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Attendez vous a devoir vous accrocher tout le long du trail et passer par de multiples états d’esprits, ce trail est long et difficile mais quelle expérience ! Très boueux très glissant, la partie d’escalade sur les chutes d’eau était assez éprouvante et glissante (j’ai de beaux bleus qui en témoignent) mais une fois cette étape passée vous arrivez au cratère et la vue est à couper le souffle ! Le trail est jalonné de vues magnifiques sur la vallée et de passages aux pieds des cascades on ne s’ennuie pas une seule seconde et on se rappelle pourquoi on est venu ici malgré quelques difficultés... Attention au premier Y un arbre est tombé sur le chemin et on a du mal à le trouver. Ne prenez pas le tracé vert à vautre gauche sinon vous allez passer par le retour et prendre le trail à l’envers! Arrivés au niveau du cratère il est possible d’écourter le chemin en coupant sur la crête du cratère située à vautre gauche qui rejoindra directement le chemin du retour

Probably my favorite hike on the island. There is a back trail that bypasses the falls on the way down-it's much faster and safer than climbing down the falls. If you do the full loop going counterclockwise look for the turnoff on the right as you reapproach the final falls. It may not be accurate, but my gps always comes in around 8 miles after going from the parking lot, up the falls, around the crater, and down the back way.

HFD to resume rescue efforts for pair of lost hikers on Windward Oahu trail
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hiking
4 days ago

This was for sure closer to 10 miles one way, beautiful trail with lots of tiny waterfalls and beautiful views.

4 days ago

nice trail. good cardio. if you like to venture using the 'shortcuts' do so with caution. many end up putting you on a mud slide. this girl learned her lesson, after falling about 5 times.

Quiet technic but ok ... super place to see ... we enjoyed it . Not for raining days at all ... our 9 walked easily to the fall but he is used to .

hiking
7 days ago

http://www.dlnr.hawaii.gov/recreation/files/2013/09/Oahu-Hiking-Map_HonoluluMaukaTrailsSystem.pdf

easy to find. did it with 2 kids (ages 7 and 4). weather was good, can see slippery areas if it had rained. views were awesome.

rock climbing
12 days ago

did this home on a very windy day. very fun and awesome views. a little slick but I think as long as you've done a few hikes before you won't have any trouble

hiking
12 days ago

Be careful! All Trails does not lead to the correct trailhead. I ended up on the Notches trail and it was intense and dangerous due to wind and slippery slopes.

You will know you’re at Pali Puka trail if you see the “Trail Closed” sign. Facing the Pali lookout, the trail is to the left NOT RIGHT. It was a great hike, definitely recommend.

I would not attempt notches trail in wind, rain, or alone.

Love this trail because it's a loop - you don't have to look at the same thing in and out. There are three waterfalls along the trail and a decent amount of rope work up the last waterfall. Our group likes to swim at the first fall. Takes you up along the crater then all the way around and back down. Make sure you swing left when you get to the top and start making your way out of the crater. Taking a right will take you on a completely different trail (this is the one that connects to Wa'ahila). I've done this a few times and every time I slid down the steep muddy parts on my butt. Make sure your shoes are water-friendly. Try not to go after big rains (kind of a give/take bc the waterfalls will be bigger after rain).

hiking
16 days ago

BRING BUG SPRAY!!!!

I tried to follow the map and got lost off trail somehow. I found trail markers that were orange duct tape and took me to the waterfall so thank you for whoever placed those there. The mosquitos were horrible!! :(

There were no other people hiking the trail and the view was amazing. I found 2 waterfalls and spent over an hour just enjoying the scenery.

The hike was muddy and so much fun. A puzzling/challenging yet not very physically demanding. I went with a guy I met on instagram. I sent him a dm asking for advice and eventually led us to go on this hike together. He was so awesome to hike with. There was not a single moment of silence. He talked about his inspiring dream of eventually becoming a guide for hiking. He took me on this hike for free and just for the fellowship; however I tipped him $20 anyways because the experience was best part of trip to Hawaii. I honestly thought $20 was cutting him short. If you want a guide that isn’t just a stick that gives you directions then hit him up! He probably won’t ask for money but after you go on a hike with him you would want to pay for the experience. His instagram @ is “mvrkb”. He will not only be a guide but a friend that you could always come back and see when you to Hawaii. I promise you

hiking
17 days ago

This is a fantastic hike! The trail generally ends where the lookout "hole" is. For more experienced hikers/climbers, keep going. When you're standing at the lookout, behind you there is a trail that goes into the woods and leads to a muddy climb with ropes to the top of the mountain. You can explore a little further even. The entire ridge is able to be hiked, so you could continue on to Lanihuli (completely different peak). If you do plan on doing that start early and again, its only for experienced hikers.

Really nice trail. Hard but it’s worth it. You have to be ready to climb several times during the hike. Also, it was very muddy even if it didn’t rain much in the last week. Wouldn’t recommend if it’s raining and it would be better to start the hike in the morning if you want to finish it before dark (takes 5 to 6h if you do the loop). Bring more water than you think you’d need.

Kinda muddy but over all it’s a great hike!

This hike about 8 miles, round trip. Took us about 4 hours total gettting there and back. There is barely anyone on this hike, however I wouldn’t do this hike again. The waterfall wasn’t worth the hike and we couldn’t even swim in it. You have to go right when you get to the bottom of the mountain and then cross the stream 8 times and you’ll see the waterfall.

Like so many pointed out in their reviews it is critical to understand that it can be deceiving looking at the entire loop, 3.7 miles, as not a biggy but the reality is that it its not really a trail. 3/4 of the loop is overgrown, muddy, you will have to constantly watch your step. Its and ankle and knee twister all the way. That's why most people recommend to do the crouching lion section and then turn around again. The ridge part is beautiful, fun and super rewarding, the rest of the loop will provided you with very little views and lots of pain.
So, we did the entire loop in about 7 hours, 5 of which are a pretty painful experience. And on top of it we ran out of water. So here is a punch list if you feel like doing the entire loop:
1 Shoes with solid traction
2 Long pants
3 Long sleeve shirt ( you will for 2 hours move brush out of your face)
4 Gloves - a lot of brush is between 4-6 feet high that you have to move with your hands, when coming down the last part of the loop you will have to move on all fours sometimes.
5 2 quarts of water and electrolites per person.
6 Hold on to your hat, string it to the backpack. It gets really brisky in the ridge and you dont want to loose your footing for grabbing after your hat.
Good luck.

the trail head starts near the end of the paved/ dirt road, which has many no trespassing signs. the warning signs are marking private property on both sides of the road, not the road itself. the trail is easy to navigate and is frequented by motorcycles. the top of the trail is muddy. the hike/ run is better than the falls which are small. don't expect waimea.

all in a great run.

The best you'll love all the guava and all the different kinds of trees.

Best to go after a good downpour if not there isnt much of a waterfall but just a trickle. There are many waterfalls in Manoa valley, not just the over popular ‘Manoa Falls’ .

Comparatively speaking, in terms of other Oahu hikes, this hike was only average. But, that’s just in terms of what my perception is of the payoff at the end, and my subjective judgement about other trails’ payoff. If you like rope swings into small swimming areas at the end, you may be totally inclined. And, for only being about 3 miles round trip, it gives you a pretty intense workout coming back. This is what I would call a reverse hike; down and in (to the valley), back and up (to the ridge, or start). The trail is very muddy in some parts, along with some moderate rocky areas where you’ll have to slightly climb. So, slippers if you dare. Even on a moderate day, like today, you’ll sweat going downhill. Bring or wear swimming trunks, or a bathing suit because you’ll need to jump into the icy mountain stream to cool off before heading straight back up the ridge. If you’re on Oahu vacationing and your hiking choices become limited due to weather or travel, or live here, but want to do something new for exercise, then yes, I’d recommend it. Otherwise, I’d try and pick something else that wasn’t nearly as strenuous for the payoff at the end. Other Recommendations: Olomana (Three Peaks), Hawaii Loa Ridge, Crouching Lion, Tantalus, Manoa Falls, Makapu’u Lighthouse, Hanauma Crater

don't leave oahu without doing this hike!

A very nice a quiet waterfall. The hill back up is for sure like a stairmaster. It can be steep, just be cautious.

hiking
26 days ago

The views are simply amazing. If you don’t like wind or ridges it’s not the trail for you. But if you live insane 360 views that will take your breath away then you are good to go. I went for sunrise and it was one of my favorites ever.

Sign at the entrance says closed

By far the best hike I’ve done! You instantly start the hike in the beauty of the rainforest. A few back and forth a over the river, climbing, and finally you get to the first waterfall. From there the ropes are your best friend the rest of the hike. It was raining so we were definitely muddy and wet and we’re still able to climb safely. There and plenty of foot holes and places to rest if needed. The 3rd waterfall is the longest but worth it! We only went partially up the ridge due to wind and low visibility. It’s very slippery on the ridge as well. That plus finishing the loop trail, it took us 5.5 hours. I will definitely be back. It is a full body workout! If it’s raining I suggest shoe spikes for the ridge.

Awesome hike. Finally went around the whole crater which made it a nice loop instead of out an back. Worth it for sure.

Had my garmin watch following on GPS. It recorded the entire trip as 6.54 miles. It was 2.6 to get to the crater once you climb up the third waterfall. It was about another 2 miles around the crater. We rejoined with the main trail after coming down the ridge from the crater at 5.8 miles.

It took me and my gf about 5.5 hours. We did it at a leisurely pace stopping at all the waterfalls and also took dip in the stream. It was raining at the top which made it super slow going. It gets a little slippery at the top with all the mud.

Really fun experience. Make sure you have enough time to finish. Shoes with tread help. I skidded twice in my worn out running shoes. Wouldn’t wear them on this hike if I went again. Upper body strength helps if you’re planning to do the crater.

nature trips
30 days ago

This hike is closer to 10 miles. Be prepared for passing showers and a slippery, sometimes precipitous trail. The Waimanalo end of the trail is too narrow for bikes.

Loved the foliage! Found a couple of Jasmine trees that were incredibly fragrant! Beautiful hike with lots of fascinating plants.

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