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Challenging elevation cw or ccw. I went full loop ccw which I believe to be easier. Cw would have been uphill through brush. Not fun.

You will cross the stream more like 11 times not 8. The falls were going pretty good. The pool was deep enough to swim. May have had some misting rainfall the day before.

Be alert for trail markings. Some places have broken onto the forest floor.

Took about 4 hrs. Bring at least half a gallon of water, snacks and a pack so you can have your hands free. You will use the foot slide in places. Hiking pole is useful in places. Rocks are very slick.

The full loop is for intermediate to experienced hikers. Out and back to falls is for intermediate hikers. Beginners should be very cautious in deciding to do out and back to falls.

one of the best hikes of my life. best of all worlds: waterfalls, crater, summit, creek bed, and everything in between.

hiking
2 days ago

8/18/2018-Definitely one of the muddier and more humid visits to this trail. We started around 0735 and crossed paths with 20 groups/solo hikers. There were a handful of large groups with kids in tow on our way out so it seems like the popular time to go hiking is around 0900. The waterfall was nice and the mud slowed us down quite a bit but well worth the exercise!

Definitely a chill hike, play in the mud on the way up and wash it off in the falls as you swim in some amazing pools!

Great trail. Great pool below falls with some good jumping into water from 10-50 ft elevations for daring. Muddy. This is not a trail for flip flops or tennis shoes, should really use hiking shoes....Dozens of blown out flip flops on trail. A nice 3 hr - 4 hr round trip with time at falls and pool. Very muddy ... not too buggy but you will get bit by a few mosquitos.

Gorgeous waterfall/ pond to swim in. Muddy hike that was a little tough to follow at times. Shady. Not child friendly.

Great starting trail! Perfect for people new to the island.

this is the sencond time I've attempted this trail. It's been closed off with a sentry manning the gate (on base Schofield Barracks) Apparently the trails too through a live firing range. So if you go when they are shooting your not getting in.

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

3 days ago

love Hamama good for exercise, views, and cooling off after a nice workout

on Makaua Falls Trail

3 days ago

Love this trail so close to home, not as any best to go after rain not really as there was a lady who died recently from a rock slide, use common sense. do it with love feel the mana don't do it for the gram.

on Hauula Loop Trail

3 days ago

I love it, what's not to love hiking in Hawaii, country side.

Prepare to walk through water more thanks once to get to the beautiful water fall. So worth it.

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.

hiking
3 days ago

This morning, my friend and I read a review that said, “F this trail I almost died” and we didn’t take it seriously. I understand now what the person was talking about. She and I are experienced hikers and climbers, I’d say, and we both have a very high — what you could call — “adventure tolerance.” This trail was, straight up, unsafe. Perhaps it was different before heavy rains, but much of the trail was crumbling off the mountain. Based on a below review we did the trail counterclockwise, which I was very grateful for, because there was a very muddy wall with a flimsy rope.....like, that was the trail. And on the side of that was crumbling cliffside. My friend and I looked at each other saying maybe we should go back, but it was nothing we weren’t used to, especially after doing Moanalua, so we decided as long as it didn’t get worse we would keep going. However, it continued to get worse, so much so that we couldn’t really go back because we were afraid we might slip down in the mud going downhill instead of up. There were several times when the trail was as wide as one of my boots. I was never not confident that it would be fine, though I can say I’ve never been happier to see stairs once we finally summited — mind you we believed we had summited several times before being discouraged to see yet another uphill ridge-line with even more slippery cliffsides. When we got to the summit, we saw a sign facing the other direction, and when we turned to see what it said it was a warning sign for a hazardous cliff. I would definitely listen to that sign if you do the trail the clockwise direction, and turn around, and I do not recommend doing the trail the counterclockwise direction after how hairy the ridge-line was. It seems as though the trail has definitely degenerated from lack of use and has perhaps begun to fall down the cliffside, on the right and the left, making it perilous to attack.

A moderately easy trail with an awesome waterfall and swimming hole at the end.

hiking
7 days ago

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

Just bear in mind that a large portion behind Treetop Restaurant and the formerly Paradise Park is owned by Roman Catholic Church of Hawaii and a major portion around Waiakeaua and Waaloa by BWS.

This was a pretty cool hike. We did this with the little guys (7 & 4) in slippas with ease. The pool is cool but if it’s crowded just go a few more steps up the trail to the bridge and get in there. Not as deep but just as refreshing. The waterfall was worth the hike. Go early to ensure you have some time to yourself. It gets pretty crowded midday. Nice way to spend a Sunday with ohana!!

Awesome place and with a nice swimming area. Unfortunately I lost my knock off go pro there and am more concerned with losing all the great pictures I took than the camera itself. So if anyone finds it u are more than welcome to keep the camera I just want the memory card. (contour camera)

Make sure you bring bug spray and panchos. Its really muddy

hiking
12 days ago

Last time I did this, one of the ropes snapped and this guy fell 15ft. Luckily it was into about 12-18in of water, but he took a bad tumble down some rocks. He was seriously shaken, looked like he broke his wrist, but he was stubborn and his partner wanted to get he out of there so after a few minutes of recovering they just left.

Sobering reminder, don't trust ropes. On unmaintained trails, nobody is checking them and it doesn't take long for Hawaii's wet humid climate compromise the strength. You fall and get hurt it's on you, nobody is footing the bill for you.

FYI find the trail via the Pu'u Pia intersect. Do not follow the map/GPS directions on this page, it will take you to a closed trail head

beautiful after a bunch of rain. fun to hang out and cool off. very easy hike

hiking
14 days ago

You can tell where the trail is fairly easily most of the time but there is minimal marking tape through out. There are some blown down trees that are quite a challenge and a blown over bamboo forest that was nearly a belly crawl to get through. On the way back we discovered a path on the alternate side of the stream which helped a lot and some stream crossings at various points helped us to bypass blown over trees. The waterfall itself is pretty but yes there are no pools to play in. It is NOT currently dog friendly though it is dog doable

hiking
15 days ago

Despite the lack of waterfalls today, this was a great family hike. We carried one kid the whole way, while our three year old alternated walking/riding. Bring bug spray and wear shoes with good grip as the trail is muddy even during the driest periods.

Muddy trail most days. Pools of mud if it has recently rained- but then falls are great! Prepare to mess hiking shoes big time. Barefoot may be way to go! Saw many morons with flip flops on. Lots of roots along most of trail. Hiking stick helpful due to mud. You have to cross over large stream a few times. Enjoyed this trail especially after a heavy rain- lots of fun and falls were great.

My favorite workout spot!!

Warning: deep woods off is not enough this is the most mosquito infested trail I have ever hiked but is 100% worth it. 100% Deet spray will work excellently though so as long as you use it you are good. Hiking/walking sticks are also helpful to navigate through the mud. It is just a gorgeous trail even by Hawaii standards and I know because I Live here. (I moved here largely for the great hiking). I live about 15 minutes away and if you want to join me on a trail sometime my email is justindavidsands@gmail.com.

hiking
19 days ago

Nice little hike, not much elevation gain. The highlight is the waterfall at the end. If you're down, wear a swimsuit - there are a few places that you can jump off of into the pool of water. The lowest is off the fall, the middle is to the right where the rope is, the highest one is on the left (you have to make your way up the trail).

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).

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