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This trail can be considered off the beaten path. it is difficult but so worth it. Be careful and attentive. You will need to follow hard to see markers on trees in the form of ribbons and painted bottle caps. There may be pigs around, I saw footprints but didn't come across one.
Entrance to this trail is easy to miss, so download the map ahead of time, you will lose service and you might get lost.
The trail goes down the mountain to the river bed and follows the riverbed back up to the waterfall, but it cuts across back and forth several times over river. Look for markers, different colors, all the same trail.
When you get to falls, you can unwind and swim. Take the break, it will be rough getting back and looping around to the Aiea trail at the top. Going up it will be muddy and steep. Watch your step. There will be ropes to help in some parts and a lot of ferns hiding the trail. It goes up and up and up until you reach the Aiea trail. Definitely worth it, but go prepared. :)

Climbed waterfalls, slid down muddy trails on backside due to rain at peak! Great hike.

hiking
1 day ago

Boy... not sure where to begin with this hike. I should start out by saying we did this hike at 04:30 to make it to the top by blue hour. The path is extremely slick and steep in some areas. You NEED to pay attention to where you step and what you hold onto. The ropes are a godsend but make sure they’re sturdy before using them. The area behind the puka is incredibly dangerous as it’s very, very narrow and slick. However, the views are more than worth it. Watching the sky turn golden from the puka was great but the real views were on the ridge walking back. Definitely worth it.

If you’re looking for an adventure then this is for you! You will go through 3 waterfalls and see a beautiful view of the crater. I will warn you that this hike is not for the weak minded. This hike will take patience and physical strength. Pack tons of water and electrolytes (snacks) but try to pack lightly. You will get down and dirty as the trail is ALL muddy. Ladies... try not to wear shorts. Some of the plants are sharp and can cut your beautiful legs. It took me and my girls about 5 hours to complete this trail. That’s with stopping at all of the waterfalls and taking in God’s beautiful creation. Get in the water! Definitely worth it! Another important tip, this trail is extremely slippery. If can bring hiking shoes. I wore my Nike’s which had ZERO traction and I slipped a handful of times. And please... be careful. It’s not a competition. Try to take your time and just enjoy the nature!

Had a lot of fun hiking this with my best friend and her two kids (1.5 and 9). Wear bug repellant. Views are beautiful, buildings are beautiful and show history. Parking is not fun. Be sure and stay in the dirt.

Great hike.... All up hill, lots of mud after a rain but the views are amazing.....

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.

hiking
3 days ago

Headed up on a rainy day expecting mud and trail to be a little slippery.

Amazing hike! But be careful it’s slippery. Other than that, the view is really amazing!!

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

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.

hiking
5 days ago

Excellent scenic local hike! Not many tourists compared with other falls trails.

hiking
7 days ago

Got super lost, make sure you know where to go!

Probably the best hike in Oahu in terms of difficulty, beautiful scenery, semi-challenging rock climbing sections, and then the viewpoint from the first peak. We made it to the second peak, but decided not to go all the way to the third peak due to the sketchiness of the ropes on the backside of the second peak. Nonetheless, it was simply beautiful from the top! Highly recommended! Hope the weather is in your favor!

Hiked 8/12. Challenging but enjoyable hike. Agree with earlier reviews…wear pants! It’s extremely overgrown most of the way. I also stopped at the 3.5 mile peak due to heavy cloud cover and fog. The risk wasn’t worth the gain to fight my way the additional quarter mile to the Lanipo peak. That portion of the trail is basically non existent. Plenty of flowers and creepy crawlers to check out along the way.

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.

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.

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
9 days ago

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

News Update Lost Hikers on Olomana Trail

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lots of ups and downs and good views along the way make this a fun hike that I'll definitely do again. pretty exposed though, so make sure to have plenty of water. last portion rather muddy but not usually so for a ridgeline hike ascent. final 0.2 miles along KST has a lot of slick spots and a few portions without a real trail, which I'd avoid if you're not looking for a challenge. about 4:30 in decent weather by an experienced hiker, suggest pants for second half or so.

hiking
11 days ago

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

Definitely turn right at the tree with the blue arrow. Staying left won’t get you to the waterfall and is not very kid friendly of a hike.

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.

So I just tried and there are a few forks. I went right at 1st one and ended up under hwy, backtracked, went other way and right at next fork by big white tree trunk. ended up by 2 big green electrical towers and then ultimately on the fire road back to my car. I'll try again tmrw. Apparently there's a right turn I missed. Lots of trails off of this trail. Had a great sweat and work out anyway. But darn it, I wanted to get wet too. Next time!

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

Great hike and worth your time. You’re going to want to go on a clear day when it hasn’t rained much. Note parking may have to be in the neighborhood below.

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.

rock climbing
15 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

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