Explore the most popular wildlife trails in Ewa Forest Reserve with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

2 days ago

Cliff jumping, rope swinging, lounging. Kinda busy but super fun and good people watching. Real real pretty.

This short trail it’s a good family hike with kids, and at the end they can jump in the pools by the waterfall. The 1st mile it’s very easy, basically flat walking until you get to the junction with Manana Trail. Here you take right and start descending, and yes you get to the famous Cardiac Hill which gets a little steep and covered with roots. This section it’s a little bit harder coming back from the falls, but if take it easy and steady you will be over it in no time.
Best to visit weekdays, weekends can get very crowded (that is the reason I don’t go to often here). Summer time water gets little stagnanat, I prefer to go after rain to see more flow.

hiking
12 days ago

This hike is not moderate, in my opinion. It is easy at the beginning with the first 1.6 miles then it is a sheer rock scramble for 0.8 miles. It is very muddy, but totally worth it once you get to the waterfall. The top waterfall requires a rope repelling descent, Which was scary enough that some 30-year-old men didn’t feel comfortable doing it. The waterfall itself is beautiful there’s a large pool right underneath it and then it goes into a secondary waterfall which is smaller but the pool is very large and deep enough for cliff jumping. There are also two rope swings there. Gorgeous. Also longer than expected...It looks like the original 2.8 mile loop was wiped out by a mudslide the roots in is 2.2 miles and then you reverse it coming out for a total of 4.4 miles. Enjoy!

hiking
16 days ago

I did this hike by myself about a week ago and didn't know how seriously to take the other reviews. I will verify, the hike was very very muddy, prepare to be dirty, and had very steep inclines and declines. I know there are multiple ways to get to the falls but for someone alone trying to decide which way to go, that was definitely a challenge. Thankfully it is well traveled and I had a couple people direct me and there were colored plastic markers to follow. I wouldn't call it well marked otherwise, be ready to retrace your steps and and climb around until you find the falls.

The falls are beautiful, nothing crazy big but so much fun to listen to, climb around, jump off of, and swim in the big pool at the bottom of the third fall. Wear your suit under you clothes and bring a towel. With it being so short I don't think you need an extra pair of clothes, getting out is much faster than getting in, in my opinion.

I probably wouldn't want to bring any small children because the parts where you need to carry them are also very slippery and it would be very dangerous to fall while holding a child.

Overall, I think all levels of fitness could do this hike but it will take you a lot longer the more out of shape you are. If your body is up for it, the root climbing and steep, short hills just ad to the fun! I had a lot of fun, probably wouldn't do it alone again but will be bringing people to in the future.

hiking
20 days ago

According to alltrails logged recordings, the number one most recorded is Koko Crater stairs at 992.
2. Diamond ‘Leahi’ Head- 880
3. Manoa Falls- 762
4. Kuli’ou’ou Ridge State Trail- 582
5. Aiea Loop State Trail- 565
6. Lulumahu Falls - 560
7. Makapu’u Point Lighthouse- 550
8. Maunawili Falls - 502
9. Kaiwa Pillbox - 500
10. Waimano Falls- 405

keep right and look for the pink ribbons that guide you through the trail! The waterfalls are beautiful, with clear water and two ropes to swing into the water.

Super awesome Hike! Great waterfall to swim in with 2 rope swings!

It was extremely muddy and slippery...There is rope climbing, rock climbing, a pathetic waterfall and pools at the end...The waterfall looked more like a stream of water from somewhere and not like the rest of the waterfalls on this island. I wouldnt take my kids but many people do. If you're looking for a lot of adventure or a challenge, then this is definitely the hike for you...If you're looking for something easy and not too difficult then stay away from this one. This is a harder moderate hike.

The waterfall was more like a stream not impressed but it was cool to walk through the deep forest.

hiking
1 month ago

This trail was beautiful, but don't be fooled into thinking this is an easy hike! The first half was very basic, the second half gets harder and harder until you are abseiling down a rock with nothing but an old rope to hold on to! For 4 fit women in our 20s, this was definitely on the more extreme side of moderate.

Bring your bathing suit, a towel, a change of clothes, the will to live, HIKING BOOTS (trainers will get very muddy and wet), snacks and water. You will be crawling up bare exposed tree roots using your hands and knees, we had to sit down and slide down a few sections. Definitely don't wear good clothing and continue to pray to Jesus or your preferred God throughout the hike that you won't need to be lifted out by a helicopter at the bottom.

Enjoy the scenery. Stop between the screams of pain you will be making and have a look at some of the beautiful views. I thought I was going to need to set up camp and live at the bottom because the idea of hiking back up made me want to cry, but you will feel very accomplished when you finish this!

Parking was easy but the whole street was taken, residents put cones on the road so you can't park in front of some of their houses, but it is nothing major.

If you are up for a real challenge definitely give this a go, especially if you don't want to be able to walk the next day.

on Poamoho Ridge Trail

1 month ago

The best hiking trail ever!!! Well maintained. Beautiful and absolutely stunning views. Well worth the 7 hours it took us to complete... including the 45minute drive time Just to get to the trailhead...4X4 (highly recommended)

Love this hike! It’s a steep, enjoyably challenging track down and the bottom is such a treat! There’s a gorgeous waterfall to swim under that trickles down to another small waterfall that’s about a hot tub sized natural pool area and that trickles down to another fall with a deep swimming area with big ropes to climb and swing off as well as multiple points on every side with areas (marked with a white patch of spray paint) where you can jump off. The climbs to the jumping points range from easy to medium to hard. I had a great time with my boyfriend and family.

The trek up was pretty rough. I personally enjoyed it because I love strenuous hikes (something about it leaves this giant grin on my face, even when it’s a struggle) but my boyfriend’s sister was in hell, cussing up a storm. I saw multiple children on the way and it is doable with kids but I imagine it’d take some time due to some large steps and occasional moments when you need to use a rope to climb up/down.

10/10 will go back and advise you to JUST DO IT!!! I promise it’s worth it.

would call this a moderately difficult hike. good variety of scenery and lots of up and downs but a somewhat aniticlimatic assent to the summit. there wasn't a single place the ropes we're necessary. biggest challenges were mud and ferns. would advise long pants but I did fine in running shies. overall enjoyable with a nice view on a clear day.. finished in 7:15

not a bad bike a few hills but nothing too crazy

Loved it! Ensure you wear good hiking shoes and be ready to get muddy...especially if you went on a day where it rained like I did!
Once you get close to the falls ensure you go LEFT...don’t go right, takes you to the bottom and it’s a 1/4 mile of cuteness but not the falls.

Give yourself plenty of time, don’t recommend going after 3pm.

hiking
1 month ago

mud mud mud mud mud mud mud mud and more mud

Amazing waterfall! Pretty difficult hike due to slippery pathways but definitely worth the hike!

hiking
1 month ago

We really enjoyed this hike. The full trail is probably closer to 7 miles. We turned around at 3 miles (from the beginning, not the split to the falls).

A challenging hike for a family with young adventurers, but we saw many!
The beautiful waterfall and a swim in the pools made it all worth it. Very pretty.
Recommend good shoes for hike.

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked today 4/22 at 9am. Street parking was easy and safe. Expect mud and to get your shoes and shorts muddy. The trail comes to a y as your start to decent towards the water. If you go right, You'll end up downstream and will have to hike up 1/4 mile to the falls. We jumped off the lower pool cliff into a 10ft pool. Upper falls was beautiful! We joined two other parties during the hike and had fun. Mahalo.

The trail was muddy but we went the day after a good rain.. I thought it made it a lot more fun! You’ll want to pack swim wear, it also has a rope to swing off and jump in at the falls! Nice hike in, have a nice picnic and head out with plenty of day light. Will definitely do it again on my next visit to the island.

Watch out for broken glass! the start is nice and easy but there is a lot of broken glass, so watch you fur babies. Definitely in the harder side of moderate but I really enjoyed it!

Very muddy when we went, so it felt pretty dangerous and scary at times. But so worth it once you make it to the waterfall and swim in the water!! Easier coming back than going down. 100% recommend, would wear hiking shoes and bring bathing suit!

hiking
2 months ago

A fun hike that is well marked, easy to follow and gradually builds until the top. Decent elevation for sightseeing for those looking to get good views and gradual enough to trail run or bring the dogs. For those not looking to do a difficult trail, but still wanting the feel and great views of the Hawaiian rainforest, this hike is an excellent choice.

I went late March after some rain. Incredible hike. Falls, swimming hole, and cliff jumping were great though- so awesome. I’ll tell you parts of this, going down more so than up imo, are very hard though. Very steep parts and slippery. I did about 6 hikes in Oahu and this was my favorite.

hiking
2 months ago

Good hike but very muddy and steep. Do not attempt without hiking boots/shoes. At some points, there are ropes to help you. Honestly, I found the ropes more helpful going down than up.

Nice short hike to a pretty cool swimming hole.
Bug spray and towel because you’ll want to jump in after a humid, dry hike.

trail running
2 months ago

Lit fam

on Waimano Falls Trail

2 months ago

My husband and I did this hike last week after several days of light rain. I used the Google maps for the direction to get to the start of the trail which is through a neighborhood. I saw several construction cones on the street which I assume are from the residents to save their parking spot so be respectful of those. The trail started very easy but later few parts of the trail were very muddy so be sure to wear shoes you don’t mind getting dirty. The water fall at the end was totally worth it though!

We were here today with our 4 and 6 year old Girls and it was hard. For hiking the trail with kids i‘d like to recommend the age of the kids with 6 or older. The waterfall was much fun.

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