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A very big disappointment. Trash through out the trail, shopping cart with junk in the middle of the trail. Surrounding the pool of the water fall were men’s used underwear, match sticks , tampons and other nasty trash. Up on the cliff area there is a tent with a homeless person living there. On the other side is a homeless camp. As we left the area we were looking down the stream on the other side and some druggie guy started yelling .. what! Then started walking towards up in a threatening manner. This place is not worth the trouble.

hiking
1 day ago

Started off on the ridge trail but took a side path down to a waterfall. Long hike but worth it with the waterfall. Waterfall not on AllTrails so search it on howzitboy hikes YouTube to find it

hiking
1 day ago

go early to avoid the sun

Well used path, cemented in some parts. Could do a running stroller with bigger tires.

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muddy
2 days ago

I chose this trail hoping it would be good to do with my baby in the carrier. I'm an experienced hiker and expected a 5 mile moderate trail to be great for us. The trail really was not clearly marked, so after crossing the creek we ended up on a pretty steep incline up the mountain. It was a pretty hard trail, but we totally followed the ribbons and signs with arrows, so I thought we were on track... until I checked my recording and realized we weren't. There were really amazing views this way after hiking probably a quarter mile uphill to the ridge, but there was nothing moderate about it. We turned back and I had to slide down on my butt to keep safe (there was a "rope" that was actually a hose, so. It much grip). We ran into about 5 other hikers in two or three groups at the bottom of the steep incline who were all looking for nu'uanu trail, so I wasnt the only one confused. We ended up going back and trying a different direction, which ended up being kind of the right way, but there were a ton of fallen trees over the creek bed, so we couldnt pass. We looked around and wandered in the jungle a little looking for a way around and couldn't find a safe way. So we ended up heading all the way back to the stream and taking judo trail from there, which eventually led to nu'uanu trail. (Yay!) I figured since we'd spent so much time trying to find the trail we would give it a try, but the trail was so muddy and slick by the first switchback I decided to turn around. By that time, I was so tired from hiking the wrong ways and the mud and trying to keep the baby safe thru all of it that I just decided to give up and have dinner. Though it didnt go as planned, I enjoyed the hike, and so did my baby. It was very shady and very beautiful, though the only real views we got (with our limited time on nu'uanu trail) were from the first leg where we went the wrong way. I'll do a lot of hiking here again without the baby so I don't have a 20lb limp on my back throwing off my balance. And also I'll know where I'm going, which will save a lot of time! Check out my recording and learn from my mistakes!

hiking
2 days ago

Think Stairmaster on steroids. Make sure you bring lots of water since the hike is very hot during the daytime. There are areas on the trail that are a little bit more difficult than others. But if you at the top are pretty incredible. Great for sunrises

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no shade
2 days ago

Très beaux points de vue chemin asphalté facile d’accès prévoir crème solaire et eau pour tous

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off trail
rocky
scramble
3 days ago

This is a short trail off of the main makapu'u lighthouse path. If the wind isn't too bad and the waves aren't too big then it will be a nice dip in the water. A little bit of a scramble but it is very clearly marked on rocks along the path. Overall a great view and a nice little hike.

This hike is very difficult on the legs/calves/thighs; however anyone can make it to the top as long as they go at their own pace. I had to stop several times but made it up. The view is worth the hike and much cooler and windier up there. Take your time and enjoy the view at the top because the way down is quite hard as well. Bring water!!! Overall really cool hike, felt very accomplished at the end.

hiking
3 days ago

Very steep. The views are epic! Highly recommended. Park at Hanauma Bay before 8am to get a parking space. Cost $1 to park.

Great 17 trail system! Started from Kanealole left side up to Makiki tantalus trailhead and then down left and up to Nahuina tantalus trailhead (1 hr, 3mi) back down and took Makiki trail to Maunalaha trail back to Nature Center (total 6mi, 2.5hr). Has both muddy rainforest and nice woods

busy and easy... paved path all the way up

Easy! Just the one section where you have to step on very well spaced beams. The bypass is worse. Just do it!

hiking
5 days ago

I will be in Oahu 2/22 -3/6, looking for someone to do this hike sunrise with me! If you are adventurous, DM me on IG @omyogigurl

Nice day hike. Other hikers on trail but not crowded like some hikes on Oahu. Steps towards summit were slick due to moisture. Trekking poles help. Views on summit were cloud obscured but still worth the trip. All trails directions to trail head are wrong-private property. Need to start on other side of ridge line.

Great hike for families with young children. The trail is paved which makes it stroller friendly. Very popular trail which makes parking a pain but saw many cars parked on the shoulder along the road.

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rocky
scramble
5 days ago

Walked over about 90 minutes before low tide. Water got to about chest high. Hike is more of a scramble. I would classify it as moderate. Was warned by locals not to trust the rope at the top, didn’t need it.

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no shade
washed out
5 days ago

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no shade
5 days ago

The trail definitely kicks your a** and makes it pretty obvious. At first glance from the bottom you think “that doesn’t look too bad”. The trail steadily increases incline all the way up to the top, I found venturing on the dirt at the side is a whole lot easier than climbing the rails imo. If you’re short you’ll be knees to chest on this one for a good 30min. Started this trail at 6am and made it with a lot of time to spare to watch the sunrise (which I highly recommend over any other time). Definitely worth waking up extra early for. Bring a convenient form of light I had portable inflatable lanterns which a lot of people were impressed with, highly recommend those. Not an easy hike at all, but a 360 degree view well worth it.

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muddy
5 days ago

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no shade
5 days ago

Short but steep hike!!!!! Great parking. No shade so take plenty of water. I’d recommend a hat and not to over dress. Trail can be slippery after rain. Some side trail if you don’t want to take the stairs all the way up. If you’re not in shape be sure you have extra time to spare. Can get really crowded in the mornings.

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closed
6 days ago

Tried to go - guards stop you. They say trail is closed.

Great walk with the family and pet friendly. Paved path is wide and great to do if your other planned hikes are washed out by rain. Still a good uphill climb with great views. On the way down, the last lookout closest to the bottom has a small path not tracked by All Trails. It follows the remaining ridge line down to Pele’s Chair and was a lot of fun if you are looking for a little bit of adventure. It probably descents about 150 ft. To the shore level.

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bugs
muddy
over grown
rocky
scramble
6 days ago

The first quarter mile off of the Aiea loop trail was easy. Then came the climb down. It was steep and slippery in places. Most of the hike in the bottom of the gulch both before and after the waterfall is climbing over river rocks. The waterfall itself was nice, my boys jumped in and swam. It was deep and the water was clear. It was after the waterfall that things took a turn. There are ribbons marking where to cross the river immediately after the waterfall then nothing for about a quarter mile. We weren’t sure we were still going the right direction until my son saw the pink bottle top nailed into a tree. The rest of the trip back up was sheer climbing, holding on to brush, roots and crawling until you get halfway up the ridge where you walk about a half mile in thorny brush. The round trip was almost 6 miles and it took us 5 hours. That includes the 20 minutes spent at the waterfall. There are a great many other waterfalls on the island that are way easier to get to. If your in it for the waterfall the hike is not worth it. If you love to climb and crawl and like a challenge, bring plenty of bug spray, water and a walking stick or two and good luck. That was the first and only time I will do this hike, my husband and kids said the same.

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