This is a nice, relatively short hike that is very doable for kids. I went with my 3 and 6 years olds, and there were only a few spots where I felt the need to hold their hands. About half way up, it turns into a gorgeous bamboo forest! The wind is usually strong, so the sounds can be a little intimidating, especially for younger kids. But they’ll get used to it quickly.
The last leg starts once you climb a steep portion with steps that leads to a paved service road. Follow it straight up the hill, then curve to the left after the two transmission buildings with graffiti. It’s a bit of a winding path up for less than 5 minutes, and there is a cool little stone section you can sit or stand on to get a gorgeous view of the surrounding peaks!
It has a very isolated and natural feel to it!

Love this little hike! Easy but secluded and peaceful.

Nice tropical rainforest with many exotic plants

Nice and easy small trail. The bamboo forest is beautiful and calm. There's a couple little trails that branch off from the main one, but I'm not sure where they go. The trail leads to a service road with some radio towers. We were told on our hike by another group that there are now cameras on the towers, as well as a padlocked sheet of metal to prevent people from climbing up (as well as no trespassing signs) so I would avoid them altogether. The view from the top is pretty, although a lot of the invasive bamboo is blocking potential view. A group was there to remove some of it, so hopefully in time the view will be reclaimed!

I give this a soft 4 stars only because I am a fiend for bamboo, so that area of the trail helped. It was a bit muddy today and actually this hike was to break in a pair of goretex shoes. Easy hike with the nice views of Honolulu and Diamond Head in some spots. Only drawbacks I can think of are the towers at the top and a few unmarked trails that branch onto the Pu'u Ohia.

7 months ago

Manoa Cliff trail is a great trail but is Not a loop trail. Any way you go after you get to the end T intersection (Kalawahine Trail) goes to the left and right. We took the trail left and ended up higher on the Round Top Rd and had to walk left out of trail onto the road for 2 miles to get back to our car. Best idea if you want a smaller loop is to take Puu Ohia trail to left before the end of Manoa Cliff trail and circle back to the Round Top Rd closer to the parking. Either way you are walking the road unless you turn around and retrace Manoa Cliff trail. Great trail. Beautiful view and tons of great plants and fruiting plants. Highly recommend if you know the loop is not on the trail

7 months ago

Great short beginner's hike. But does anybody know about the side trail that branches off, loops around the top of Tantalus, & then reconnects at the end of Telephone Rd? It's clearly a maintained trail (it even has an unregistered geocache), but we don't see it on any map or in any guidebook. See uploaded photo w/side trail in green.

9 months ago

Trail can be muddy, but the view is totally worth it. I went on a windy day, and the sound of the bamboo rubbing and knocking in the wind was very powerful. Great short trail to see amazing views.

Great hike

It was an easy trail, wth great views..until we heard the warning bark of a wild boar! Be careful on this trail!

11 months ago

Need bug spray.

Monday, March 06, 2017

3/5/2017-Some mosquitoes due to rain night before, but may have hiked in wrong direction because I exited at Kalawahine trailhead. I had to backtrack to Manoa Cliff trailhead parking lot (about 1.5 miles) along Roundtop Drive. (May be part of the All Trails map already and I didn't know?)

Sunday, November 06, 2016

Loved this trail, walking on the side of a cliff, breathtaking views and beautiful Hawaiian plants. It did rain a bit and can get a bit windy.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Trail is pretty easy. I am not in great shape, and completed the trail with little difficulty. The trail has a couple nice views and you pass through a few areas surrounded by bamboo. If you want a easy hike and don't mind driving up some twisting roads this could be the hike for you. But if you don't do this hike I would say you aren't missing much.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Trails open. No more bees. muddy.

Sunday, September 04, 2016

Great nature walk! Lots of cool plants and super peaceful. Ran out of time so didn't finish this one. But it's a good one for a trail run.

Sunday, August 07, 2016

One of many trails on tantalus, you really are on the side of a cliff nearly the whole time. Beautiful views but very windy. Try using a walking stick to maintain balance just to be sure.

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Closed temporarily due to bees

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