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By far the best hike I have done so far in Hawaii!!! I will not discourage anyone from doing this hike but please know that there will be some climbing to get to the top of the peaks. I only did two but next time I come back I will finish the trail. It is challenging but worth every step you take.

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muddy
rocky
scramble
12 hours ago

Super fun trail! Be careful about doing it when it’s been rainy because you do need to cross the stream bed several times and go up alongside three waterfalls with ropes. It’s muddy and there is a part where the trail is missing so you need to swing across with ropes. The trail follows the stream bed in along the last few houses in Palolo Valley (trail head is on private property but there is a hand painted sign marking it and warning caution and street side parking) and pipes bringing water from the crater. It can be windy along the rim of the crater but it’s a really neat and very different view! I’ve seen families try to bring kids along for this one but I wouldn’t... it’s pretty long and the last group I saw made it to the base of the third waterfall and was trying to figure the shortest way out. There are a few different paths that crisscross and can cut a little time off.

hiking
muddy
rocky
scramble
15 hours ago

Super fun, super beautiful hike. I had wanted to do this for years, ever since I was a little kid riding over the Pali. It did not disappoint and I’ve gone back several times. Avoid if too wet because it can get muddy and people have been seriously injured. But otherwise it’s a fun few hours. The views from the peaks are fantastic and (most) of the tricker parts have ropes to help.

This was a last minute find and is now one of my favorite hikes. Can be a little tricky if you’re not sure footed. It gets a little slick in some spots. Enjoy!

Terrific hike!

Steep all the way up. I went in February 2018 on a rare sunny day. Gorgeous views of the gorge. The mountain weather changes drastically up top. Wear layers or at least pack prepared. I remember the wind being brutal. I’d love to go back when the flowers are blooming. Interesting history of the mountain too.

very fun trail. it can be very muddy and dangerous. great views and a nice challenge

Google took us to a weird side road so the hike was quicker but was still beautiful!

4 days ago

Awesome but there are sketchy spots and difficult when muddy
Fun though!

backpacking
4 days ago

easy hike with a wonderful ending!!!

Gorgeous hike got lost at the top of the crater. Don’t if you don’t want to go all the way around once you get to the top hang a left of the creek before the crater and it will take you back down.

This was a really great hike very worth it for the views at the top. It is definitely no joke, especially if you complete the crater and don’t take the shortcut after the third waterfall.

Not a fan of the road getting there, but the falls are amazing and totally worth it all.

Hiked on 1/14/19. Super steep. Went up the difficult side which I feel good about because it was harder than heck. The last 1/2 mile was fog fog fog and icy. Not safe conditions doing it alone with out proper equipment. I will definitely hike this again.

hiking
5 days ago

Parking - we had to park about 0.7 miles away on the street. We hit the trailhead at 1pm. We only expected to be able to accomplish 1 peak (we are very experienced hikers but have heard how crazy this hike is and were actually scared to even do it), but ended up doing all 3!! It took us 6 hours from when we left my car to when we got back, we were stuck in the dark on the way back using flashlights on our phone, so start early!!

People hesitate to do the third peak because they see the drop down from the second peak, and it’s sort of an optical illusion. It does look like you drop off the cliff with a rope but don’t worry there are rock edges to put your feet the whole way down. I will say though, coming back from the third peak and back up the second peak was terrifying. You are bouldering, and I saw my life flash a few times. We also saw a trail of blood the whole way back up.

Just getting to the top of the first peak is a grueling hike in itself and has the best views of the hike, so if you’re uneasy I think you should stick to the first and feel accomplished of all of your hard work!

This is my favorite hike on Oahu.
Gona do this one again tomorrow morning!

Great hike, very short and simple to the first 2 peaks. If you’re worried about the 3rd peak, you can see the difficulty going down the 2nd so you can assess right away whether or not you’re comfortable doing it. A note on parking: I would recommend to NOT park on the street. We saw multiple smashed in car windows. We parked at the lot for the park with the washrooms and it was fine. Took us 5hr round trip from there to do the 3 peaks.

Enjoyable

hiking
9 days ago

Admittedly, I only made it a mile in on this hike. It is definitely a more difficult one with inclines the entire way and a technical terrain. I threw in the towel when I got to the steep rock climbing wall with a rope.

Omg this was the most beautiful hike we have ever done! We are casual hikers usually doing 3-4 hour moderate trails. This was challenging for me. I’d say moderate to the waterfalls some rope climbing which I thought was kinda fun. Then the waterfall and ridge came. The 3rd waterfall you climb looks easy from the bottom, and it’s not hard, it’s just a lot longer then you expect like it doesn’t end! Then the ridge towards the top some parts i couldn’t get up without my husband boosting me. It is so slippery!!! Even when it’s dry the lil foot holds you have there is lil pebbly dirt that slips out from underneath you. I’d say you definitely should wear some sort of shoe grip just to make life easy. I had Nike’s. But when we got to the top the view is like 360 all sides all the way out to Honolulu and the opposite coast. So amazing! We had to hurry back so no as much time up there as we liked. But I highly recommend NOT going back down the waterfall, the other ridge was much easier and u can go down on you butt if needed. Lots of roots towards the bottom but I used the trees for balance. We were slow so it was like 7 hours total for us. Views were so worth it!

hiking
11 days ago

Hi There, looking to hike this trail on Tuesday the 8th in the morning if anyone would like to join feel free to message me on Insta chef_stucameron
happy hiking :)

hiking
11 days ago

Went and hiked out to the waterfall with my wife on 4 Jan. Trail was muddy is some spots, but nothing severe. The suspension bridge was fun to cross and I enjoyed the lower view of the fall, which is going strong this time of year.

The hike was short and easy, even with the optional North Loop trail. Boots recommended.

Great Hike !!!

hiking
11 days ago

Beautiful hike! Pretty challenging but so worth it! There are 3 peaks. The first boasts the best views and the 2nd one is nice as well. I didn’t make it to the third as that was far more strenuous and steep and narrow. Would definitely recommend to avid hikers. The views can’t be beat!

Beautiful easy hike. The elevation is gradually and comes on at a steady pace. Took my wife and kids. Ages 5 and 6. My one year old went into my Phil and teds carrier and onto my back. Highly recommended.

Absolutely Beautiful Ending and well worth the time to get there.... Recommended as a good Beginner Trail

We went clockwise around the loop and quickly realized everyone else took the counterclockwise route. It’s definitely do-able clockwise just know that it’s the path less traveled by...and waterfalls are easier to climb up than down. The view from the ridge is breathtaking. Closer to 7 or 8 miles for the entire loop.

13 days ago

planning in doing this hike tomorrow morning if anyone would like to join feel free to message me on Instagram @m.aa.x.x

Great exhausting hike, and well worth it with the views and flowers. Why bother hiking a sidewalk, hike Dog mountain because you'll feel like you've been somewhere and experienced something worthwhile!

Today was a lovely hike. The undergrowth and birds have returned. There were very few other people on the trail which also made it lovely.

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