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Relatively easy because it is well paved. Entirely uphill. Very crowded with two way traffic. The biggest issue is that the crowds are mostly tourists who all have different ideas about what side of the trail to be on, how close to be, how much of the trail is ok to fan out on, and how fast to go. There is a stretch of the trail that goes through a cave, which, if you’re the kind of person who gets claustrophobic in elevators, might be a little uncomfortable. Lots of stairs and the viewing platform is very narrow and crowded. View at the top is totally worth it!

Crowded and touristy, but still a classic. I like to go in the late afternoon when most of the tours are gone.

Even though this hike is a must see for Honolulu/Oahu it's not much of a "hike" good elevation and workout with a view, that's it.

* WAY too touristy. Lots of folks who have no business going up will be there. No trail etiquette in the slightest
* Paved all the way up. Badly at that. Times were you will trip and fall
* If you're a hiker, take the "hard" route when it comes up. Stairs to get the blood flowing.
* Views are great. Crowded. Tourist spot in tight quarters.

hiking
1 day ago

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

It is an easy hike, however, it has a narrow path at some points of the hike and there are points where there is oncoming traffic (due to it being heavily crowded) and u cannot pass the person in front of you. Took about 20 minutes to reach the "summit". The whole path is paved. Entrance Fee- Not sure about the Parking fee, but I hiked up to the gate it self and it was a dollar. On Saturdays, if you go in the AM for the hike, you can enjoy KCC famers market right around the corner.
The stairs (towards the last part of the hike to reach up top) in the pictures are optional, but more fun. There is an alternate and an easier path as well. Definitely worth the view if you are visiting HI for the first time such as in my case.

Once you get to the junction of Nuuanu/Pauoa Flats Trail ( with a newly installed board walk), turn left and walk past Aihualama junction to Manoa Falls. This muddy trail will lead you to a nice lookout point , Pauoa Flats Lookout with a small bench on a cliffside. Take a moment and enjoy the view or you can continue on...

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

Steep, muddy, beautiful waterfall,

I rate it low because despite the fantastic view up top, the trail itself it just one long paved route out in the open with nothing much to look at inside of the crater. After doing it I can’t say the view was worth the effort.

Went from the Pali over to Manoa falls then back. This time going up the ridge to the first clearing. Well worth it. Just make sure to be ready to get your feet wet when coming from the Pali, you have to cross a stream. Super fun.

on Puu Pia Trail

7 days ago

Great views ftom the top but majority of trail is covered in muddy tree roots.

Easy paved hike. Be aware this can get very busy. There is a fee to park and it fills up often. Nice view at the top.

Do it as early as possible to avoid massive crowds. Finished by 9:30 and the tour busses were lined to get in. Views and stairs are worth it though, and this is more of an easy hike.

Hot hike during the middle of the day, but the views are worth it. Bring water.

Definitely not hard but more like an easy intermediate, even if you hike all the way to Manoa Falls from Judd via Nuuanu Trail, Pauoa Flats and Aihualama. This is someone’s track and one of the many ways you can hike around the Tantalus-Makiki trail system.

This is the map for the entire Makiki-Tantalus Trail System.

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

What an amazing hike to the waterfall but be careful it does get muddy take a towel and swimsuit jump into the waterfall it’s beautiful.

i love to do this in the evening..wonderful sunset and after a beautiful view of the moon and the sky

Fun quick hike with awesome views of Honolulu, Waikiki and Pearl Harbor. Uneven surface and some steep stairs but saw kids and flip flops so no big deal.

I promise you’ll get dirty. The trail is not very hard but it is very slippery. I very enjoyed my time ! At the end the waterfall is gorgeous, there’s even some people that swam. Get dirty and enjoy or dont go at all.

15 days ago

Short hike with amazing views of Honolulu and the ocean!

hiking
15 days ago

Super muddy on both Judd loop and up to Nuuanu. Would n it recommend doing this for a week or more. Nov 27.

Okay so I love what I made of this trail, yeah I kinda went off by accident and went on a wild ride lmao but I loved it so far the best place I’ve gone to

I would rate it easy. A lot of stairs toward the end but not hard at all. A lot of foot traffic. The earlier the better.

Better to hike early in the morning to avoid tour bus drop offs

Beautiful trail. It's worth the effort. Try to go early to avoid the crowds

yes an easy 30 minute hike can turn into a hr or more due to crowd size and people don’t seem to know how to give way.

Lame tourist trap hell. Way too many people and the payoff wasn't worth the aggrevation. Way better hikes in Oahu, don't waste your time

Very crowded and a huge tourist trap.

Great hike. Beautiful trail and a gorgeous waterfall. To get to trailhead: park - walk all the way to your right where you see a fence. On your left is a place where a hole has been made in the fence. You’ll be on a gravel road. I guess maybe you could take one of the MANY trails that lead off the road but honestly, the easiest way is to follow the gravel road. The road comes to a metal graffiti portajohn thing and the trail starts from there. It was pretty easy to find if you just follow the gravel road.

After that, the trail has a few alternate paths. We followed the pink ties but honestly, you just gotta follow the creek. The bamboo forests were amazing, wasn’t too muddy. Wasn’t too difficult, but definitely a lot of fun. Highly recommend this hike. I almost liked it better than the Maunawili hike.

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