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one of the best hikes of my life. best of all worlds: waterfalls, crater, summit, creek bed, and everything in between.

hiking
1 day ago

8/18/2018-Definitely one of the muddier and more humid visits to this trail. We started around 0735 and crossed paths with 20 groups/solo hikers. There were a handful of large groups with kids in tow on our way out so it seems like the popular time to go hiking is around 0900. The waterfall was nice and the mud slowed us down quite a bit but well worth the exercise!

Definitely a chill hike, play in the mud on the way up and wash it off in the falls as you swim in some amazing pools!

Great trail. Great pool below falls with some good jumping into water from 10-50 ft elevations for daring. Muddy. This is not a trail for flip flops or tennis shoes, should really use hiking shoes....Dozens of blown out flip flops on trail. A nice 3 hr - 4 hr round trip with time at falls and pool. Very muddy ... not too buggy but you will get bit by a few mosquitos.

Gorgeous waterfall/ pond to swim in. Muddy hike that was a little tough to follow at times. Shady. Not child friendly.

Attendez vous a devoir vous accrocher tout le long du trail et passer par de multiples états d’esprits, ce trail est long et difficile mais quelle expérience ! Très boueux très glissant, la partie d’escalade sur les chutes d’eau était assez éprouvante et glissante (j’ai de beaux bleus qui en témoignent) mais une fois cette étape passée vous arrivez au cratère et la vue est à couper le souffle ! Le trail est jalonné de vues magnifiques sur la vallée et de passages aux pieds des cascades on ne s’ennuie pas une seule seconde et on se rappelle pourquoi on est venu ici malgré quelques difficultés... Attention au premier Y un arbre est tombé sur le chemin et on a du mal à le trouver. Ne prenez pas le tracé vert à vautre gauche sinon vous allez passer par le retour et prendre le trail à l’envers! Arrivés au niveau du cratère il est possible d’écourter le chemin en coupant sur la crête du cratère située à vautre gauche qui rejoindra directement le chemin du retour

on Makaua Falls Trail

3 days ago

Love this trail so close to home, not as any best to go after rain not really as there was a lady who died recently from a rock slide, use common sense. do it with love feel the mana don't do it for the gram.

Prepare to walk through water more thanks once to get to the beautiful water fall. So worth it.

Probably my favorite hike on the island. There is a back trail that bypasses the falls on the way down-it's much faster and safer than climbing down the falls. If you do the full loop going counterclockwise look for the turnoff on the right as you reapproach the final falls. It may not be accurate, but my gps always comes in around 8 miles after going from the parking lot, up the falls, around the crater, and down the back way.

A moderately easy trail with an awesome waterfall and swimming hole at the end.

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 .

Very much interested! Who’s down? @hgonzo7

Make sure you bring bug spray and panchos. Its really muddy

got a little lost going up, but if you follow the creek you will be fine. beautiful waterfall at the end with an ice cold water hole to swim in. Be careful of flooding a lot of people died.

Muddy trail most days. Pools of mud if it has recently rained- but then falls are great! Prepare to mess hiking shoes big time. Barefoot may be way to go! Saw many morons with flip flops on. Lots of roots along most of trail. Hiking stick helpful due to mud. You have to cross over large stream a few times. Enjoyed this trail especially after a heavy rain- lots of fun and falls were great.

This is one of my favorite quickies. An excellent workout (1700’ elevation gain in the first .3 miles) with some unique views of Kuliouou and ‘Aina Haina.

Parking:
Park along the road before the trailhead in a respectful location. Residential parking manners apply.

Hike:
Before the trailhead, follow the paved road down and turn to the left. Just before the substation, you’ll see a trail to the right that instantly climbs into the trees.

If you get a little lost in the ironwoods, just look for a slightly worn path in the needles. Pink ribbons are visible all along the way. There are plenty of ropes for the slope scrambles near the top.

Difficulty:
This is probably not a good hike for dogs or children.

Ratings:
Payoff: 9/10
Intensity: 9/10
Risk: 7/10
Wayfinding: 7/10

Warning: deep woods off is not enough this is the most mosquito infested trail I have ever hiked but is 100% worth it. 100% Deet spray will work excellently though so as long as you use it you are good. Hiking/walking sticks are also helpful to navigate through the mud. It is just a gorgeous trail even by Hawaii standards and I know because I Live here. (I moved here largely for the great hiking). I live about 15 minutes away and if you want to join me on a trail sometime my email is justindavidsands@gmail.com.

hiking
18 days ago

Nice little hike, not much elevation gain. The highlight is the waterfall at the end. If you're down, wear a swimsuit - there are a few places that you can jump off of into the pool of water. The lowest is off the fall, the middle is to the right where the rope is, the highest one is on the left (you have to make your way up the trail).

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

Parking:
Park along the western side of Tantalus Drive near the Kalawahine trailhead.

Hike:
From the Kalawahine trailhead, hike 1.2 miles (ignore the two Manoa Cliff Trail forks to the right) until you reach Pauoa Flatts. Take a left and follow along the boardwalk through the forest (ignore the Nu’uanu Trail that forks to the left) until you reach a fork. Take the left fork and continue uphill to Nu’uanu lookout. From the lookout, there are two trails. Take the one to the right to continue to K2.

A short distance along this section the trail forks. The right fork leads to the peak trail; the left fork continues around the west side of the mountain as a cliff trail. I highly recommend the left fork as the peak trail is overgrown and far more physically demanding.

There are some stunning views along the cliff trail: Nu’uanu Lookout, Kapalama Ridge, the Pali Pass, Upper Manoa Valley and far across the Ko’olaus when the skies are clear. You also get an upper-deck view of Lulumahu Falls and a gorgeous two-stage waterfall (which appears to be accessible via a side trail) near the headwaters of Nu’uanu Stream. The top 20% is always sloppy muddy. Near the peak, there are tons of convenient mud ‘stairs’ and deep trail ditches to keep you safe from falls. The view is often socked in by cloud cover, but K2 is a rewarding hike nonetheless.

Duration:
This hike should take between 4.5-5 hours.

Difficulty:
I would put this hike on the lower side of Hard (probably more accurately Upper-Upper Moderate by Oahu standards). The drops as you hug the mountainside are a little intimidating, but not too bad. The climb to the peak is pretty physical, and the span between some ‘stairs’ seems to favor those with longer legs.

Ratings:
Payoff: 7.5/10
Intensity: 9/10
Risk: 7.5/10
Wayfinding: 8/10

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.

I’ve hiked Maunawili many times, it’s one of my top hikes on Oahu. It’s useless to try avoiding the muddy terrain on this hike, so I’d recommend bringing old shoes you don’t care about. I’ve actually done the hike shoeless a few times. I wouldn’t recommend it without tough feet, but when the trail is very wet, this is the best option. The waterfall at the end is usually packed with tourists later in the day, which is the biggest letdown after hiking. The hike would be better if people didn’t regard the waterfall ledge as a seating area. It makes the already dangerous act of climbing (to continue up river) even more dangerous by dodging observers. By all means, climb up and jump in the first pool, just please don’t sit there and block people.

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

The hike opens up nature's breath of the wild with oxygen levels extremely high as you venture towards the top. This hike is also doable barefoot going up and down the hike. I recommend bringing a high powered flashlight and some hiking boots of you're planning to reach the top at 6:45pm-7:30pm because it starts to get dark around 6pm and gets pitch black dark hiking your way back down the trail. My all time favorite hike on O'ahu so far

Try hiking along the Koolau Summit esp between Poamoho and Laie and it will give you a new meaning to mud.

on Makaua Falls Trail

hiking
27 days ago

This trail gave me such a thrill! I really enjoyed it!

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.

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