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It took almost 10 hours from the start to end of the trail and back to the start.

Check Hawaiian Trail and Mountain Club hike schedule for the next Waimano Ridge hike. The trail will be somewhat cleared after they hiked it.

The other two hikes with similiar end view are Manana Ridge Trail and Waiau. Waiau is probably the most difficult. Another possible hike is via Waimalu Ditch but it is very overgrown.

Easy hike with plenty of people on a November Sunday late afternoon. Dry creekbed.

Beginner-Intermediate trail. Nothing Hard about it.

Great for a short hike not to hard, but little water coming down the falls.

hiking
12 days ago

Only realized I took the clockwise route going up after the fact because I didn’t see the trail split in the dark of the early morning. Had a great time and didn’t see any issues with going that way. It was too slick trying to go down clockwise though so I just doubled back the way I went up. Great hike.

hiking
12 days ago

People are getting multiple hikes at this location confused. We were thinking we were hiking the 2.2 mile loop hike and ended up taking the upper ridge 14 mile hike! We started the hike around 3:45 and ran out of daylight while on the side of the mountain towards the end. There were lots of dark scary tunnels and two stream crossings. We had to use the rope to climb along the edge of the cliff. It was very muddy and slippery! The trail was overgrown in parts so you couldn’t see the ground! There are many parts of the trail that the ridge has a treacherous drop off if you loose your step or slip! This one you definitely want to start the hike early and in good hiking shoes and bring insect repellent! This hike should definitely be rated “”hard” not a moderate!

The waterfall is minuscule this time of year. The trail offers a lot of shade and is moderately challenging. Some parts of the trail was super narrow. You need an adventure pass to park. If you get carsick easily, beware. The road is quite windy to get to the trailhead.

Disappointing amount of graffiti at Hermit Falls. Well trafficked trail. Nice once you get off pavement. Can take the leg off to sturtevant falls loop back on the paved trail to add another 2.5 miles or so.

long hike, moderately difficult until you factor in its length and last 2 miles or so, which together may make this more difficult than it looks on paper. last segment up to the summit is relatively muddy and overgrown. could do with a dog because no climbing. 6 hours at a moderate pace

Great area and very pretty with some Fall colors. Popular place with lots of people. Sadly many don't know trail ettitquette, but we were impressed that there wasn't much (any) trash or grafitti for the amount of traffic. To get to the falls go past it, take the left fork to the creek and go left along the creek. Or take the right at the creek to go to Bear Canyon.

A peaceful Sunday morning hike through a colorful, boulder-strewn canyon. Lots of woodpeckers to keep us entertained! A bit of fall color on the way to the waterfall, which is very zen-like: a small trickle flowing into a reflective pool. It’s shady much of the way, so being a light jacket is you’re hiking in the morning.

Great hike! We ended up going all the way over to the bear canyon camp ground and back! Great views and good walking trails.

Tips: bring a map and not your bicycle! There is no service anywhere and you will have to carry your bike....

It was cool going through a long tunnel scary at 1st but cool. It was as long as 200 yard Dash.

Miles:5.2
Elevation:750ft
Duration: 2-3 hours
Level:easy -moderate
Dogs allowed on leash
Please bring your adventure pass to park.

When you arrive to the Switzer falls sign off the highway you will see a small road near the bathrooms. Go down that small road! There is plenty of parking down at the bottom. Start at the picnic tables. You have chances for a nice clean bathroom down at the bottom when your starting your hike. Cross the bridge and start down the paved road. The road ends about 1mile in but this trail is well marked and is very easy to follow.

This is a great hike to take your kids 6 and up. The views are beautiful. There are plenty of water crossings which makes it fun for the kids.
Your in shade about 80% of the trail but there is a small part with full exposer. We had people bring trekking Poles for the water crossings. There isn’t a lot of water there right now but enough to enjoy the views. When you get to the park where there is no shade “scream Hello!” As loud as you can and you can hear your echos bounce off the mountains! That was fun! When you get down to the bottom of your switch backs there’s shade again and your almost to the waterfall.

The waterfall doesn’t have much water in it but it’s still beautiful.

It was fun! Over all a perfect sized hike for us with dogs and kids!

Have fun! stay safe! Keep your dogs on a leash! Bring enough water and snacks, and leave no trace of trash!

Beautiful views and gorgeous greenery. But long pants are an absolute must. About 2 miles in the trail becomes severely overgrown where oftentimes you cannot see your feet. My the exposed part of my legs were shredded by the sharp ferns which made for an uncomfortable return trip. Aside from raw shins, this hike was enjoyable but not really comfortable.

hiking
1 month ago

Virtual Hike: https://youtu.be/Ufi15b3pKlI

What a fun and short hike! I arrived to Chantry Flats around 3PM, and there was plenty of parking available. (The drive up to Chantry Flats is quite enjoyable as well. The trail starts just down the stairs from the restroom. The trail at first is a paved road, but after less than 1/8 mile there is a sign that leads onto a real trail. You can’t miss it. The trail switches back and forth to the bottom of the canyon, where there are a few cabins, follow the trail down the canyon past more cabins and continue up a trail along the right side of the canyon. Within a few minutes you will reach a bunch of large boulders cut by the water. This time of year there isn’t as much water, but I was surprised to see as much as I did. There is an easy area of the falls to get to and hang out, but to see the main waterfall, you must climb down a set of rocks. Don’t worry, there are ropes with loops to make this easier. Once down to the waterfall, there is a nice pool of water that you can take a dip in. I was taken aback by how much graffiti and left over beer cans there are down there. Still enjoyable nonetheless. I saw a handful of people at the falls, just hanging out, and made some friends! Once done chillin’ at the falls, there is a significant climb back up the trail to Chantry Flats. Make sure you don’t waste all your energy at the falls because you’ll need it for the ascent. 700 feet in 1.5 miles ain’t a joke, but certainly a great workout, that on the last heatwave of the summer months leading into fall will have you sweating in no time!

All in all a wonderful hike and a great way to spend an afternoon!

Hope you enjoy!

Playlist for the trail: https://tinyurl.com/y9appm2e

Yes I think it should be rated as Difficult primarily due to the length and the last section before the Koolau where it can be very unkempt and slow going.

Easy trail to follow along. Make sure head down(left) when you get to the fork. I personally found it on the easier die but the sun is draining on a hot summer day. Not many people on the trail when I went but the heat help keep people home. Snuck up on a deer grazing on some plants on the trail. Not a lot of water in September so don't expect much when you get to the falls.

hiking
1 month ago

Went hiking here on a Thursday morning so parking was Not a issue. after the short walk to the trailhead we walk on a dusty path until we got deeper into the forest then you see how green and pretty it is. the water flow is a trickle, but I've been here before after the rain and it was flowing and beautiful. Right now it is like "hard mud" the insects are buzzing around the mud and water, you might want to bring bug repellant. I think I swallowed a bug ha ha. it's a easy hike to the falls, please be careful the rocks are huge and smooth. I have very good hiking boots and theres no grip, so slipping is possible and the water is low. I know this is a "cliff jumping" spot but looking at the low water and seeing the rocks I can't believe people jump off this. i think if they saw what's down there when the water is low they would think twice. So easy, good hike. Wish there wasn't so much trash and graffiti but you can still see the beauty in nature. #mountaingirl

TRAIL HAS BEEN RESTORED AFTER THE LANDSlide. I did this trail on 9/17 and there is a safe bypass around the landslide. I was able to go all the way to Mt. Olympus.

https://youtu.be/0GKIfnCgzs4

Intermediate trail.

hiking
2 months ago

Very nice moderate trail, very shady except for the uphill part. One of my favorites for sure.

very nice trail. lots of shade, water was very dirty bcus of no water flow. other than that very peaceful trail

Just a trickle of water at the falls but otherwise the views are spectacular of the surrounding mountains. Saw a variety of different birds, plants and trees. It was hot but most of the hike is shaded thankfully.

hiking
2 months ago

A landslide that was triggered after heavy rains recently (related to Hurricane Lane) has taken out the trail. The section involved is about 50 yards or so before you get to the short switchback that put you on the ridge section of the hike. I have taken photos of the landslide and the parts of the trail and they are available for viewing.

WARNING: I am giving this a one star review only because a recent landslide has taken out a portion of the trail, and it is not safe to hike until it has been repaired. We did a full loop from the Pu’u Pia Trial up the Waiakeakua falls and ridge, across the Moana Contour, down the Wa’ahila trial to the Kolowalu and back to our car at the entrance to the Pu’u Pia. It was a very challenging hike, especially the Waiakeakua Ridge, which is completely overgrown and unmaintained. Much to our dismay, on our way down the Kolowalu, we came across the landslide. If you look about halfway down the trail it jogs to the right and back to the left after a few hundred yards. The landslide took out the left turn and a portion of the trail heading back down. We stayed to the left of the debris and traversed down about 50-100yds of muddy, loose terrain before finally spotting the trail again to our right just past the stopping point of the debris. I would not recommend planning this; we only did it out of necessity since it was our only option.

Do not go anytime after September! The only thing you’ll see is a trickle of water that is supposed to be a waterfall. The water is green, dirty, and gross. This hike was more about the journey than the destination at least that’s what we had to say to ourselves in order to convince ourselves that the hike wasn’t a total waste.

hiking
2 months ago

This trail should be rated as Hard. Nothing moderate about it. A lot of trails that can make you end up literally being lost and you having to make your own path to get back on track lol. Overall great trail to do.

Took a beginner hiker and her dog and we had a blast! The hike provides great views with a couple stream crossing and at the end is a great little waterfall and pond to cool off in! Wasn’t too crowded either. Definitely recommend if you’re looking for a fun afternoon hike!

Short hike down on steep, cliff hugging trail but plenty of shade. Great for year-round hiking and especially in the spring time. Check out the diving pools near the end!

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