Looking for a great trail in Ewa Forest Reserve, Oahu? AllTrails has 6 great hiking trails, forest trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Gearing up for a challenge? There are 5 hard trails in Ewa Forest Reserve ranging from 3.7 to 11.7 miles and from 921 to 2,627 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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Just finished the whole trail. I would rate this as difficult! the mud is brutal and I almost cliff dived a couple of times. The view at the top is amazing and made it all worthwhile. almost the entire island can be seen from the top, from Kaneohe bay to pearl harbor. Also I burnt 5000 kcal.

Started midday, looking to get our heart rates up with some great views. We turned back at a little less than halfway on Manana Ridge (a bit after the covered picnic table), but it was perfect for what we wanted today. I definitely intend to do the full trail one of these days! Caution if it's been rainy, as many areas of the trail were red clay and were slick/muddy, even though it hasn't rained in a couple days. The trail is also closed from 2/19/19-2/22/19 (approx.) for some kind of pesticide work.

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10 days ago

Great trail some areas a little crawl but amazing over all and only about 1.75 hour on way

hiking
10 days ago

Great hike. After reading these reviews I was concerned about getting up cardiac hill so I wore a pair of crampons that I've had for a couple of years and never used. They made a world of difference. I never slipped at all. Had no problem climbing up the muddy hill.

Did this with my 3 year old grandson. Up to the point where the trail steeply went down toward the falls, we turned around as it was a little too much for my grandson. Would definitely try this again when we could go all the way to the falls.

Rained the day before and before/during our hike. Waterfall was raging but very cold. Be prepared to get muddy and work your thighs on the hills. Need grippy water shoes to scramble over rocks to reach ropes for swinging into lower pool. Very fun and challenging hike with lots of rainbows!

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muddy
over grown
23 days ago

Did this trail today. Conditions were about as good as I can imagine them being. Hadn’t rained for a couple days so most of the trail was dry. Still some super-soft muddy spots that swallowed my foot. Others that were slippery but only a handful of spots like this.

A lot of people just go half way on this trail and turn back. I would suggest that if you aren’t a really fit and experienced hiker.

The bad: in the last half this trail is for experienced hikers only it’s exposed and while there are ropes I don’t recommend using them. I had one snap and send me hurtling down the slope. There are several (10-15) exposed knife-edge sections that don’t have any room for error. The biggest challenge in these sections and others is that the trail is overgrown and it’s really tuff to know what you’re stepping into. The many roots, stumps, mud holes create a plethora of hazards to send you tumbling off the trail or face-planting. I did both.

The good: If you’re able to navigate the above obstacles and have the endurance to make it to the end of the trail the payoff at the summit is incredible. Views of the east side of the island are spectacular on a clear day.

In hindsight I may have moved a little too quickly through the last section and fell a few times as a result. made it round trip in 4hrs 40mins with several stops for photos and about 20mins at the summit.

I would recommend hiking boots or aggressive trail runners and gloves for the scrambling and breaking falls. Much of the time on the last half was spent on all fours climbing steep sections. Long pants or knee high compression socks are a must as the ferns, vines, small branches and other foliage thrash away at your shins for the last 2.5kms to the summit.

All around this was a great trail with a variety of terrain. I’d recommend it if the sky’s are clear and the trail is dry.

There are a lot of kind of crappy reviews about this trail on here and I typically don’t review trails but this one is one of the best in my opinion as far as ease to getting to the KSRT from this part of the island. Full honesty having hiked much of this island and being an Oahu resident this is a really easy trail compared with many others. Especially one of the easier trails to get to the ksrt.... someone’s coming along and doing a lot of nice maintenance here. I don’t like encouraging tourists to ruin our great hikes but I think this one would certainly be a hike that could get some more traffic on it and maybe let some of our other trails get some reprieve. I would say this is a much safer easier trail than even the Aiea ridge trail which is just a few ridges over. I typically consider extremely hard dangerous trails as those that I would not do in the dark with say a headlamp and this one certainly would not fall into that category. I have done most of this trail back in the dark with a headlamp and it was just fine.

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rocky
scramble
25 days ago

Alright so I would give it a better review if it wasn’t for the fact the waterfall was allllll dried up. To be fair, we visited on a dry winter day in January, but I’ve still never seen a waterfall this dry lol. Easy hike on the way there, need to know where to put your feet or you’ll have an embarrassing (but probably not horrible) fall, on the way back it’s pretty steep and you’ll need a lot of stamina to get up the side of the steep mountain. I’m a fairly athletic body and I didn’t struggle TOO hard, but it did get my heart pumping for sure! In the end, worth the experience, but mildly underwhelming.

Went first time. Trails where dry and easy to find.
Definitely have to come back after rainy days to see epic waterfall.

One of the easier ridge summits I’ve done on this side of the H3. I was the first person on the trail for at least a day because there was a ton of spiderwebs and I took many spider butt strings to the face. Took me 3.5 hours to summit, which is good considering I spent a lot of time doing high kicks and stabbing the air with sticks in an attempt to eliminate the aforementioned butt strings from my immediate vicinity. Aside from the length of the hike, it is what I would consider a moderate hike. Some rope sections, although most of the ropes are pretty decrepit and (therefore thankfully) unnecessary.

very adventurous. nice and cool shaded trail.

very long trail! not one of my favorites but not bad. easily seen trail and there's signs to guide as well! we too our 2 year old along in a carrier! not easy to find parking while busy.

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1 month ago

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.

really good I love it.

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1 month ago

Made an attempt but Whitmore Ave then along to Center St. there's military style fencing blocking the drive. Will have to consult another entry point.

Hard, but worth every bit of sweat!

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muddy
1 month 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.

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1 month ago

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

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1 month 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!).

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1 month 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

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1 month 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.

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1 month 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.

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.

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1 month 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.

The reviews about getting muddy are 100% correct, and it does get steep. Mud + steep = slippery. There was a light rain just before we arrived, and it started to pour when we were down at the falls just as we were finishing up our swimming and such making it especially muddy. It was all worth it though. The jumps and swings at the falls were a blast, and we ended up with a memorable hike. I never really felt unsafe since there were ample trees and rocks to hold on to. Not the easiest hike though. I would definitely recommend taking the recent rainfall, forecast, the tread of your shoes and your fitness level into account.

This is a tough one.

Should be an easy/intermediate trail.

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2 months ago

This should be rated as Difficult if you go till the end of the trail where it terminates at the Koolau Summit.

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