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We lost our phone out there and are willing to pay someone (ANYONE who is a little better at climbing Hawaii terrain than the two of us) if they can retrieve it? Here’s hoping. We dropped a pin around the area we realized it had fallen. Along with the recording in AllTrails I’m pretty confident on the almost exact place it would be. Please help. Loads of memories in that thing. Email b.chrde@gmail.com
As for the trail:
I don’t know if the amount of times I prayed and feared for my life should get 5 stars or 1... definitely as good as it gets. You’re in there. In the belly of the freaking rainforest. Knee high mud climbing up ridge with drops at either side. So. Much. Mud. Should have read the reviews before hand. Would have opted out of the whole life threatening mudslide of a 7 hour hike. Was not prepared.

1 day ago

Great hike with lovely views at the top, sadly we didn’t get to see the views at the top looking over the other side due to being cloudy but still worth it for the views back over. Did this hike 11th December and toke us just over 3 hours in total. It was very muddy and slippy at times but manageable even when we got caught in a rain shower. At the end there is some ropes in places to help you up. There is parking for about 6/7 cars and the lovely security card will give you a card to display on your dashboard. The path was really easy to follow and we only saw 3 others doing this walk.

The mud starts once you cross the stream. But once you get further up the switchbacks, the trail starts to get drier and more pleasant to walk on esp with the wind blowing from the sides. Go past the bench and the trail will contour the side of the hill, with occasional views towards Pauoa valley and town, and it takes you down to Pauoa Flats. Once you hit the main junction, the mud galore starts again as this is a main throughfare where all the Makiki-Tantalus Trails converge upon. They are in the process of constructing a raised boardwalk, as the muddied and rooty path can be quite troublesome to walk on.
If you don't feel safe parking in Nuuanu, one can also take bus #4 and stop just before Kimo Drive. From here, you can walk to the trailhead via Nuuanu Pali Drive. A good combo is to hike from here to Manoa Falls Trail and catch Bus #5 back to Ala Moana Center. You can also hike towards Makiki Valley Nature Center/Tantalus via Puu Ohia, Manoa Cliffs or Kalawahine; and some of these trails do intersect with Round Top Drive. There is a bus stop near Spalding House on Round Top Drive or walk further down towards Nehoa/Manoa Rd to catch #5 back to town.

You will know once you reach the terminus. There will be a sign warning you not to proceed further. There will also be a small bench for one to enjoy the sweeping views, on a clear day. You should be able to see the windward side. Once you reach the FM station, there will be one more hill to climb. If it has been raining, it can get pretty slick and muddy.

Muddy, in and out of rivers, forests, all kinds of trees and flowers with a beautiful waterfall at the end! Not very physically difficult but it is slippery and that can slow you down a bit, increasing time to about 3-4 hours. So worth it! One of my favorites

3 days ago

Very muddy , but other then that really liked this hike very pretty . Took my 9 year old and 7 year old and they did really good with this hike

Trail is fun n exciting. Best to go in da morning wen the sun is up. We went around 1 n I gotta say going on a wet day made it fun and dark.also best to put your own marking. On da way back from the falls we fallowed a different path that was marked n it lead us to a game trail instead.

Great, rewarding, steep hike. If you go on a partly cloudy or cloudy day you will only see mist towards the tops of the ridges and not much of a view. When you reach the set of stairs and think you’re done, you’re not. When you next think you’re done, nope, keep going. Ah, finally! You have reached the top. Just kidding another false alarm! I think the last 45 minutes up we kept thinking we MUST have reached the top as there were no other higher peaks around us. The clouds are deceiving. We plan to go back on a sunny day. A few parts with ropes but you don’t really need them to climb. I would recommend this hike

12/9/2018-We were originally going to visit Kamananui Valley to see the streams but there wasn’t any stalls available by 0800 so we headed over to Waimano instead and started around 0810. A fence was recently put in place so there’s not as much parking along the road, but not too bad for parallel stalls. Only came across a pair of hikers the whole time. The lower trail was muddy as expected but it was nice to be out and about. It was especially nice because it wasn’t too hot so you could feel the cool breeze coming from the stream!

Bring long pants and shirt, trail has not been taken care of and you will end up with lots and scraps and cuts from the overgrown brush on the last straight before the water fall. Take the shorter routes if you dont feel like dealing with it

4 days ago

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

5 days ago

Nice trail for forest and H3 views. Moderately trafficked on a Sunday, and quite a few runners on the trail. We brought our dog, and even though he was worn out towards the end, it wasn't too hard for him. The ending is a little rough, very muddy. Very nice, well rounded hike.

good trail and nice waterfall, not my favourite hike, but its a good one.

Great hike & nice cliff jump options at the end.

7 days ago

Echo the reviews below as this hike is saturated with markers and flags.

Definitely need to use All Trails or a GPS device to stay on track to the falls - maintain map vigilance and a good eye on terrain.

Quite the overgrown trail with lots of tangled webs of branches to traverse. The painted markings help but recommend a GPS device or use of All Trails as it is needed.

Not as muddy which meant the falls weren't as full.

The tunnel or drainage ditch would have be cool to conquer but didn't have a head lamp.

The inner trails are more fun for mountain bikers.

This ridge hike on east Oahu shares many similiar features and views with other hikes nearby like Waahila-Olympus, Ka’au Crater, Mau’umae/Lanipo, Wailupe Ridge, Hawaii Loa Ridge, Kulepeamoa Ridge, Kuliou’ou Ridge ( both east and west), Hahaione ( there are several ways to do hike this), Kamiloiki Ridge, Mariners Ridge ( closed) and Kamehame Ridge ( need permit). You can also start from the Makapuu Lookout and hike along the Koolau Summit via the Makapuu Tom Tom trail which passes the Makapuu Puka. These are just some of the more popular ones on east Oahu.

Give about 3-3.5 hrs to complete this hike.

8 days ago

Hiked December 2018,

Ok for starts, unlike most of the trails on the island, you actually have to get a permit in order to hike this trail. There are two Doppler Radars on top of this mountain that belong to the US Air-force and you will need to mail off for the permit ahead of time and present it to the guard at the main gate. Once you’re past that guard, two more guards will meet you at another checkpoint to let you back to where the tile starts. You’ll see a small barricade down at the bottom of a hill that will let you know where to park and a sign before you get to the actual hiking trail describing the location of a few more hikes in that area.
Make sure you pay attention to this next part so I can save you the trouble of repeating our mistakes. The sign I just mention will point you in the direction of the off road trail made for any 4WD vehicle. The actual hike you are looking for is kinda hidden on the other side to your immediate right of the off road trail. Again, make sure you pay attention to that detail because my happy ass went hiking 4.5 miles down the off road trail just to get to the same location that the actual Kuaokala trail takes you to.
It was actually a blessing in disguise since we didn’t bring the leash for the dogs and probably would have regretted it on the actual trail anyway. There are signs posted on a fence at the top that tells you the area is hazardous to dogs due to the snares they have set up to catch pigs and Ferrell goats. I’m actually glad we went the long way around because the view at the top of the hike has to be one of the most beautiful openings I have seen since I’ve been on the island. Had we hiked the correct trail, it would have spoiled the surprise.
This hike was worth the 5 hours we put into it just for the view alone. The actual real hike would have taken an hour at most but I’d definitely do it again and highly recommend it.

Look up HTMC Kawa’ea’e (Friendship Garden/Kokokahi/Oneawa Hills) hike schedule and it should be cleared before they hike it. They will usually hike it in a loop.

Personally it took less time to do the loop starting from this west ridge, then traversing the Koolau Summit Ridge Trail (KSRT), and down the state maintained Kuliouou Ridge Trail than doing an in-and-out the west ridge alone. It is much faster coming down the state maintained trail than the west Kuliouou ridge which is unmaintained.

Steep, muddy, beautiful waterfall,

This one was a little tough especially since I Uber there and the driver would only take me so far. But it was all worth it for the amazing views that this trail provided. I would do it again!

One of the easiest way to get to the top of the Koolau Range. Today it might be the easiest route since they already closed Mariners Ridge and Kamehame Ridge to the public. Oh well if you are too lazy to walk, just drive up to the Pali Lookout and you can boast to all your friends you made it to the top of the Koolaus!

This is definitely not a difficult trail unless this is your first ever hike in your entire lifetime.

This hike will take anywhere from 2.5-3
hrs to complete on a walking pace.

Awesome one!

People weren’t kidding about those mosquitos! In this climate though, they’re unavoidable, and the uphill trek was so much fun and so beautiful. Definitely have to come back for a longer hike and try out some of the other trails that branch off. There are a few sections of the trail that are interrupted by Maunalaha Stream, but these breaks in the trail aren’t large and are easily navigable.

nice view of the mountains and h3. muddy at the end. not too difficult and wasn't too busy. pretty safe hike.

Kind of a boring hike compared to other hikes in oahu but nice for families

Fantastic and fun Hike. View at the top doesn’t disappoint.

11/30/2018. This was a nice hike if you have lots of time, it’s quite long and thankfully I went on a day when there was no rain so the trail was very dry. It wasn’t busy at all, only ran into a handful of people. It is relatively easy for the first half and then the rest is quite difficult with lots of steep hills and steps. I found the hike to be somewhat boring but the views when you get to the top we’re amazing. The trail is also hard to follow at times with no clear path, I had to access the AllTrails map a few times to make sure I was staying on the right path.

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