Explore the most popular birding trails in Round Top 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.

Heads Up: landslide just occured (21/08/2018 at about 5:30pm) above Manoa Falls in the upper pool section.

This was my very first trail hike a year ago, so I felt very accomplished. Absolutely beautiful scenery.


Amazingly beautiful trail, even the touristy parts up to Manoa Falls were supergreen and pretty. The ridge and rope-y parts were a little scary, don't go alone and definitely do the loop in the counter-clockwise direction. Look forward to lush bamboo forests, lots of roots, some scrambly-stony parts, lotsa mud and a long slow beautiful ridge-walking part. Stunning views of the valley and of Honolulu reward you!

Feel’s like I’m in Jurassic park! Falls are a nice cool down at the top.

5 days ago

Beautiful walk through the rainforest. Feels like your in jarrassic park!

6 days ago

Great first impression of trails on the island. Had a mixture of refreshing rain and sunshine breaking through at various points. Numerous photo opportunities , especially at the end of the trail of a fantastic waterfall. Highly recommend for any skill level, although near the top it can become a little slick for elderly. I have had to help hold a few hands to ensure they see the view.

Little buggy but super fun!

7 days ago

This hike was great. The trail immediately takes you into the wilderness feel. It’s short, but the scenery, especially the large open area at the bridge, is the most beautiful I’ve personally ever seen.

we did this hike in the rain and the waterfall was great! I would not at all call this kid friendly- the top is eroded and required nimble feet and some climbing

9 days ago

Amazing trail that starts out easy but certainly is a little challenging as you get close to the waterfall.
Saw a few people with flip-flops which is not recommended.

10 days ago

You have to park in one of the parking before trailhead on your right, It’s $5 for fee. Trail is in very good conditions except at some points it gets muddy and slippery but not too bad. The day I did there were not a lot of people around but I read that this does get super busy. Such a beautiful place. Took me 25 min to get there and 20 min to get back to parking. Enjoy
Happy hiking

You are in a rainforest. So it will probably rain. Plan on it! $5 to park in the cafe parking lot. There is NO PARKING closer to the trailhead so that parking lot is the best and closest available. Beautiful place!

Nice trail with lots of people. Trail keeps getting wider with all the people getting off the main trail. Pool at the top is roped off but several people were in it. Nice place to cool off the feet. Took about 1.5 hours with multiple stops. I would recommend tennis shoes or better. It is somewhat slippery near the top.

12 days ago

Nice short hike. Beautiful falls and beautiful views along the way. Muddy so wear good hiking shoes. Very very busy hiking trail.

Fantastic trail

14 days ago

Very nice . Make sure you wear good shoes that have a lot of grip. Could get slippery at times.

Nice beginner Trail, a lot of tourists.
Wet near the top, as you approach
the falls.

14 days ago

Easy but beautiful hike. We took our time and a lot of pictures. You're not allowed to go in the water but everyone does. There's a lot of people in the late morning and early afternoon.

15 days ago

Extremely muddy hike today with saturated ground enough to lose a leg about 2 ft. This trail is NOT recommended as the path has been overrun with foliage growth and the heavy rains recently have washed out many of the things you might think were paths.
Plus there are numerous large hog paths throughout the area, some huge prints - Beware!

Well maintained path and area. Park in the area for hikers then meander thru the Makiki Arboretum. There's a nice rest area with tables and good clean bathrooms before entering the trail. Once crossing the stream, go right. It is way more rewarding. Pay attention to signs and eventually you'll be back to the parking area, but not before enjoying the tranquil sounds of the stream and waterfall that follows the trail back for about .5 miles. Enjoy!

A beautiful waterfall is your reward after a nice 30 hike

Easy and short hike to the falls! Views in the park are amazing but it was a bit to crowded, too many other tourists.

Amazing hike! Beautiful views! Refreshing plunge at the end!

It is $5 to park and our gps watch clocked the whole thing in at just under 2 miles. Pretty waterfall.

Beautiful trial. Not busy at all. Be prepared to hike mostly at a incline the entire hike. Rained a little and was muddy.
Great sitting areas along the way. Bring a book and just relax. Enjoy!

25 days ago

Beautiful!!!!!! Rained the entire hike, I love hiking in the rain. Muddy so wear water shoes or hiking boots. Easy hike. Gorgeous trees. Magical waterfall at the end. Took the bus from Oahu. Easy to find. Bring a towel so you can dry off skittle after the hike. Enjoy!!!

Easy hike. Go counter clockwise and get a little cardio in on that first mile. I think it was 3 miles. One hour and 17 minutes at an easy pace.

Easy hike, really beautiful and fun even if it was raining.

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