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Some uphill walking with a rocky terrain. Very tourist-based and crowded, so not as enjoyable as it could be as you have to walk at a slower pace to compensate. If you’re looking for something green, refreshing and quiet, this probably isn’t it. This is a one and done sort of deal, just to say you did it. Some pros are pretty birds, ocean view at the top and the Dole Whip truck post hike.

We went on a Tuesday morning in December and only encountered two other groups right at the end of the hike. It has been pretty dry for the past week so there wasn’t really a waterfall but the nice part of that was that there were only a few muddy spots. The reason to go clockwise is that the best views will be in front of you.

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22 hours ago

Overrun with tourists but well worth it anyway. Fantastic views --especially at sunrise.

This trail is something you’ll want to do once but it was really hard to enjoy with all the people. The tunnel, spiral staircase, bunker and historical components made it fun.

mostly switchbacks with solid footing and railings. a few staircases, and tunnels. crowded trail but worth every step.

One of the prettiest hikes we've ever done. Beautiful views all along the way. Wear tennis shoes as the trail is quite worn and would be slippery if it was wet. Parking is very limited, so prepare to hike a bit just to get to the hike.

We didn't do the whole trail, just to the second pillbox and back down. We started around 10 and there was a large crowd at the top. I bet this is beautiful at sunrise!

simple, fun walk, beautiful falls, went swimming despite the signs

An easy hike to start the day. But.... you’re not alone :)

A nice view but absolutely rammed even by 8:30 this AM. otherwise might've done the trail in 20 min flat on the ascent.

3 days ago

Harder hike than just moderate, but it is fairly short to the first pillbox. But holy crap it’s literally just a steep climb up rocks to get there.

Great experiences hikes up to the Manoa Falls Amazingly Beautiful of Great Green Scenically of Jungle local trees, tropical forest, Alongside ways from the started through the water fall streams lines. ARPORN GRUADNOK & TERA MOELLER, we’re enjoyed our experiences hikes. Walked through bamboos forest. Bug/Mosquitoes spray definitely need it. Parking fairly fare. After our hikes we’re went to 1 of the Hawaiian, American, British foods cultures restaurant up in the front entrance above car park walks above the bridge through the restaurant we were Keep come up to get more food ls. that’s we’re really enjoyed. The foods drinks on balcony of the top trees restaurant had clearly white noodles soup. Our on the way home we’re stop by to have Vietnamese soups the broth was good. The restaurant located close in to Waikiki cities.

super pretty, went swimming anyway at the base of the falls, so so so lovely to look around on your way as the trail is pretty easy and lets you sightsee

**Question**
Sorry not a review, but do you need actually permit to do this trail? Can any resent hikers comment on this?
Thanks.

Fantastic views so def worth a look. Trail is not too difficult but is overcrowded with many non-hikers.

Awesome vegetation. Beautiful hike. Paid $5 for parking at a nearby snack bar place. Had restrooms and a place to wash off your shoes. Was a little muddy (December) and slippery in some places.

7 days ago

Great sunrise spot looking out to sea and back over Honolulu. Was really busy even at sunrise with at least 50 people or more. Did this walk on Monday 10th December. Car entry is $5 and if on foot is $1 per person. Definitely worth the price for the views. It toke us 15 minutes to get to the top with no stops.

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7 days ago

Lovely short hike up to the amazing falls. $5 for parking at trailhead and was fairly busy on a Monday 10th December. The path is very easy to follow and is a little slippy at times and rather muddy.

So Beautiful but so heavily trafficked. Go super early on a rainy day. Very easy

Relatively easy because it is well paved. Entirely uphill. Very crowded with two way traffic. The biggest issue is that the crowds are mostly tourists who all have different ideas about what side of the trail to be on, how close to be, how much of the trail is ok to fan out on, and how fast to go. There is a stretch of the trail that goes through a cave, which, if you’re the kind of person who gets claustrophobic in elevators, might be a little uncomfortable. Lots of stairs and the viewing platform is very narrow and crowded. View at the top is totally worth it!

Crowded and touristy, but still a classic. I like to go in the late afternoon when most of the tours are gone.

what a great hike! incredible views! wear proper shoes!!!

an easy but muddy trail. beautiful waterfall at the end after a wonderful jungle like trail. saw many folks with inadequate footwear...this trail has muddy slippery spots! please dress properly and keep an easy hike fun.

If you want a hike that gives you views of the ocean and coast and not terribly touristy or hard, this is it.

* Steep from the get go. Bring actual footwear with grip
* Gets windy, people lost hats and shades. I almost did
* Past the second pill box is really overgrown. Bring a machete a wear long pants.

I went to the fourth "pill box" at the 1 mile mark is tiny compared to the first 3. (#1 is by itself, 2 and 3 are together) and after that the trail is really overgrown. I saw some folks ahead of me really struggling so I turned back as I didn't have a machete, or long pants.

Even though this hike is a must see for Honolulu/Oahu it's not much of a "hike" good elevation and workout with a view, that's it.

* WAY too touristy. Lots of folks who have no business going up will be there. No trail etiquette in the slightest
* Paved all the way up. Badly at that. Times were you will trip and fall
* If you're a hiker, take the "hard" route when it comes up. Stairs to get the blood flowing.
* Views are great. Crowded. Tourist spot in tight quarters.

It was raining and windy, but the views were totally worth it. The trail can be slippery when wet so would recommend good shoes.

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10 days ago

Incredible trail, not too crowded and great photo ops if you are into that, especially if you aren’t afraid to adventure.

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10 days ago

Lovely 360 views, headed here for sunrise and was still quite busy. The trail on from the pillboxes was pretty quite. It rained while we were there and the path did get pretty slippy and would recommend shoes with a fair amount of grip. Also on the way down there is a lot of small paths branching off so use all trails to get back down. It was a Saturday and there was a guy in a car just before the trail head ensuring people don’t park there but there is plenty of parking along the road further on down.

I went right after sunrise and was the only person on the trail. It felt like I had been dropped into another world! The foliage was incredible and the views were wonderful. I would highly recommend this trail but a few things to know: 1. Bring bug-spray! There are tons of mosquitos 2. The trail is very very slippery even when it hasn’t rained in a while. It’s basically thin layers of mud on smooth rocks most of the way up. Wear shoes with grips and keep your hands free to help with balance in case you slip.

A nice and family-friendly hike that offers a beautiful waterfall as a prize at the end. Witnessed a proposal.

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