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Not an easy hike. Not especially tiring or anything but you have to watch every step due to muddy trail and the stream crossings are no joke. Be prepared to cross a “stream” 50 feet wide and deep enough that your feet/shoes will be underwater. In the counterclockwise direction, our progress was blocked by a large tree and plant with sharp leaves in the middle of the trail. Trail is through a dense jungle and you can’t just “go around.” Did I mention it’s extremely muddy? Also we went in the dry season after it had not rained for several days.
Like others have said, park at the entrance to the residential area and hike to the beginning of the trail.

Love this trail! Took my two littles with me. Lots of water crossings and mud. There’s even some ruins along the way!

It's the same starting point as a few other hikes, and a great one! I did this hike in mid August. It was really hot but doable and short. The view at the top was worth it. I also wasn't as crowded as I thought it would be.

Gorgeous hike, and not another soul on the trail. Walked this at sunset, and the views from the top of the ridge were incredible. Even though it had been a relatively warm day (highs in the 90s), the walk through the canyon to the Dawn Mine was cool and shady. Highly recommend this.

one of the best hikes of my life. best of all worlds: waterfalls, crater, summit, creek bed, and everything in between.

This is a very unique and rewarding hike! We started at 7am sharp from the parking area just above Manaker Flats campground. The trail was pretty quiet being on a Thursday. After 3 hours and 15 minutes, we reached the summit. On the way up, we took the service road to the top of the chair lift and followed Devils Backbone Trail to the summit. Our descent was via the Baldy Bowl Trail, which was very steep and included many areas of loose sand and gravel. The terrain and surroundings are very unique and I would definitely recommend this hike to any experienced hiker!
Ascent: 3 hours 15 minutes via Devils Backbone
Descent: 2 hours and 30 minutes

Pretty easy going down to the waterfall only about 1.8 miles but on the return it can be a little difficult due to the incline. Plan accordingly.

nice with 4 kids

Attendez vous a devoir vous accrocher tout le long du trail et passer par de multiples états d’esprits, ce trail est long et difficile mais quelle expérience ! Très boueux très glissant, la partie d’escalade sur les chutes d’eau était assez éprouvante et glissante (j’ai de beaux bleus qui en témoignent) mais une fois cette étape passée vous arrivez au cratère et la vue est à couper le souffle ! Le trail est jalonné de vues magnifiques sur la vallée et de passages aux pieds des cascades on ne s’ennuie pas une seule seconde et on se rappelle pourquoi on est venu ici malgré quelques difficultés... Attention au premier Y un arbre est tombé sur le chemin et on a du mal à le trouver. Ne prenez pas le tracé vert à vautre gauche sinon vous allez passer par le retour et prendre le trail à l’envers! Arrivés au niveau du cratère il est possible d’écourter le chemin en coupant sur la crête du cratère située à vautre gauche qui rejoindra directement le chemin du retour

Probably my favorite hike on the island. There is a back trail that bypasses the falls on the way down-it's much faster and safer than climbing down the falls. If you do the full loop going counterclockwise look for the turnoff on the right as you reapproach the final falls. It may not be accurate, but my gps always comes in around 8 miles after going from the parking lot, up the falls, around the crater, and down the back way.

hiking
3 days ago

Fairly moderate with no real gradients. Very muddy at the moment but slippery rather than deep. Very peaceful and great when it’s hot out as it’s fairly covered. Pigs are damaging some of the trail and I saw a fairly large one at the 4 mike mark. Worth doing for a quick outing.

HFD to resume rescue efforts for pair of lost hikers on Windward Oahu trail
http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/38899705/hfd-to-resume-rescue-efforts-for-pair-of-lost-hikers-on-windward-oahu-trail

This hike is definitely intense. Hiked up on baldy trail and back down on devils backbone. Going up is tough is 4000 ft of just straight elevation imagine stair master x10. When you hit the green cabin (there is a little outhouse) you’re about halfway. It’s gets harder after this. The summit is really cool. Great view. Down devils backbone is VERY narrow be extra careful but it’s totally doable. I think this is the best way down opposed to baldy trail its not as intense. Long but not as intense. Plus there is the Mt baldy lodge where you can relax possibly take the ski lift back down if you wish.

Tips: bring at least 2 liters of water. Must wear hiking shoes. Trekking poles are very helpful.

Great trail, though it’s longer than listed. My app said it was 5.6 miles for the loop. Starting at the lower parking lot helped.

hiking
7 days ago

This was for sure closer to 10 miles one way, beautiful trail with lots of tiny waterfalls and beautiful views.

Hiked this with our 3 kids (ages 6, 11 and 13) and had a great time. Views of South Sister, Broken Top and Middle Sister at the top were spectacular! Highly recommend for a family hike!

Really good hike, scenery and foliage was nicer than I expected. Falls were more of a trickle at this time of year, but still lovely. Downhill on the way in, back up to get out. Dogs loved it-- If your dog is not agile they will not be able to get down to the waterfall. We started at 0630 and were back to the car at 0830, didn't see any other people until we were almost back to the car.

Great trail but that Poles section was tough! Bring lots of water, there is no shade on this trail!

I did this hike on a rainy day during a weekday, I’m sure it’d be twice as amazing on a dry day. The hike itself is a great challenge. I did it solo, it gets challenging near the end but I met a couple of adventurers already at the top who helped me along the way. It was good challenge and I’d definitely do it again if I had more time.

This is the best hike I’ve ever been on! It was so beautiful, you see everything from a stream, huge rocks, wildlife (we saw a huge snake on the trail) AND there’s a bunch of shade. Not to mention, we only saw about 4 different groups the whole time we were on it, which was a Saturday. It was a little hard to find at first but man, id recommend this trail to anyone!

Quiet technic but ok ... super place to see ... we enjoyed it . Not for raining days at all ... our 9 walked easily to the fall but he is used to .

Didn’t notice any smoke today. Seems to be one of the few places unaffected by the fires.

Hiked this yesterday. Very low traffic, which was nice. Hazy at the top, got some weather for a few minutes. You can see smoke, but didn't interfere with the hike. It was a great day in the 70's, cooler at the top.

fun and challenging ascent. gets really hot with minimal shade so pack plenty of water

hiking
8 days ago

Humid but not hot due to tree and then fog cover. Occasional fantastic views. Muddy, trail runners are okay. Overall great!:)

Can anyone comment on the smoke at the top? I did Bighorn on Wednesday and the conditions weren't the best.

Virtual Hike: https://youtu.be/pZEPeV_vT2w

we met up slightly after the sunrise for a relatively cool hike, despite the season. The beginning of the trail is paved, but quickly hits dirt. The trail eventually finds sanctuary from the sun as the canyon narrows. It’s a pretty easy trail, and I recommend it for any beginner looking to lengthen their hike. the area by the mine is nice and shaded. The hike to the mine is relatively short, extend it for the full sunset loop trail.

Hope you enjoy!

Playlist for the trail:
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the trail was great not much water but still a great view and great pictures. but like everyone says the last part of the hike is all up hill to get back to your car so defiantly prepare for a work out

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