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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 .

It’s an awesome and fairly easy as long as you take the right way. When it comes to a fork make sure you take the left if you aren’t looking for a challenge. The right is much steeper and can be exhausting in the heat. Many bunkers and definitely worth the view.

11 days ago

Leeward is on fire!

13 days ago

Great after work, fresh air, hike/walk/trail run path. A few caves on the trail as well. At the first fork, go left as the climb up around the loop after about a mile is worth it. Also pants wouldn't be a bad idea as the lower trail has several areas of high grass/plant growth.

16 days ago

Great hike, especially at sunset. A couple switch backs and steep parts, but worth the climb once you get to the top. Can get warm and there is no shade/breeze so bring water.

I started from the Lower Trail which was a bit overgrown with lots of fallen trees. On one part it will appear like it’s a stream crossing however it’s not, the trail continues along the right. A little bit of incline but adds for a better workout. Came up to the trail marker with arrows facing straight ahead or to the right, a switchback. Ventured a bit further along the trail straight ahead. Turn up for the 6th tunnel overpass. Super sketchy and not even sure if doable straight ahead. The way back i tried to walk straight but couldn’t. Well I didn’t go close enough to take a better look. I headed back then continued to follow the arrow ascending up the trail and finally encountered some pretty views of the forest canopy! It poured rain for like 5 mins on and off which was nice. The trail back up has a lot of hazardous cliffs, because I’m paranoid I wouldn’t bring young kids on this trail! The last mile was a let down, along a fence next to the road haha. I only did 4.1 miles that loop is definitely not 5. I do however want to go back and do the ENTIRE trail! Need someone to go with though!

Kinda muddy but over all it’s a great hike!

19 days ago

Fun hike with the family. Not too difficult. There are a couple cool tunnels to walk through and every once in a while the vegetation thins and you get a beautiful view of the valley.

Great for kids and dogs!

22 days ago

Great hike, moderately difficult with rocky terrain. Beautiful sights the entire way up.

Comparatively speaking, in terms of other Oahu hikes, this hike was only average. But, that’s just in terms of what my perception is of the payoff at the end, and my subjective judgement about other trails’ payoff. If you like rope swings into small swimming areas at the end, you may be totally inclined. And, for only being about 3 miles round trip, it gives you a pretty intense workout coming back. This is what I would call a reverse hike; down and in (to the valley), back and up (to the ridge, or start). The trail is very muddy in some parts, along with some moderate rocky areas where you’ll have to slightly climb. So, slippers if you dare. Even on a moderate day, like today, you’ll sweat going downhill. Bring or wear swimming trunks, or a bathing suit because you’ll need to jump into the icy mountain stream to cool off before heading straight back up the ridge. If you’re on Oahu vacationing and your hiking choices become limited due to weather or travel, or live here, but want to do something new for exercise, then yes, I’d recommend it. Otherwise, I’d try and pick something else that wasn’t nearly as strenuous for the payoff at the end. Other Recommendations: Olomana (Three Peaks), Hawaii Loa Ridge, Crouching Lion, Tantalus, Manoa Falls, Makapu’u Lighthouse, Hanauma Crater

don't leave oahu without doing this hike!

A very nice a quiet waterfall. The hill back up is for sure like a stairmaster. It can be steep, just be cautious.

mostly uphill hike, trail in pretty good condition for most of the way although some may struggle on a few muddy portions/climbs. views on the way up of west side well worth the hike even if summit is foggy. at a good clip for an experienced hiker 4 hours round trip. fair number of people on trail after about 10am on a weekend

Great hike and challenging. What makes it hard is the steep decline with the muddy wet areas. However retiring was faster, but more strenuous due to using leg muscles allot. The water fall was great and there are cliffs where you can jump into the pond.

1 month ago

Great hike at sunset. Nice 360 views.

1 month ago

Nice hike a little warm when we went today around 1000. It is a moderate hike with a lot of switchbacks, but some amazing views on top and during the climb. The climb past the pink pill box is along a ridge for a very short distance and is not for those with a fear of heights. It was moderately trafficked on a Saturday probably less trafficked on a weekday.

1 month ago

Go early! We got there at 9am and it was really hot and humid in the trail. There’s not much shade and the trail ends up feeling hotter because of the way it’s set up, they’re like hot pockets. Not great, pace yourself and definitely bring water & wear SPF. The pill boxes were really cool, the pink one you’ll need someone to boost you if you want photos on top of it. Incredible, gorgeous views. Worth it!!!

unique in that you are hiking down to a waterfall. moderately steep decline over many roots but there are plenty of ropes and trees you can hold to help you down(and back up).there's only one part that opens up for a view but mostly it's thru narrow paths with alot of tree cover and mud. we ran into a hunting party with 6 dogs who just killed a boar. pretty awesome. don't forget to bring a swimsuit to swim at the waterfall.

I would rate this trail moderate rather than easy. The path had tree roots, rocks and was slippery in places. The path was mostly an incline or decline. One area we had to walk over large rocks at the edge of the stream to continue on the trail. It was scenic with a lot of plants. It took 4 adults and two children (5 and 8) about 2 1/4 hours to complete stopping for pictures, exploring the tunnels and playing in the stream. Bring mosquito repellent, good hiking shoes that can also get wet.

the trail splits at the very beginning giving you the option to go down or stay up. I would recommend going down then take the top on the way back. I went with my 15, 10 and 8 yr olds. it was a little challenging because the trail was slippery but we made it!

Awesome! Muddy and slippery but worth the trip!

Literally my fav hike eva holy shat so fun, I like jumped and stuff, there where like trees there. Overall the water was nice. Muddy too. Outdoors is cool. Recommend for people over the age of 77.

1 month ago

Short and fun rock climbing. Have a great view to the beach.

Love this hike. Moderate for sure especially when wet. Falls were not really running too much in June. Rope swing always fun

Amazing hike ... we went early (on the trail by 7 AM) and had the falls and swimming hole to ourselves for 40 minuets before the multitudes started arriving.

Waterfall and swimming hole is worth it. Had fun jumping off the ropes. Not much to look at on the actual hike though. Pretty muddy so be prepared for that. Fairly easy hike overall.

My wife and I loved the challenge of the root and rock wall that we encountered. We definitely learned we needed more water for the hike! Being new to the area it was really nice to see the nature around us. The waterfall was beautiful and the were two areas where you can swim and jump off the rope swing or rocks. Will definitely be doing this trail again!

1 month ago

I didn’t get to finish the hike because I brought my black lab when we went to hike this in the afternoon. The trail was too hot for our lab. She started laying down to get her feet off the trail dirt. Recommend doing this in the mornings if you plan to bring your pets! Will be back to get to the pillbox, looks pretty cool from the bottom

1 month ago

When I first reached the waterfall, it was more of a trickle; however, I decided to wait for a bit and it steadily increased. Definitely worth the hike down here.

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