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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.

Love this trail! Took my two littles with me. Lots of water crossings and mud. There’s even some ruins along the way!

4 days ago

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

5 stars for the hike 3 stars for the description. this is 6 miles "each way" total of 12 miles. Great view, trail is decent and not too busy.

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!!

9 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.

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)

hiking
11 days ago

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

hiking
13 days ago

A new fav! Loved the inclines to include the 196 stairs at the onset. Added a new rope near the completion point/summit.

Elevation gained 1624ft.
Distance to turn, 2.10 miles

Be advised, several areas are shear like along the ridge with a narrow margin of trail. Also, you'll acquire some friends in the way of burs that stick to your clothing.

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

rock climbing
16 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
16 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.

My favorite workout spot!!

hiking
20 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.

hiking
21 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.

Parking:
Park along the western side of Tantalus Drive near the Kalawahine trailhead.

Hike:
From the Kalawahine trailhead, hike 1.2 miles (ignore the two Manoa Cliff Trail forks to the right) until you reach Pauoa Flatts. Take a left and follow along the boardwalk through the forest (ignore the Nu’uanu Trail that forks to the left) until you reach a fork. Take the left fork and continue uphill to Nu’uanu lookout. From the lookout, there are two trails. Take the one to the right to continue to K2.

A short distance along this section the trail forks. The right fork leads to the peak trail; the left fork continues around the west side of the mountain as a cliff trail. I highly recommend the left fork as the peak trail is overgrown and far more physically demanding.

There are some stunning views along the cliff trail: Nu’uanu Lookout, Kapalama Ridge, the Pali Pass, Upper Manoa Valley and far across the Ko’olaus when the skies are clear. You also get an upper-deck view of Lulumahu Falls and a gorgeous two-stage waterfall (which appears to be accessible via a side trail) near the headwaters of Nu’uanu Stream. The top 20% is always sloppy muddy. Near the peak, there are tons of convenient mud ‘stairs’ and deep trail ditches to keep you safe from falls. The view is often socked in by cloud cover, but K2 is a rewarding hike nonetheless.

Duration:
This hike should take between 4.5-5 hours.

Difficulty:
I would put this hike on the lower side of Hard (probably more accurately Upper-Upper Moderate by Oahu standards). The drops as you hug the mountainside are a little intimidating, but not too bad. The climb to the peak is pretty physical, and the span between some ‘stairs’ seems to favor those with longer legs.

Ratings:
Payoff: 7.5/10
Intensity: 9/10
Risk: 7.5/10
Wayfinding: 8/10

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’ .

Probably my favorite waterfall on island. The pool at the beginning of the trail is so clear and refreshing. The hike up is not very shaded. It is a great hike for experienced children hikers.

Just an easy breezy walk. Plenty of shade and pretty trees to look at. Great place for children to walk and get out.

hiking
30 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

Awesome little hike, the falls is awesome and very unique, BUT, the real treasure comes early in the hike as there is a nice little pond to swim in.

I liked this trail. For trail running it was good and not muddy or covered in roots. There are views of Honolulu every mile or so.

lower forest section, ridge section, and final forest/rock climbing section to summit. amazing views! do not bring kids.

Could someone tell me how the parking is?

hiking
1 month ago

Nice views and a fun climb

Easy, but on rainy days might get too muddy and slippery. Beautiful and short trail with a nice waterfall at the end. Great for families and pets, too.

hiking
1 month ago

Definitely a cardio workout! Beautiful views up top. Wouldn't recommend beginners to do it.

Nice short hike with a good scenic photo opp and decent water falls, if you soon after a rain. Took my five year old and she didn't have any issues. Hard gravel pack on entire trail.

I am very impressed. The nature and the wildlife was just amazing. Clean water and no people. One of my favorite waterfall trails.
Also I would like to say thank you to a person who marked the trail, very helpful.

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