulfur banks were really interesting

hiking
bugs
muddy
private property
rocky
washed out
13 hours ago

Amazing trail. Lots of beautiful sights and picturesque moments. One of my favorites. As most ridge hikes go, bring at least 2L of h2o and snacks/food.

hiking
no shade
13 hours ago

The way up was basically like a stair climber with the intensity set on high. The views are worth while. The way down was easy, just have to watch your step.

hiking
bugs
muddy
13 hours ago

Y’all I’m not gonna lie I think I died 4 times (3 times from the hike itself and 1 time from 4 bees sitting on me while they co templates stinging me). It’s a hard hike BUT beautiful at the top

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