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Did feel a bit adventures since we lost the easiest trail a couple of times and had to backtrack . My athletic son even continued up a steep mountain side and got to a point above the falls , instead of to the end of the falls. Quite a few people around though so you could find your way by following voices. Muddy, slippery, gorgeous scent of ginger, pretty bamboo. Stunning waterfall! Only wish it was better marked.

Nice pool to swim in

This was amazing. My don is 6 and it was his very first HIKE!!! It does get a bit muddy so wear comfortable gear you do not mind getting dirty. Trust me it can wash off. No jeans, no slides, n9 crocks and no sandals. It does have a lot of traffic through it but that means you can't get lost. The waterfall is beautiful. Wear sun screen and Bug spray very important.

They probably went via Po’opo’o Place or Kamahele St., the two alternate backways. They boarded up the Kamahele St. steps and posted signs telling hikers to go away.

This trail is CLOSED for now. Not sure how others can review it in the past weeks. They have signs posted.

I’m going on my past experience before it was shut. Great views and awesome for exercise.

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.

4 days ago

So glad we did this one. Tough climb and crowded the day we were there, but great camaraderie among hikers and terrific views at the top.

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4 days ago

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

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4 days ago

This hike is pretty fun for me. It may not seem interesting to look down at tracks the entire time, but there's enough change in steepness, distance of steps, and there's a nice visible drop midway through the hike to keep me entertained. The view is pretty good, both during (it's cool to look back and see how far you are) and at the top (360 view from the top of the crater).

I also wrote an in-depth review, take a look: http://www.thehawaiiplan.com/koko-head-crater-railway-trail-hike/

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5 days ago

The 'trail' to the upper Manoa Falls ( right above the state maintained fall) is directly above it. There should be a sign telling you not to go further. Walk past it and scramble up a bunch of rocks. You should also be able to see an old rusted fencing to your right. Soon, you will get to a huge banyan tree. Proceeed to climb up it via its rooting system. Then you will come to a ledge. From here, there will be another set of roots to climb. Once over these two humps, you will get onto another ledge veering to the right. Follow it and you will come to the second falls with a sizable swimming hole. Thread carefully. Search in the photo album and you should find some of my older second Manoa falls with pool photos and the steep climb to it. The first time I discovered this hidden pool was in 1991 with a bunch of local hikers.
Aihualama Trail- Once you veer left past the official Manoa falls trail, you should be on the official Aihualama Trail. Yes, its muddy and some parts are rocky and uneven. The trail takes you to Pauoa Flats via a series of switchbacks thru bamboo groves, old banyan trees and guava forest. At the end of Aihualama Trail, you come to a fork. Right takes you to a nice lookout point overlooking Nuuanu valley. Left takes you to other trails like Nuuanu, Kalawahine, Manoa Cliffs and Puu Ohia. Pauoa Flats Trail is getting an upgrade with a plank walk.
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Awesome hard trail

We had a great time climbing with my kids. I was put to shame by a mom climbing with her baby on her back.lol

The main trail is easy to follow. $5 parking fee (cash only) total for the 3 of us (1car). Highly trafficked when we went and it seemed people just wanted to stand where they shouldn’t (behind the signs AND doing nothing-not even a picture). So expect to wait a while for a clear picture. You will get muddy and must have bug repellant of some kind on. Many families and dogs on the main trail too.

We searched for the upper falls trail to find after “getting lost” the trail was destroyed by a rockslide. We stayed on a secondary trail for a good hour admiring the bamboo forest. I’m not sure the significance of that trail, as it lead to another trail loop totaling some ridiculous mileage, so we turned around (needed gps at that point). In total think we walked 6 miles.

Overall good experience. Close toed shoes are a must. You will get muddy and bit by bugs. The waterfall’s beautiful and the bamboo forest is something too.

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6 days ago

http://www.dlnr.hawaii.gov/recreation/files/2013/09/Oahu-Hiking-Map_HonoluluMaukaTrailsSystem.pdf
If you don't have a car, you can always take The Bus #5 till the end of Manoa Road and walk into the park where the official trailhead is. You can also take #5 to the intersection of Manoa Road and Nehoa, and walk down Nehoa till you get to Makiki St. Walk up Makiki St till you get to an open grassy area. Follow Makiki-Heights Drive till you get to Makiki Nature Center at the hairpin turn. This is where the trailhead for Maunalaha and Kanealole begins. From here, you can take either route, and follow the interconnecting trails ( the link to the pdf file above) to different spots along the Tantalus Trail system. My favorite spots are the Pauoa Flats Lookout Point, Manoa Cliffs Trail with a bench, and Manoa Falls via Aihualama Trail.
Another alternative is take bus #4 to Nuuanu Pali and get off before Kimo Drive. Walk up the Nuuanu - Pali Drive till you get to the Judd Trailhead. From here you can do the Judd Loop or go straight to Nuuanu Trail, after crossing the stream. The Nuuanu Trail will end at Pauoa Flats Trail. From here, you can either go left to Aihulama Trail or Pauoa Flats Lookout or turn right to Puu Ohia Trail, Kalawahine Trail or Manoa Cliffs Trail.

Love, love, LOVE this hike!! Although, don’t be fooled, I wouldn’t say this hike is kid friendly and I certainly didn’t see any wild flowers. The view is absolutely incredible at the top. If you are a physically fit person and want to push your limits in physical activity... highly recommend doing this hike at least twice and seeing if you can beat your first time! Be sure to wear either hiking boots or trail running shoes. The terrain is uneven at points and a a lot of people who take a lot of time to get to the top... as well as narrow path and steep inclines at times. If you are trying to get a workout in without the frustration of slow folk either get there very early in the morning or near sunset.

I love Koko Head. I just did it carrying my baby a few days ago and just about died lol. Don’t carry a baby up the mountain if you want to use your legs the next few days!

if you are looking for your leg work out look no further. views are very nice, nothing you can't find on other hikes but definitely worth it

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8 days ago

Cool little hike near the University of Hawaii. It’s close to Waikiki so it’s a bit of a tourist trap but if you have kids it’s well worth it.

It’s muddy most of the time so dress appropriately.

What a breathtaking view up there definitely must do trail

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9 days ago

Really short, muddy trail but great scenery. Pretty busy as this seems to be a tourist attraction.

Good but very muddy when wet.

It’s an awesome and fairly easy as long as you take the right way. When it comes to a fork make sure you take the left if you aren’t looking for a challenge. The right is much steeper and can be exhausting in the heat. Many bunkers and definitely worth the view.

It’s not the most easy trail to follow. There are crazy amounts of split offs and fences to get around. It’s muddy too so go prepared. A bit too crowded for my liking but it’s a fun and beautiful trail.

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10 days ago

I don't know, this was so grueling and hot and dry and narrow and freaky... it wasn't actually that enjoyable, if you know what I mean?? I much prefer Diamond Head - an even better view and FAR more fun, wide open, less chance of tumbling straight down.

Great ridge trail. Challenging, but much safer than others I have hiked. Not a great hike for small children, but everyone else can enjoy it. It was muddy today, recommend hiking boats or trail runners. Tennis shoes might not cut it for some people.

Woke up at 4am to hike this before sunrise. Extremely steep and slippery in some areas but it’s worth it. Descending isn’t much better and requires you to take your time. There’s a bridge about midway through with quite a drop so be careful.

Awesome hike. According to my GPS it 2.3 miles each way and all uphill. My five year old was a trooper and did it, but she has been building up to these hikes. l carried my three year old in a kid carrier and l would highly recommend a good walking stick for coming back down the summit stairs. All in all one our favorite hikes on the Island.

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11 days ago

Leeward is on fire!

this trail reminds me of the incline in Colorado! such an amazing hard workout but well worth the breath taking view!! my favorite view of trails so far!

12 days ago

great trail to go running at a moderate pace if it's not raining! (because then it would be muddy and slippery) beautiful view at the top (don't go past the bench at the top!- it's not really a trail and you go through a bunch of thorn bushes that leads to the electric pole where the view is the same from the end of the trail at the bench- not worth the thorns! lol)

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