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I think this trail should be rated hard lol. I'm an army officer and have hiked all over the world and this one was a doozy. The descent down to the stream after you leave pu'u pia trail is BRUTAL. Super slick mud, no ropes, and 60 degree incline. It's doable though. Also, there are no signs for the falls and the trails aren't marked. I got lost twice. you really need to plot the location on a good device or use the map on this app, which I did. There is some really creepy caves by the first big pool (Queen's bath) I suggest looking into. There's random pipes and concrete through out the hike in the middle of dense rainforest which just adds to the mystery. It was a fun hike I'll remember forever. The pools was the most refreshing swim I've ever had, no lie. I started my hike around 2 pm and had them all to myself. Bring extra water, you'll need it.

We expected mud, but man, it was MUDDY! The reward at the end was well worth it. My 12 year old jumped off of the larger cliff while my 6 year old jumped off of the waterfall. Bring at least a change of shoes and water to wash off with at the car. Took five of us about 1.5 hours going out, 1 hour at the falls, 1.5 coming back, with frequent stops.

very adventurous. nice and cool shaded trail.

Like all the other reviews said, be prepared to get muddy. It was very slippery in some areas, so be careful. It took us just under 3 hours out and back at a leisurely pace. It is a well traveled trail so expect to pass people in both directions. Cross the stream at least four times. Beautiful hike. Well worth the mud.

Very easy going down. The way back up is slightly exhausting though. Make sure to go after a big rain, we went today and the waterfalls were all dried up. There was a small pool of water that some people were swimming in, but this hike is only worth it if the waterfall is flowing. The trail will be very muddy if the waterfall is flowing, if it’s dried dirt you probably picked the wrong day.

2 days ago

This was a fun day. We was distracted by the Beautiful graffiti on the right side of the pave road and our conversation. So while looking at the All Trails map redline for the trail head based on our GPS location and looking at the artwork on the route we missed the actual trail entrance by a lot. Where the map indicated us to go into the trail was actually just leading us into the wood line. It looked like many people had been through there before based off the amount of crushed vegetation on the floor. I was stung by a bunch of mosquitoes and ended up turning around once we realized that we were getting too deep into the vegetation with no trail in sight. We proceeded back up towards the road and took a different path and realize that we were still nowhere near the trail head. So we actually got out of the vegetation and got back on the concrete road and started walking back down towards the entrance looking for a different path along the side of the road that could’ve possibly been the Trailhead. We found a couple more paths that also lead nowhere near where the Trailhead was. We went back to the paved road and continued back down towards the entrance at this point determined that we would find the trailhead. We came around a curve in the road and that is when we finally saw the official sign that marked the entrance to the Trail.

Once we actually got on the trail it was definitely a great trail to be on. You get to a intersection where you have the choice to go clockwise or counterclockwise on the trail. You do cross streams on this trail and you do hear water running on the right and the left side of you. There is also a split on the trail taking you higher in elevation while heading counter clockwise that we didn’t attempt to explore and so we chose to go left keeping us moving along the trail. There is also a couple places on the trail where you will have to walk almost on the ground crawling or like really low to the ground squatting because of the low vegetation growing across the path. We also encountered towards the end a huge rock face that we attempted to pull ourselves up On and look at the ledge to see if we can climb up on it. But we wasn’t really prepared for that physically or literally, lol!

There is not a lot of views as others have said along this trail. Your best view is right in the beginning where you have the option to go left or right to complete the trail. There are portions of the trail where the path is a little bit steep and slick in the beginning leading to the loop. So recommend caution going up if you’re not skilled or in the best of shape or in the right shoes to avoid any injuries from slipping. Just below the split of the trail there is a picnic table. There is also a short secondary path that leads up to the split on the trail or down towards the picnic table as you complete the loop. The only person we saw on the trail was a man and his dog. There was not a lot of people that were trafficking in that area from the time we signed in and the time we signed out. All in all we enjoyed our hike. The day was so frustrating from the start that I forgot to even save my recording and write a review of my adventure. So I ended up saving it as private because I went on another hike 2 days later and started recording as if I was continuing a pause from this trail.....

A good distance and elevation gain to be considered a hike instead of a walk, but with good shade and relatively well marked trails. It is mostly well maintained, although trees have fallen over in a few places and it's washed out in a few more. Nothing major. Bring bug spray, be respectful when you park since it'll be in front of someone's house most likely, and don't expect crazy views. You'll mostly be in the forest.

This was such a fun hike, but a little longer than we were expecting! All four of us were baby-wearing our littles. We loved the falls at the end and jumped in the falls at the end. Crawl up the waterfall and see the waterfall at the top!

Nice hike. Muddy. Great swimming under the waterfall.

Hard, but worth every bit of sweat!

7 days ago

I would say this is tougher than the rating but only due to the fact I carried about 30+ extra pounds on my back (baby+carrier). The “waterfall” wasn’t anything really worth the trip today but the view overall is amazing. The hike was up and down challenging and was a good workout overall. I’m sure there’s more of a waterfall when there’s more rain but not on a day like today.

worth it! not anyone there with us when we got there. mostly up hill but super easy

10 days ago

I took my 10, 9, and 5-year olds on this hike and they managed better than I did! It has some great views during the first half, and then gets quite steep as you descend to the pools. Lots of folks were jumping off and doing pull-ups on the ropes that cross the water - it was fun to watch. It was very dry the day we hiked, which meant that the steep parts (hard-packed dirt) were extremely slick. We fell on our butts a few times, just due to skidding out. I will say I saw a few people hiking barefoot, or with Crocs - would not recommend that. It took us almost three hours RT, but that was with some snack breaks, and lots of time at the bottom of the trail to watch the jumpers. It was fairly busy on a Saturday, but not obnoxious -- and definitely not as crowded as Manoa falls. Don't be tricked by the first 0.8 miles -- really easy and fun. Then it gets quite steep... Definitely try it wth kiddos - they will like it a lot (if you continue tossing in the breaks for granola bars and fruit snacks!).

Takes a little effort to find the trail after getting to the arch but well worth the uphill hike for the view at the top. DON’T climb over the arch unless you have climbing equipment or are an adrenaline junky

When we got there the gate was closed however, we called a number and they immediately came and opened it up for us. There were no signed while we were driving but it kinda dead ends at a gate and the trail is to the right of it. there is a smallish clearing where we parked but its not really a parking lot. When we first took the trail it was a bit overgrown but not horrible. The rope next to the stairs was a big help, the stairs are a bit steep! The rock was cool and looked into the legends of it, there are quite a few but its really interesting if your into those stories. Loved making it to the first looks out point, great views of north shore. The trail is pretty well marked up until this point. We tried to go to the second lookout and the top and that trail is not marked at all! Beware, its overgrown and has a few very narrow areas. Loved the random lime bushes on that part of the trail. However, right before the second lookout it looks like there was a pretty bad mudslide and washed out the trail. tried to go around and it was no good. we could not find another way around either so we turned back. Really sad we couldn't make it passed that point but it was a decent little trail.

13 days ago

It says moderate but I say more like hard. Then again I was carrying my 37lb toddler in a backpack. Very very very steep!!!! Some areas seem to have thin walking paths but should be good. Definitely bring some water and snacks. At the fork go left, much shorter path to the pools

13 days ago

fun and dog friendly.

This hike is definitely worth it if you are in shape to do it. The first .8 miles of the hike are fine - probably deserve an easy rating. The last .6 kick your butt. Steep declines on the way to the falls. I did the hike when dry and it was still challenging. Bring good hiking shoes and a second pair for the water. Small sections of rock scrambling. Well marked trail and lots of trees to hold on to for stability.

Far fewer people here than at Manoa, but you still won't be alone. I probably saw 20-30 people total. There were about ten people at the falls when I was there.

Trailhead is in a Hawaii neighborhood. Park on the street.

Enjoyed the waterfall and jumping in. We got to the waterfall around 10:30 and it was a bit crowded. As people have mentioned, it was muddy, but with the streams to cross, you can kind of wash off. Very pretty hike. We enjoyed the views along the way.

15 days ago

*Before I begin, I lost a GoPro Hero Session 5 in the first waterfall portion in the pool, so if anyone does happen to find it, please contact me, it has some nice memories on it, thanks.* A very nice hike, isn't bad at all. However, it's a very dangerous hike if you go on a day after it just rain, it can get really muddy and slippery. So I recommend sunny days only. It has two waterfalls from the points I got to, both have a pool, but one is safe enough to jump from a cliff to the pool, whereas the other has a real nice view. A heads up, the way back could be tiring for some and a lot of going up, so prepare your legs for that.

Fun, muddy hike. I recommend going early morning to avoid crowds.

great fun hike, I'd rate this one as moderate however as the distance was fairly short and only slightly tricky towards the end with steeper declines. can get muddy but the reward of the waterfall and the jump was great.

This is one of my favorite hikes on the island. Very lightly trafficked and peaceful bamboo forest patches throughout.

Note that the last 25% of the hike is along the road on the way back to the car park.

This is an easygoing hike – a decent workout but still suitable for even a third-trimester pregnant woman.

20 days ago

WOW! What a trail! None of these guys were lying, this trail is EXTREMELY MUDDY, but 200% worth it. Gorgeous views, and the falls/pool at the end are a great treat!! You can take a dip, swing off ropes, or jump off the cliff. The hike is physically demanding, but the mud is the primary reason I would rank this trail “hard.” We loved this trail and will recommend to everyone we know who visits Oahu.

Again, the gate was closed for us to go to this trail, but with our limited time left here, we went anyway. It was during the Christmas Exodus, so we were reasonably assured that ordinance wouldn't rain down on us. The days had been dry so the trail was damp, but not muddy. Was a great short hike, was able to look over to the Western Shore even though we started on the east side of the Waianae Mountains. The only issue we had was when we got about a mile through the hike, the rest of the trail was not maintained so unable to get to the second viewpoint. Other than that it was great. The trail we did get to traverse was well maintained. Easy signage to show you were to go and fun! Would probably do it again in Feb.

VERY muddy trail and very slippery at times so be prepared to get dirty. Definitely wear shoes with good grip, no sandals. Waterfall/swimming hole is worth it- very cold but very refreshing! Not too hard of a hike but the mud definitely slows you down, bring towels for the end

it's not hard at all. short easy hike.

Fun hike, very muddy.

27 days ago

It is the muddiest trail I have done. Take good grippy shoes, not flip flops! And be prepared to not care about your shoes. There is a section at the end where you have to walk up the river.
Also there is a bacteria warning sign at the entrance but we talked to some locals and they say the water is alright and they go all the time

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