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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!

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.

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hiking
8 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

rock climbing
11 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
11 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.

hiking
14 days ago

After completing stair way to heaven last week, everyone has been telling me this is next. So I will crush it this weekend. Who’s coming or doing it this weekend?? IG: @hgonzo7

hiking
14 days ago

looking for a group to hike this with me, or any other cool hikes, anytime in the next few weeks. DM me on Instagram @jessie.young

hiking
15 days ago

Loved this hike! Reccomend a high fitness level and not being afraid of heights and some intense rock scrambles if attempting all 3 peaks. Allow for Approx 3 hrs return if moving fast.
PARKING-
Be aware I recieved a $35 ticket for parking just outside the golf complex with everyone else.

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).

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
16 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.

17 days ago

Bring lots of water and food. Go on a clear day.

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.

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.

hiking
22 days ago

Will preface this LONG post by saying: I am an average person. I am in decent shape, but I have certainly been in better shape. I don’t rock climb. I was raised in the Midwest and live out in the flats still, but love to hike when on vacation. I am by no means an expert hiker, my balance could use some work along with my lower body strength.

The hike to the first peak is one of the most gorgeous hikes on Oahu (I have done about 7-8 others on the island). I was fortunate to have good weather. The initial portion is a steady climb up some clay footing which would’ve been a mud party in the rain. Once it starts to get consistently rocky, you’ve hit approximately halfway. I didn’t feel the rope portions were too bad going up - I only used about half of them. Always be careful, but I felt the ropes were of fine quality. It does become more steep as you ascend. The infamous rock wall you have to scale is not the scariest part, in my opinion. If you’re afraid of heights (I like to think I am not afraid, rather, I have a healthy fear of the potential to slip and die), this could get a bit scary. I still felt there was enough real estate on either side to be safe. Once you get “north of the wall”, you’ll walk a narrow-ish ridge to get to an area of rock scramble to get to the very top. I had a moment of panic here as I didn’t climb up the rocky path and decided to inch myself along the ridge before climbing up the rocks. Maybe don’t do that? After that, you’ll get the most amazing views of the island! Rest a bit and enjoy the view.

The descent had me a bit amped- a kind dude helped me down the rock scramble to part and I ran into some equally kind folks who I ended up hiking down with. Ropes were more helpful going down. I did not need gloves to do the climb. I did the climb in trail running shoes (no, I don’t really do much of that either) and felt safe.

Nature wins every time, so as long as you are honest with yourself about your limits, and are mindful of your footing as you get to the top, you’ll be fine. Take your time, and take a buddy if you can. I’d do it again....but with a buddy.

Beautiful 10-mile loop among the big trees with lots of different scenery. Relatively easy.

hiking
24 days ago

I will be in Oahu next week (July-29 to August 5) visiting family. I would like to hike this trail, Moanalua Valley trail and other more spots. Feel free to email me at nico.marchan@yahoo.com or message me on my instagram: @nicocarlosmarchan if you want to join me and others to hike these trails.

Don’t waste your time walking this long ass service road! Get a permit drive up and check out the upper trails that way! It kicked my ass though not gonna lie. Some nice views but to me not worth the hike. This is great for training and cardio. Wouldn’t do it again. This is a long one people! Bring plenty of water and snacks/food. I may seem harsh but I was hungry the whole way....lol. Honestly though okay to skip it. It’s A road for the majority of it!

finding safe and legal parking can be difficult then a long walk via golf course road to the trailhead. this is a dangerous trail. where you need to be extremely careful. I've personally been involved in a rescue on this trail where a hiker in front of me fell over a 100ft.

hiking
25 days ago

If you are starting from the Woodlawn Dr / Alani Dr hairpin turn, follow the paved road pass the houses and soon the official trail will start. Walk past the chain link fence. You will then come to a fork. If you take the right one, this is the Kolowalu Trail that connects to Waahila Ridge Trail. To go to Waiakeakua, take the left fork, past a picnic table with shelter, to Pu’u Pia trail. About half way in where the trail makes a u turn , look to your right for an opening with ribbons. Go down steeply with some ropes section ( some of the ropes might be missing ) until you reach the bottom. From here, you can hear and see the stream. Thats the Waiakeakua stream. Follow it and cross the stream rock hopping over. This is where you can see some old disuse tunnels and water pipes with a nice swimming hole ( Queens Bath). Climb up a rock stairs and keep follwing the narrow trail...this will eventually lead you to the falls of Waiakeakua.
Another way to access it is via the bridges of Manoa via Waaloa Place. Look out alltrails Seven Bridges of Manoa and there should be directions to it. This is another way of getting to Waiakeakua/ Naniuapo falls. The last time I did it this way, one of the bridges is gone due to fallen tree. The route is now very unkempt and messy.

The first fall is easy to get to but the subsequent falls require some climbing.

Check out my previous tracks. I’ve done it many times before.

Some of the ropes to the upper falls might not be there anymore...

All private property.. two hour drive for nothing

hiking
25 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

26 days ago

Disappointed the entrance past the golf course gate is closed to hikers after 4pm

hiking
27 days ago

Love!! Somewhat muddy and difficult trail. Be prepared to get dirty & challenge yourself. Several places where ropes are the only way you’re advancing. Only did the first peak, but happy to be there & amazing views in every direction. Weather was a bit cloudy, but still a great time. Coming down was just as difficult & I think you actually depend on the ropes coming down more than the way up!

Loved this one!! Definitely had some difficult parts but totally doable if you are in relatively good shape! Their are some steep parts and some very narrow areas so probably not a good idea if you have a fear of heights! But the view was amazing!!

Really fun trail but there are some tricky parts. It would be risky to do after rain and there are a couple parts that are essentially like rock climbing. Great hike if you are looking for a bit of a challenge and some great views.

28 days ago

Great hike and beautiful view

hiking
29 days ago

Love it, but it’s a scared one.

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