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

hiking
muddy
private property
11 hours ago

I will be hiking this trail again after work in about 5 hours from now. Email me at Justindavidsands@gmail.com if need a guide. If you plan on a seperate day there is a small chance depending upon day of the week that I may be available or planning to hike the full trail so contact me anyway if interested. This is most local avid hikers favorite trail on the island. The top of the haiku stairs by the radio tower is the best view on the island IF it is clear up there but the incredible waterfall experience combined with ridge hike view makes this one the best on the island overall. Climbing up the third waterfall in particular is amazing as it feels like an infinite waterfall that never ends. The view from the top is also worth it if it is clear. If it has been dry for some time and no rain is planned this is a great choice. If it is raining then bring crampons. If you need hiking gear and are willing to pay way more then on amazon to get it immediately, climb aloha in waikiki has it all. I initially hiked this one on my own and using trial and error combined with the alltrails gps I was able to work it out within 2-3 visits. If you plan on going without a guide and there is no-one to follow, plan some extra time for the inevitability of getting lost.(moanalua valley to haiku stairs is even worse in that regard). This is by far the best and biggest waterfall experience on he island that makes manoa and lulumahu look like coy pond fountains but it is not without risks. Keep that in mind if you do decide to make the choice of hiking this.

my husband and I have done this trail twice now. its extremely muddy and a lot of work but definitely worth it all. the only recommendation I have is DO NOT DO IT IN THE RAIN. it's very slick and very dangerous.

hiking
blowdown
muddy
rocky
scramble
5 days ago

Hike to the first falls is fine for the average hiker but go beyond that and you better be comfortable with serious scrambling, rope climbing and heights! Hiked the entire trail although the app paused part of the way and it is in the top 5 hikes I have ever done. Super sketchy in spots and steep. it was very muddy in spots and the ridge had some areas that were extremely slick, especially in the dangerous areas. The trail gets as narrow as 2 feet with shear drop off in some areas as you traverse the crater/swamp so be careful. I used hiking poles where I could for extra stability and balance but there were multiple areas even those were of no use. Upper body strength is a must for both accents and decent. 5+ hours totally perfect weather and burned through 4 liters of water so make sure you pack enough. I can’t stress enough to watch your limitations, stay off the crater ridge after strong or prolonged periods of rain and TAKE YOUR TIME. Mind your footing. With all of the warnings the 360 degree view of Oahu at the peak of the crater is amazing!

hiking
muddy
rocky
scramble
5 days ago

6 days ago

Pali Highway is under construction due to rock and landslide around one of the tunnels.

Bus stop very close by, very convenient. Would recommend using map for this one and only going if the weather is ideal. Got lucky and came on a relatively dry day. Wear water shoes or good mud shoes.

hiking
7 days ago

Can try coming from Old Pali Road via Likeke Falls from the Koolau Golf Club or from Maunawili Falls to Maunawili Trail. Maunawili Trail connects to the Old Pali Road. Currently, there is major repair work going on around the Pali tunnels due to rock and landslide. They might blocked off all exits/entrances to the Old Pali Road.

amazing views, lots of exercise and some tricky areas but lots of fun

This hike was truly amazing. Be warned it is muddy and there was a point where it was so slick the foot grips were non existent so you needed a second person to boost you over the ridge. It's tiresome but possibly the best views on the island. I'm an avid hiker and this would be in my top 5. It took about 4 hours for us to complete but we are all in our 20's and very fit. I understand why most people average at least 5 hours.

I’m trying to do this trail in 3 weeks. I’m a rock climber and photographer but I’m looking for someone who knows the spots. @darryljon on IG. Take me and I’ll give you dope pics!

hiking
11 days ago

Love this trail and all that it offers! This is a must hike.

trail running
11 days ago

Overall decent trail

hiking
13 days ago

Wondering if anyone knows a different way to get to this hike? The Pali hwy is closed and an officer stated you can’t access the trail head..

hiking
no shade
scramble
17 days ago

Really great views, not for the faint of heart though. It's pretty easy overall, but there is one scramble that I think is more on the moderate side.

White arrows mark the way. A pink ribbon behind a "do not cross" sign started the trail.

Overall, I do not recommend doing this alone if you're not very confident. Going up is easy, coming down is difficult. Worth the view 100%, though.

This trail has a lot to offer, waterfalls and 360 views of the island, but it requires a lot of work. As previously stated, the trail is muddy, so it’s easy to loose your footing, particularly when going around the crater after reaching the first peak. It took us over 7 hours to complete. We stopped to take in each fall and hung out at the summit, but it still felt long for sure! Overall, it was incredible but also taxing.

hiking
18 days ago

Am I biased because it was cloudy? Maybe.. was it because I was cold an ill prepared. Possibly.. would I say it was worth it?... well yea, and I’ll probably go again.

Beautiful views. We took our dog and the top was much too steep for him. Steep for me too.

There’s really not much to the trail, it’s short, good view of ocean, but it leaves much desire to be filled as far as awe inspiring hikes.

hiking
muddy
scramble
20 days ago

on Wailupe Loop Trail

hiking
muddy
20 days ago

hiking
muddy
over grown
private property
scramble
21 days ago

hiking
muddy
rocky
25 days ago

Was crazy amazing lol

hiking
muddy
scramble
25 days ago

Wow - how to possibly sum up this unbelievable, jaw-dropping hike! I SO strongly recommend this hike for the athletic and adventurous. However, this is NOT for those with height anxiety! The beginning is not too bad, kind of your classic jungle hike. You'll arrive at waterfall #1 which is incredible picturesque. I don't recommend jumping in because you're only about 1/10 into the hike at that point and nothing's worse than wet socks. From #1, you'll start the tough incline, with support from bungee cords and ropes positioned decades ago. Most all of them feel safe. Then you'll arrive at the base of waterfall #2 which I don't believe was swim-able. Look to your right at waterfall #2 and you'll see continued bungee cord/ropes to lead you to the top of of the waterfall, and from there you start a pretty tough winding trail (with ropes) to take you to waterfall #3, which is incredibly tall (not swim-able). A girl we saw on the trail turned back at this point because she missed the ropes there. Discretely to the left of the waterfall, you'll find even more ropes and you'll be literally climbing beside, through, and across waterfall #3 for about a half hour. Rocks were sometimes slick but the ropes were sturdy overall. This was an INCREDIBLY exciting part of the hike! You'll arrive at the top of the waterfall (estimating you're about 2.5 hours in at this point), and here is where the crater hike BEGINS. Prepare for narrow (literally one foot DIRECTLY in front of another), muddy, slippery, and hard core climbing with support from cords/ropes. I highly suggest bringing gloves for this portion. My hands were a wreck by the end, especially since they were covered with dehydrating red clay all day. You'll climb up and up and up until you reach the very tip of the mountain, and the view is simply out of this world. You'll follow the narrow ridge along, past both of the electrical towers, all the way around the other side of the crater. The hike down, like most descents, is less exciting than going up. It took about 2 hours to round the entire crater, and another 1.5 or so to climb back down to the car, about 6 hours total for an athletic group of 3 that stopped for photos often. If you have a full day to devote to hiking, I haven't hiked one that was as satisfying and rewarding. Wear pants, as you'll be crawling, walking through high grass, and occasionally sliding down on your butt, and I do NOT recommend this trail when raining. It would be incredibly treacherous to attempt the ridge when slippery.

Great trail. Not sure how it’s supposed to be 7.2 miles. I did it in much less..

hiking
muddy
26 days ago

I see some people wrote this was easy, for me it was NOT. I’ve done some pretty hard hikes and this was one I’m glad I knocked off my list but won’t be doing again. While short and amazing views, it’s very steep I had to go down this sitting and scooting. But I’m also afraid of heights so just don’t look down. Had to climb on all fours going up and also on the way back had to climb down steep rock as we went the wrong way. I’d suggest gloves for this hike.

Courte randonnée pour découvrir un joyau caché d'Oahu. Moins connu que "l'escalier" sur l'autre versant du cratère, donc pas encombré de touristes. Cadre naturel magnifique qui vaut bien la montée !

Great hike! Challenging and fun with awesome views! Would categorize as hard.

Took us just under 5 hours - hiked the whole loop. Here’s what you NEED to know.

FYI- I am 28, runner/in shape, above average experience hiker, not very scared of heights/ropes, wear hiking boots. we did this hike after it had NOT rained for 2 days. Keep in mind as you read my review!

How to get there/where to park: We put Waiomao road in our GPS. Drive all the way until the road ends, you’ll wind through a neighborhood and the roads get very narrow. At the end of the road there will be a small gravel space to park about 4 cars. You’ll see a row of mailboxes and a yellow sign marking the trail. If parking is full there are side streets you can park on in the neighborhood.

Navigating where to go on trail: IMPORTANT
- I tried doing this hike for the first time 2 days ago with friends and we got VERY lost! Ended up following the stream for too long (20 minutes) & took a trail on the right with pink ribbons that went straight up a steep ridge. We found out this was the Maumaue trail. What is confusing is that LOTs is trails use pink/orange ribbon - keep that in mind when you start out.
- Trail starts dropping you down to the stream. You’ll walk along/in stream for about 10 minutes. We had to cross the stream and just walk in it at times because we couldn’t find a clear trail. You’ll see a white sign on the right that says “almost there” and this is where you will see a pipe on the left side of the stream. TURN LEFT HERE and out of the stream. If you miss this pipe turn, you’ll miss the trail completely like we did the first time. I posted a picture of this too.
- From here you’ll follow the pipe along the trail to the first waterfall. The pipes come and go and are not always there. There are occasional orange and pink ribbons but not many. Trail is muddy, lots of roots, fallen trees, and slopes down a lot so you have to be careful not to fall.
- Another 10 minutes of hiking the trail along the pipe you’ll get to a place where when crossing the stream you can go left or right. It’s subtle and we had to stand and decide which trail to take. There is a GREEN ribbon in this area so you’ll know when you get there. Go RIGHT trail so you don’t miss the waterfalls. If you pick the trail to the left you’ll be going counterclockwise and miss all of the waterfalls. The left trail is also where you’ll be coming out on the way down from the loop.
- It took us 1 hour to get to first waterfall and that was moving at a good pace, no stops.

Waterfall section:
- First waterfall- we climbed down to the bottom for a look, but you need to stay up on the trail and take ropes to the LEFT to continue on the trail.
- After ropes, walked in stream/trail about 10 minutes to second waterfall. Second waterfall, ropes are on the RIGHT. This is pretty steep.
- At the top you’ll have to cross the waterfall to get to trail on the left side of stream. Continue on trail about 10 minutes for the 3rd and longest waterfall
- 3rd waterfall is FUN if you like to climb a bit. If you’re scared of heights or depending on ropes - don’t do it. Once you start it you’ll have to finish it because it’s not safe to turn around!
- Took us about 15 minutes to get to the top. had to focus and use body strength to get up there.

Crater Hike section:
- Got to top of waterfalls about 2 hours in to hike.
- Took trail to the RIGHT to start our ridgline climb to the stop. I’m in shape and I had to stop a few times to catch my breath! It’s steep.
- The climb is not for anyone who is afraid of heights. There were times toward the top where I had to crawl on my hands and knees to get up sections because it was so steep. I was relieved to get to the top after about 30 minutes I’d climbing the ridge. If you climb to the top like this I would recommend doing the whole crater loop because it’s too steep to go back down the way you came up safely in my opinion.
- AMAZING view of the crater, honolulu and the windward beaches to the right. Worth the climb.
- We then continued around the crater and it was VERY VERY muddy!!! We were covered - Had to slide on our butts a lot because of how steep some sections were.
- Walk around the crater took about an hour and he path was very overgrown at parts. Least fun part of the hike.

GETTING BACK:
- As you round the crater toward where you came up, you’ll see a metal pole on your right with a pink ribbon - this is the way down. This comes BEFORE where you came up on the waterfalls. If you get back to where you came up the waterfalls you’ve gone too far and missed the trail down.
- Getting down only took us about an hour, trail isn’t too steep.
- You’ll come out past the first waterfall on the steam you walked in on and only have about 20 minutes left until you’re done.

TIPS-
1) Read about and know where you’re going and what to look for ahead of time.
2) Give yourself lots of daylight. In the forest it gets dark as early as 5p

One of my favorite hikes on island! Any creative individuals looking to collaborate or hike HMU on insta! @nikkihuber

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