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Very easy walk around lush garden to see the falls. More of a walk then a hike.

nature trips
6 days ago

The trail to the top of the waterfall is hidden, look to your right!

Easily one of the more enjoyable routes Ive done. I didnt see another person on the trail until I was nearly back to the trailhead. Bring lots of water, wear long pants to avoid scratches.

Short but fun trail. Small swimming hole up top. Cool spot.

The view of the crater after the recent activity is what makes this trail fantastic. Nicely shaded area to walk in on the return.

CLOSED FOR GOOD- This crater was absorbed by the recent eruption. The ranger I spoke with last weekend indicated it is not coming back for public use. Thurston lava tubes, across the street from this trail head, is also closed.

I had hoped to bring my family on this hike, as it was incredible. It will be interesting to see what Pele has created for future exploration.

Steep very steep. Hike up isn’t to bad especially compared to ( captain cook ) but if your not in very good shape you could try to hitch a ride back up from a local. Valley views are pretty cool but not necessarily my favorite place we visited on the island.

not a hike but a lovely, picturesque walk

The most beautiful and biggest waterfall I have ever seen in my entire life! (so far)
A very short walk, but very crowded. However, everyone was nice enough to let everyone have a turn to get a good enough shot at the falls!

Closed due to 2018 volcanic activity.

Access road, Crater Rim Dr. as well as Chain of Craters Rd, was closed due to the Dec 18 partial govt shutdown.

Closed due to 2018 volcanic activity.

Access road, Crater Rim Dr. as well as Chain of Craters Rd, was closed due to the Dec 18 partial govt shutdown.

Nice path and great views of the caldera, unfortunately the lower loop is closed, see uploaded pics, due to recent volcanic activity.

hiking
24 days ago

Difficult to locate the trail head and any potentials of a trail are overgrown. Plus the signage, pic uploaded, is quite deterring.

The falls can be see from the trail that can be found.

walking
24 days ago

Get ready for some awesome views with little effort to get there. Parking is mega close and the pots and falls are worth seeing.
Did notice some folks trying to swim in the pools, but not recommended with all the signage, hefty fines.

walking
25 days ago

Awesomely full falls! A couple options for viewing, Enjoy!

on Wai'ale Falls Trail

26 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

Did the south part only. the small beach at the end is beautiful but small and not convenient for swimming. Thought the north part/beach should balance that.

hiking
1 month ago

Trail is difficult to find. The entry is a small rocky hill between the 2 bridges marked with a "no swimming" style sign. Follow the trail down almost to the water, the trail will be up and to the right. It was obscured by some low branches that forced us to take off our packs and just about crawl under. After that, the trail was fun, narrow, and easy to follow. At the top you are rewarded with several 30'+ waterfalls and a large moonscape of rapids/waterfalls that you can explore. Awesome trail!

12.06.18 Still closed, looking forward to doing this trail in the far off future.

1 month ago

Not a hike but a very pretty view. Great place for someone who wants to see a beautiful waterfall but has mobility concerns.

The falls area beautiful, not a lot of water flowing on the day we went. Would enjoy seeing it again when the flow is higher.

1 month ago

Stopped here after Rainbow Falls, looks interesting but the water level was very low and there wasn’t much boiling going on.

As of 11.23.18 this is still closed.

As of 11.23.18, this trail is still closed. We have done this trail in years past and were looking forward to it again. Maybe next time.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful beach at the first part - swam with a sea turtle. Black Beach was pretty but not a good place to spend the day. Saw a monk seal.

hiking
2 months ago

From the parking area, 40 min. to beach. Outstanding swimming and snorkeling area. I’ve visited this beach several times over the years and it has become quite popular but still room for some degree of privacy. Many shade opportunities too. I would advise against wearing Flip Flops during the trek in due to the lava section of the trail. Well worth the time and effort.

Very muddy and slippery, would advise hiking shoes as running shoes would get soaked and stuck in the mud.

Wear a swimsuit and shoes that you don't mind getting muddy. We took the road to the left of the steep to view the falls. Then walked until we could go no further without trespassing. It was fun to explore, plus we saw a lot of horses in the road. But nothing else to see beyond the clear view of the falls. Going back towards the road to the black sand beach was very muddy. The black and beach is gorgeous and the sand is so soft. if you like to walk barefoot in the sand I suggest bringing a small towel to clean your feet before you put your sneakers back on to hike back up. The steep road down is about 1 mile , but feels like 2 miles going back up. With the humidity and getting waist deep wet to cross to the other side of the black sand beach; I was sweaty once we returned to the Waipio Lookout. I was so glad I had packed a dry pair of clothes to change into in the car. Overall we spent about 3.5 hours hiking and enjoying nature there. So beautiful!

I did this trail last year. It was cool and the rangers definitely push people towards this trail. The one across the street is far cooler. Both are closed, apparently, due to recent volcano activity.

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