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7 hours ago

Very lovely and easy paved 3/4 mile walkway directly to the falls. The pathway is filled with beautiful plants and flowers and the falls, although small, is refreshing, and a beautiful vibrant blue color. As many mentioned there is a $16 charge, but nonetheless, I would suggest this to anyone looking for some leisurely fun.

hiking
7 hours ago

Amazing 3 hour round trip hike with beautiful views! The hike is not crowded, fairly shaded, and adventurous (but not scary compared to other ridge hikes on the island). The stairs at the end are steep, so I would not suggest the hike after rain; check the weather report before you make the journey.

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bugs
muddy
rocky
17 hours ago

Very beautiful hike with the enormous variety of plants and trees that flourish in this nice climate. Make sure to use some mosquito repellent before you go and wear shoes with a good grip. January 4th 2019 it was very busy, muddy, and slippery.
It inspired us to go on hikes around where we live in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada CA.

Rocks can be slippery but footing is solid overall. Good workout; nice morning hike.

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no shade
off trail
over grown
rocky
1 day ago

This is not open to the public. There are signs posted that warn against unauthorized personnel accessing this property. Enter at your own risk (that being a substantial fine $$$). That being said, there is one part of this trail (on the far side of the loop) that is not clearly marked and is not visible. I hiked out “hugging the ocean” only to have to turn around and hike back to the paved road, making this hike twice as long as originally planned. Take plenty of water with you and apply sunscreen to your entire body. Wear a hat that covers as much skin as possible — at the least a baseball hat, but ideally one that will also cover your neck. Steep parts of the backside of the loop are smooth, wide, rocky pathways that were once old lava flows. These are very slippery when dry with a lot of loose gravel, and also dangerous when wet.

on Manoa Falls Trail

hiking
muddy
rocky
2 days ago

Not too far but you will definitely feel the elevation. Very rocky and muddy and be mindful of other hikers.

I think this trail should be rated hard lol. I'm an army officer and have hiked all over the world and this one was a doozy. The descent down to the stream after you leave pu'u pia trail is BRUTAL. Super slick mud, no ropes, and 60 degree incline. It's doable though. Also, there are no signs for the falls and the trails aren't marked. I got lost twice. you really need to plot the location on a good device or use the map on this app, which I did. There is some really creepy caves by the first big pool (Queen's bath) I suggest looking into. There's random pipes and concrete through out the hike in the middle of dense rainforest which just adds to the mystery. It was a fun hike I'll remember forever. The pools was the most refreshing swim I've ever had, no lie. I started my hike around 2 pm and had them all to myself. Bring extra water, you'll need it.

We expected mud, but man, it was MUDDY! The reward at the end was well worth it. My 12 year old jumped off of the larger cliff while my 6 year old jumped off of the waterfall. Bring at least a change of shoes and water to wash off with at the car. Took five of us about 1.5 hours going out, 1 hour at the falls, 1.5 coming back, with frequent stops.

Beautiful views. Wear comfy shoes & bring lots of water and sunscreen. The sun is brutal and there is no shade anywhere. Our first time and we saw whales. Awesome experience for our family.

2 days ago

beautiful hike, so worth the view at the top. easy going and people are friendly.

waterfall a bit overrated. not worth paying almost 16 bucks.lol. nice family walk

very adventurous. nice and cool shaded trail.

very long trail! not one of my favorites but not bad. easily seen trail and there's signs to guide as well! we too our 2 year old along in a carrier! not easy to find parking while busy.

It was 6.5 miles and takes about 6 hours. When you get to the fork, make a right so that you can climb up the waterfalls. Bring gloves because there’s a lot of rope climbing involved and it gets very muddy. The crater trail doesn’t have much cover so bring sunblock and at least 2 liters of water. Do the full crater hike past the water falls because the views of the entire island are worth it. Otherwise, you’ve wasted a long amount of time just going to the waterfalls. If you start before the sunrise, bring a headlamp because the hike starts with an immediate climb down.

hiking
2 days ago

The falls are beautiful, but we were more drawn to the views along the trail leading up to it, and another trail going through the bamboo woods up to the left of the falls. The views were gorgeous, some looked like they were straight out of Jurassic Park. However, because of the easy accessibility of this trail, it gets crowded.

On the day we went hiking here, we later found out there had been a big land slide by the upper waterfall and that some hikers were missing. Hence, be careful with climbing higher and going off the trails, especially after rain. Take the warning signs seriously!

hiking
2 days ago

This may have been my favorite hike I've done on Oahu so far! It's pretty tough (nearly uphill the entire time, some steep and hot parts at the top) without being dangerous like some of the other ridge hikes. There are people on it without it being overwhelming. And the vegetation changes to the top are fascinating. The view is unbeatable. You are looking down into Waimanalo over to Bellows and Kailua, and you can see south all the way back to Koko and even Diamond Head. It's not an easy hike, but so worth it!

Like all the other reviews said, be prepared to get muddy. It was very slippery in some areas, so be careful. It took us just under 3 hours out and back at a leisurely pace. It is a well traveled trail so expect to pass people in both directions. Cross the stream at least four times. Beautiful hike. Well worth the mud.

Very easy going down. The way back up is slightly exhausting though. Make sure to go after a big rain, we went today and the waterfalls were all dried up. There was a small pool of water that some people were swimming in, but this hike is only worth it if the waterfall is flowing. The trail will be very muddy if the waterfall is flowing, if it’s dried dirt you probably picked the wrong day.

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muddy
washed out
3 days ago

Lots of reviews mention that this trail is muddy but I don’t think I was prepared for exactly how muddy it turned out to be. We went the day after some rain and the trail was shoe-sucking muddy from the very beginning until the end. You WILL be caked in it by the time you finish. We had planned to take the loop back to the beginning after the 3rd waterfall but missed it somehow as it was raining and there was very little visibility with the fog/vog. We ended up doing the crater ascent in this and it was pretty unnerving. Everything was incredibly slippery/ impossible to avoid sliding and there was one part in particular that I needed a boost from a military dude behind us to get up because there was literally nothing to grab onto but slick clay. Considering we had no view because of the fog it probably wasn’t worth the ascent but it was too treacherous to turn back. The slow pace caused about 5-9 of us to end up doing it in a group which made everyone feel a lot safer and we had a great time. Overall, didn’t need to do the summit but it definitely made for a very challenging and memorable hike. Planned to take about 4-5 hours with short loop back but it ended up taking us almost 7 with the slow pace. Our watches showed about 7 miles instead of the 5 listed here but with the elevation change it sure felt like more than that.

It's uphill, but paved so seems more trail than hike to me. Regardless, beautiful views from the top.
Hiking down the "secret" trail to the tide pools definitely increased both the challenge and the adventure.

unless you plan on doing the stairway, the trail kind of ends lackluster. Be prepared for lots of mud after a mile and a half. Good hike though. Fresh air.

Many homeless, although I had no issues with my kids.

First of all, the parking! Wow!! can't do much about it, but when when you get a spot your good. The trail is paved all the way and you are in a moderate incline. Worth a morning stroll as we were fortunate to see a few whales early noonish!

A beautiful but technical and treacherous hike. We hiked anti clockwise to the third waterfall then took the path to the right to circle around the crater ridge. The path around the crater was extremely muddy and slippery (I fell a few times). The ascent to the peak of the ridge was very steep and some parts were difficult even with assistance ropes (good upper body strength was required). The views of the crater and the beach and buildings were great. Once we completed the crater ridge we descended via a different path (not via the waterfalls). It took us about 8 hours (going at a slow pace). The All Trails app says the hike is 5 miles (including the crater ridge) but my gps watch recorded 7 miles.

If I were to hike this again I would skip the crater ridge as I felt that the effort was not worth the view a second time. Instead, I would take the path to the left at the top of the third waterfall to connect and descend via the non waterfall path.

Tips:
- If you normally wear glasses, wear contacts. My glasses kept steaming up due to the moisture in the air.
- Do not wear quality pants and socks. They will get extremely muddy from the trail, the climbing and where you have to slide down the path because it is too muddy/slippery to walk
- Hiking poles would have helped
- We carried 3L of water per person which was too much. 1.5L would have been enough as the trail was cool (we went in Jan - temperature of Honolulu was 80 Fahrenheit) and the path was well covered (except for the crater ridge)
- Go with a group, on the crater ridge, having a helping hand or a boost up the muddy, steep ascents was very helpful
- Leave a change of clothes and plastic bags for dirty clothes post hike.

hiking
bugs
muddy
4 days ago

Great for Beginners and people looking for a nice trail for fellowship.

Lots of mud and shade. Will be back to look for the Plane Wreckage.

Short, paved walkway. Beautiful views at the top. It’s more of a uphill walk than a hike, but certainly still enjoyable.

Trail starts off steep and muddy so be sure to grab a walking stick at the beginning of the trail. After the muddy start the trail dries up and flattens our with a few random steep areas. The view at the top is breathtaking and worth the hike.

Upward incline the entire time with some Lookout spots along the way. Some off-paved paths that looked interesting but I wasn't that brave... One wrong foot and you could slip right down the cliffs. Not much to see along the way except cacti and scary spiders in the brush. Once you reach the lookouts to the ocean it's beautiful. Deep blue and you might catch a glimpse of a whale. We saw a little baby one playing in the distance. At one of the whale watch spots there's a steep Rocky trail down to the tide pools. Wanted to do it but it was really windy and we were already pooped as it was our second hike of the day. Heard they are a must see though. Saw tiny people down there floating in them.

Wear appropriate shoes if you're not experienced or tend to be a little clumsy like me. Steep but well worth it. Lots of people but it's a short beautiful tropical hike worth visiting.

hiking
muddy
scramble
5 days ago

steep stairs at the end, quite slippery roots when wet, best when dry conditions. spectacular view from the top! definitely don't bring dogs or young kids

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