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Hiked January 2019,
This was a great trail. It started off a little sketchy just because you have to enter the trail in the back of government property complete with construction workers and warning signs telling you not to enter. There are probably a number of ways to reach the top, but I’m sure if you follow the actual river coming from the water fall you won’t miss it.
It’s pretty dog friendly and off of the beaten path so it makes good for a cool evening stroll.

This is not an easy hike! Several older hikers had to turn back. AllTrails has a tendency to underestimate the hikes. The falls at the top are tall but not too much water. It’s not Yosemite falls. You’re not suppose to go in the small pool at the bottom of the falls. Lots of steps to the top make it strenuous. When it’s flat then it’s easy. Very slippery and muddy because the trail is in shadow.

I hiked this short trail to the waterfall with my 10mo. Old on my back... it is slippery and very muddy if it has been raining (as usual) loved it. Great accomplishment for the kiddos.

Beautiful scenery! We all loved this hike! The light mist was refreshing!

Great short hike. Can be muddy. Recommend waterproof hiking sandals or boots. My 3 year old did fine on this hike.

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.

Well-groomed trail with a nice waterfall at the end. Trail gets a little slick during rain.
Mosquitos weren’t as bad as other reviews lead me to believe.

Great trail for beginners and children! Be prepared to get a little muddy, but the views are great!!! At the waterfall it was crowded when we went but someone had a memorial going on!

Very crowded

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
9 days ago

Easy hike for all ages. Path is covered with crushed rock in several parts so even on a wet day it won't be ridiculously muddy. Plus most of the incline has stairs built in to make it any easier hike. Falls at the end are well worth the quick trip.

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.

Great Hike !!!

hiking
9 days ago

very quick and rewarding hike. it's definitely slick and muddy in some parts so come prepared with the right footwear. It can get crowded at times as well.

Gorgeous views all along the trail and a beautiful waterfall at the end. Not too incredibly challenging but very slippery, overall a very fun experience!

Easy to get off the trail as there’s is many other trails. One trail lead us to a spot where you could see the falls and a beautiful Mountain View. Trail is muddy and good hiking boots are advised. Once at the falls take a dip in the pool below.

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.

on Manoa Falls Trail

11 days ago

Fairly easy hike, very slippery when wet. Prepare for a little rain as you hike up in the mountains. So green and beautiful the whole way up! We hiked on New Year’s Eve and there were many tourists and extra people.

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

Easy, short, scenic hike to the the beautiful falls! Plan ahead for muddy trails with appropriate footwear. The falls and surrounding pool are supposed to be off limits and the water is said to cause some illness, but we saw several people ignoring the signs. Will definitely do this trail again!

Good hike that was great for a 7.5 year old boy

Beautiful and easy hike! I’m a beginner and am not super athletic and I had no trouble at all. If you have time for one hike while in Oahu, this is a great choice!

Lots of families and fellow tourists but people were mostly quiet and very courteous. You’ll often find yourself alone on the trail or can hop off on a side path for some quiet time in nature.

Very muddy nearly the entire trail. However, many points of river crossing to rinse and repeat. The trail head seems to have two access points, both leading through very sticky mud and bamboo forest. Looks as though there are very recent pink trail markings to follow. If you go the way of crossing private government property, you will see construction crews and a road. This will still lead you to the trail, but from a different access point. Waterfall had a nice shallow pool and we luckily arrived at a time when only two other couples were present. However, after 15-20 minutes, approximately 20 people arrived.

hiking
14 days ago

Probably best when enjoyed early in the morning before the masses get there. I felt that we were dodging those on a Sunday stroll when we wanted to get our heart rates up for this hike. We def worked up a good sweat with the humidity, though!

The falls are truly a shared experience and you should expect to see a selfie stick or two.

Do yourself a favor and keep going on the trail above the falls into the bamboo run. On a windy day you get a symphony of haunting clicks as they hit each other while they sway.

Wear your dark or old shoes, expect to get mud on them, but know you can hose them off at the end. Bring a plastic bag to protect your car.

walking
14 days ago

Very muddy! Bring extra shoes and socks for the ride home. We had 7 kids ages 6-12 they all did great! Waterfall was worth it! Enjoy!

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

Easy hike. Falls aren't that impressive. A lot of tourists

We ventured on this trail after a heavy rain so the falls were in full force. Trail was a bit slippery however didn't have any issues in or out

hiking
16 days ago

Heavily trafficked, but everyone was respectful and stood the the side to share the trail. There also plenty of people along the hike that can take your picture if you take theirs as well. :)

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