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It rains so often that the trail is slippery. The trail starts out wide and beautiful but narrow towards the end. Some areas are difficult to get up. The waterfall barely had any water coming down when I went back in October. Hopefully that will change because I was really disappointed. The thing I will remember the most is all the wonderful people. Tip- don't wear flip flops (too muddy) and use bug spray.

Beautiful waterfall. I'm not a strong hiker but this was a manageable but good cardio workout

Too many tourists in flip flops struggling to get up and down made it frustrating at times. However, the vegetation and waterfall were beautiful. Definitely a great one to do if you want a short, relatively easy hike with many beautiful photo opportunities.

1 day ago

One of my favorite. It’s a moderate hike but you can take the kiddos. Make sure you bring water with you and your camera ready to take spectacular pics!

There are two main hikes that shares the same 'trailhead'. Not too far into the start, look for a junction marked by a 'memorial cross' on the ground. Turn left and ascend steeply to gain the ridge top. If you continue straight on the path at the junction, this takes you into the gulch and to the lower falls. Beware of weather conditions.
As for the ridge hike, the views are spectacular, and there is also a pillbox along the way. You can also hike to the top of Makaua upper falls if you do the ridge hike. This trail will eventually connects to the Pu'u Manamana Crouching Lion trail.

2 days ago

Great hike if you’re looking for something that is pretty well maintained, loaded with lush vegetation, and filming locations from Lost. Easy enough for the two of us and our two dogs. Trail gets a bit small at certain points but most hikers were polite enough to make way for others. The base of the falls was a bit crowded but after the past few weeks of steady rain it was to be expected. The rain also made the falls very active and beautiful.

Beautiful hike, super wet today. Waterfalls were amazing! Hike safe!

Easy and beautiful

My family and I had an amazing experience. It is kid and dog friendly and as well very easy to make it up with a stroller. I recommend this trail to all age groups .

3 days ago

3/17/2018-Started around 0810 (had to park at the bottom of the street because there was no spots that were open any nearer to the trailhead) and came across 56 groups/solo hikers. Weather was a little muggy but there was some breeze once you got higher up the mountain. The top was all clouds today but the breeze was really nice after climbing all the stairs.

Beautiful hike to the point. The hike is along a flat, dirt road/trail, but you are exposed at all times. Remember your sunscreen and water. Enjoy!

Beautiful hike.

If it's raining or wet, think twice about going around the crater ridge unless you have cleats and rope. Mildly treacherous mud climbing and sliding will ensue. A light amount of rain had all of the falls raging, making the third one impossible to cross the standard way, instead requiring dangerous and fun mountain goat gymnastics up both sides to make it to the top. At that point you can go left to find the exit route, or go right and try to hurt yourself. Results after 6 hours: bruised, cut, sore, mud covered, smiling.

As always, please continue leaving as much of your trash on the trail as possible, it gives me great satisfaction to collect it.

Fairly easy hike up. It was a little muddy and a bit slippery but still fairly easy. The waterfall at the end it was amazing I spent 20 minutes taking a cold bath in the pool beneath the waterfall. Only reason this is not five star review is because it was extremely crowded probably saw close to 100 people on the trail with the majority of them congregated at the waterfall

5 days ago

It’s an easy hike but definitely busy and slippery. Wear proper shoes.

5 days ago

It’s a beautiful hike! The waterfall is gorgeous and the stream can be heard throughout the hike!

However, it’s muddy and can be very slippery so wear good shoes!

5 days ago

Easy hike and spectacular view!!!

The view at the end is Amazing! Having said that, it is not an “easy” hike. So.many. Stairs at the end, but if you can push through, you’ll be happy you did. I think this would be a rough for kids. Slippery in parts and the steps are large (think standing lunge to get up). Took about 2 hours to get up and 1.5 coming down. Bring water and snacks for the top.

We were here today with our 4 and 6 year old Girls and it was hard. For hiking the trail with kids i‘d like to recommend the age of the kids with 6 or older. The waterfall was much fun.

Very easy hike with beautiful scenery. I went on a Monday when it was pouring which made it not so crowded.

The hike up gets your heart pumping, and the view at the top is so worth it! It’s a pretty straightforward hike, and mostly shaded. Also, not crowded!

The trek up to the towers is paved and easy. If you choose to continue the loop it will get fairly technical. At times the trail fades. Use your app to stay ion track and have fun. Beautiful views of the bay, ocean and Koko Head Trail.

The Brochure to Kamananui Valley Road.


8 days ago

Forgot to start all trails on this hike but it was fun.

8 days ago

Really fun trail. Not too long, but steep in places. The views of the valley and shoreline from the top are worth it. The bunkers along the ridge line provide a neat link to the WWII history of the island.

Went today and it was beautiful! Lots of roots and rocks, on the harder side of moderate. Not much to look at along the hike but the waterfall is nice and cold. Saw many kids doing the hike. Don’t let the easy beginning fool you.

9 days ago

A very easy and relaxing hike.

Holy cow this thing is hard, first and second waterfalls are what one normally expects, but third is almost rock climbing followed by a climb along a ridge with winds threatening to blow you off, do not attempt of its raining! All that said, beautiful trail, amazing sights, and the view from the peak! Definitely do this hike if you can handle it!

Enjoyable hike for all fitness levels, paved completely to the top. Come early or you’ll have to park on the street. No whales this time.

3/11/2018-Started with the group around 0815 and passed 20+ groups of hikers (quite a few of them brought their dogs along). Weather was mostly overcast and windy so it was a little chillier than usual. Didn’t see any whales on this run but did see some birds flying around and a mongoose.

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