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This was a nice hike. Did it about a month ago. There are a few spots to go off trail and enjoy the stream. We went after a nice rain so it was a bit muddy, but very enjoyable. The waterfall at the end offers a refreshing view.

I really enjoyed this hike. It was an easy trail and I liked the waterfall but the water was a bit cold. I liked the tall and beautiful trees especially in the beginning of the hike

Trail was a lot of fun. It took me about 3 hours with some stoppage for breaks and pictures! The first mile and a half was pretty standard although expect a lot of incline walking. Once you reach the staircases you’ve got about .75 miles left but it’s mainly uphill from there.

This was my first time hiking this trail and I really didn’t expect to literally be climbing up the side of a mountain. It was a pretty dry day and on the way up I was definitely glad that I had worn hiking boots (a bit of grip) cloud cover came in so it started to rain on my way down and my boots were a godsend!

Fantastic views. Light showers the day we went so definitely slippery/precarious in spots. Cooled you off though! Rehydrated and rested at the second pillbox for a while to enjoy the amazing views and breezes.

Saw some parents bringing their toddlers, which definitely made me a bit anxious on their behalf.

As others have noted, the ridge does have some drop offs, can get super slippery/muddy when it rains and has ropes in spots to help you climb up. A couple of the ropes look like they’re on their last threads though so test before putting all your weight on those.

on Manoa Falls Trail

4 days ago

very easy trail but endured much rain and mud ( it is after all in a rain forest). the falls we're beautiful but they were roped off so no getting under them

the trail itself was very difficult to find and it was quite apparent that many hikers found different ways to get to the falls which were well worth it!

Awesome hike! Beautiful views. Worth every drip of sweat 酪

It took us less than 3 hours to complete the trail and we would definitely recommend it. We really enjoyed the views and especially hiking on the ridge of the mountain. The trail is really muddy. It gets a little challenging at some point but not that difficult.

Went for sunrise, was raining, dark, and muddy, but cleared right as we got to the top and saw a beautiful sunrise! Definitely worth getting so dirty, hoping to do again soon

Wonderful hike, went up fresh after a little rain which made the upper third of the hike very muddy and slippery. Altogether a beautiful view and trip, lots to see along the way as well!

SUPER muddy, wet, slippery hike. Easy for the first mile +, then lots of washed out stairs. Worth every step and fall through the mud once you reach the 360 view at the top.

Expect to get super dirty. I’m not sure how bad it is when it hasn’t rained in a few weeks, but some spots are all mud due to no sunlight through the trees.

Go to the top peak. Make it up the steep straits and use the ropes. It’s worth it!

BE CAREFUL GOING DOWN! Super slick. Expect to fall ALOT. Awesome hike as long as you’re okay with being muddy :)

Pretty easy hike. Very lush and waterfall at the end, definitely recommend wearing bug spray!

Also recommend hiking the arboretum right there - very lush and beautiful scenery. Another small waterfall, but far less busy!

Definitely hard in some areas! We didn’t do the out and back but did the whole trail instead. Stunning views throughout.

At the falls right now. My boys, 5 and 7, love doing this hike. Love this hike!!!

12 days ago

Expect muddy, all shady. We enjoy the trail. Ending with plenty strawberry guava.

hiking
13 days ago

Definitely requires good shoes, would advise against flip flops and slippery tennis shoes. Went up there a couple days ago and one lady had to be airlifted, she fell and was laying there for a while until help arrived.

Locals supposedly say this is the one of the best views of the entire island and I can definitely see why. The views at the top are gorgeous and you literally get to see a 360 degree panoramic view of the entire island of Oahu.

The trailhead is located in an affluent neighborhood which kind of reminded me of Beverly Hills houses. The trail starts off in a forest with trees overarching each other and after a few miles it becomes quite an adventure with you ascending up steep and muddy staircases. There's even a section where you need to use a rope to help pull yourself up the stairs.

This trail is so lush and green throughout that it will have you constantly looking in awe of your surroundings. There was alot of mosquitoes/gnats on this trail so recommend that you bring your spray or have long pants and long sleeves while doing this. It became quite annoying. When you get to the top near the antenna, make sure to keep going just a bit further where you will find a bench with the most amazing viewpoint. Be careful on the descent down as alot of the trail is slippery because of the mud!

- @justroc @just.trek

hiking
15 days ago

Humid and muddy, excellent views , we did see a waterfall. Took us approximately. 2 hours. I am currently out of shape and would rate it challenging for me. The experienced hiker of the group rates it as moderate due to the slippery mud factor after the recent rains. Very lightly trafficked. We went on a Sunday and saw only 2 other hikers. I agree with other posters, park at the beach down the street.

Nice hike. Kinda crowded around the pillboxes, but the views are worth it. I recommend hiking the whole trail, not just to the pillboxes and out.

Overall a great trail. Two of us and our two dogs completed it. A couple of updates from some of the other comments.

Definitely park at the beach park. No real room to park at the entrance without trashing someone’s lawn. Plus it gives you a place to rinse off afterwards.

Definitely bring bug spray

Definitely hike the loop in a clockwise manner

There were no trees blocking the trail.

It was muddy but we just had some pretty big rain storms the past week. Wear shoes with a good grip and you don’t mind getting dirty

The “water fall” is only about 6-8 feet tall and you are actually higher than it as you walk by.

hiking
17 days ago

Fun shade canopy trail that can be muddy. The out and back trail is a good path. Part way in there's a sign for the ridge trail. We took that one on the way back. No mosquito action only nats towards the end with the rotted mountain apples.

on Manoa Falls Trail

hiking
17 days ago

Great hike. A little muddy and slippery today but overall good. Beautiful scenery.

Our first family hike with our dog and it was great. This is good for beginners.

Pretty muddy today and one part was sketchy but overall it was with it in the end. I loved it!

worth it

Great sunrise hike, amazing views! Pretty quick up and down. Don’t let the rain scare you, the rainbow to follow is amazing up there.

hiking
20 days ago

Really easy and enjoyable hike. The waterfall was worth the $5 parking fee.

The first mile is a dirt road which helps a whole lot. The next 1.5 miles is challenging but not difficult. The challenge is climbing so many steps. It takes a lot of endurance. The view looking back to the city was fantastic. Unfortunately, the clouds settled in towards the top. There was no view from the top. Worth doing if you want exercise and a challenging hike.

walking
22 days ago

Nice easy quick trail. Slippery near the waterfall.

This is one of the best hikes on Oahu in my opinion! It's somewhat challenging with a bit of danger, but nothing compared to some of the other ridge trails. I see plenty of kids and older people on it, just be aware and don't be foolish. The view from the 2nd pillbox is simply stunning. You can see all the way from Kaneohe Bay to Waimanalo. It's a stunning place that I love.

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