Explore the most popular waterfall trails in Honolulu Watershed 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

Super fun my two German Shepherds loved it!! Definitely doing this hike again.

It was a little tricky in the beginning because of the construction, you go through a bamboo forest and it will hit what looks like a service road, follow that road don’t go to left stay on the wide gravel path. Eventually it will turn into a muddy mess that you just keep going through, keep and eye out for the pink markers along the way. An open area before you hit the river. Then there are a few river crossings. And your there.

How can you argue with a beautiful waterfall?

Great views but muddy, bring a change of clothes. A snack, water, and a walking stick, and gloves will come in handy. This is not an easy trail, but not extremely hard either. But the view was worth it!!

6/17/2018-Started around 0700 and encountered 23 groups/solo hikers. (Most of them we’re on their way in while we were on our way out.) The path has been improved in some sections since the last time we hiked out here (new concrete was poured) and overall weather was good. (Albeit not sunny, but overcast with a breeze.) There were a few semi-muddy sections but those were easy to navigate.

Amazing hike. I’m not here long, so I don’t redo hikes, but I’d do this one again. No really steep spots, but some boulders you have to climb closer to the waterfall.

The first half, through the bamboo forest, could be hard to find your way back thru. It helped me to look back and see where I came from every time I came to a fork. It’s pretty muddy to the stone bridge.

The second half is less muddy. I got lost immediately and ended up climbing the ridge to the right...which ended abruptly after about a half mile of going straight up. It’s actually really easy to stay on track all the way to the falls through this half if you stick to the river; I felt like the right/east (on the right going upriver) side was easy to follow both in and out.

Great hike. Not too long, not too steep, but plenty of vibrant forest and birds chirping you onward.

Awesome trail. Really muddy, which I am sure are the usual circumstances regarding this hike. You don’t need to go through the tunnel; to the left there is a path around.

Keep a lookout for some old aircraft parts.


Really awesome trail through some dense bamboo forests and lush rainforest. The path does get pretty muddy in some areas with multiple stream crossing and some rock hopping. Overall was a pretty easy to moderate hike. Portions on the trail are marked with pink tape hanging on trees and branches to follow along with obvious footpaths for the most part. ( there were a few moments on uncertainty lol but that added to adventure of finding the falls at the end) The waterfall itself is absolutely stunning with a little pool at the bottom to dip in although it can be pretty chilly. Highly recommend.

Stumbled upon the ruins while hiking to Lulumahu Falls, cool trail through some think bamboo forest, very peaceful and tranquil. Definitely recommend especially since you can go by the ruins and waterfall in one trip.

follow the signs, there's some construction where the path normally is, making it a little muddier. beautiful waterfall and hike

this is a fabulous hike but it is currently under construction and takes you through a very muddy forest trek as a detour. this path is not marked well and while there is an easy way to do this hike, there are many trails that are difficult that lead through craziness. fun craziness but still crazy and VERY muddy!

use the alltrails gps to track where you are going if its your first time or unsure. We were fortunate to go in with people who had been there so they helped guide us and over water areas. Wear good shoes but be prepared to get knee deep wet in some areas. You are trecking through a beautiful bamboo forest. Bug repellent will help. This hike is not really hard but I'd agree with the moderate because of the water works you are going through. The falls are amazing and did not disappoint!

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

The waterfall is very beautiful! People aren't kidding when they say it's muddy. Be aware of that.
It is well worth it though. Take your time and don't be afraid of shortcuts to avoid the mud.
Be sure to always walk near the water if you want the reach the waterfall.

Nice waterfall. It was raining so it was pretty muddy.

It’s an awesome trail that quickly takes you away into the thick Hawaiian jungle to get lost.

We had a hard time finding it, but if you park right off the Pali walk down the road that’s next to the parking lot, follow it down through the tunnel of trees. When the road bends, there will be an opening on the left. You can’t see the sign it’s in the bushes. After your on the trail a minute, take a left at the first fork it goes up slightly. After another 5-10 minutes there will be another fork. Left again and it will be shortly after that. Be mindful, don’t touch or stand on structures. It’s a historic site. Be respectful and remember it’s a quiet area.

Such a fun adventure! This hike can get muddy but so worth it!
Tons of little side trails to add to the adventure. The falls were beautiful and worth every bit. Unexpectedly found King Kamehameha III summer place. What a find! So glad we did this one.


Loved it! Pretty sure you can take the marked way with the actual hiker man sign. We ended up going left from when you enter the trail, to the right of us was a bamboo forest and then you reach a “government gate no trespassing” very easy to follow the gate until it’s open (we went right ) but it seems to meet up with the “normal” trail anyway. Very muddy must wear water shoes. You are able to bathe/swim in the bottom of the falls

Amazing and hard hike, unfortunately no view on the top. We lost our camera on the way to the top (counterclockwise route). The camera is a Panasonic Lumix. If found, please call: (808)-224-6158.

fairly easy hike to the waterfall, all be it wet and muddy. Many different routes to take, I went left from the parking lot. about 2 hours out and back.

Beautiful views of the creek and waterfall, also interesting changes in vegetation along the way. We got lost a couple of times and my less athletic friends and family found this trail difficult. Trail veers off many times and often hard to tell which way to go. Ultimately following the creek up and it will eventually lead you to the falls.

Beautiful hike, muddy and wet but worth it

Fun hike to do in the rain. Once we got to the top of the waterfall, we headed back out. No need for us to take the much more difficult route to get to the bottom. We enjoyed the adventure overall and it was very manageable. We had an 11 year old and 5 year old hiking with us as well.

After reading all the reviews we decided to wear water shoes for this hike...and so glad we did! The parking lot was littered with peoples destroyed shoes and hiking boots. Since we had water shoes on, we were able to embrace the mud and walk in the stream (which is required at some points). We really loved this hike! It was beautiful and unique. A little hard to find to find the trail head at first but just keep referring to the app map and you'll get on track. Definitely do this one!

Great hike. Getting more popular with heavier traffic. Beautiful waterfall and worth the short hike.

1 month ago

Very fun and the waterfall is definitely worth it! Be prepared to get muddy and wet. The kids loved it though, even my one year old who rode in a hiking baby backpack. The kids could swim in the pool of the falls and baby could wade in the water. Make sure to bring a friend!

We have been a few times and loved it! They recently put up huge fences and signs to keep out. I'm sure you can find your way around but we weren't willing to risk it!

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