Explore the most popular hiking 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.

Tired of the monotony of getting dirty and having near death experiences trying to reach some jaw dropping view? This peaceful and beautiful walk through the woods can help break that up. Sadly there was not as much garbage to pick up as I'm used to, until detouring over to the 'Ualaka'a loop, where people seem to find it a more suitable environment to leave their trash behind. Say hello to the cats and chickens living in harmony in the parking lot.

If it's raining or wet, think twice about going around the crater ridge unless you have cleats and rope. Mildly treacherous mud climbing and sliding will ensue. A light amount of rain had all of the falls raging, making the third one impossible to cross the standard way, instead requiring dangerous and fun mountain goat gymnastics up both sides to make it to the top. At that point you can go left to find the exit route, or go right and try to hurt yourself. Results after 6 hours: bruised, cut, sore, mud covered, smiling.

As always, please continue leaving as much of your trash on the trail as possible, it gives me great satisfaction to collect it.

Fairly easy hike up. It was a little muddy and a bit slippery but still fairly easy. The waterfall at the end it was amazing I spent 20 minutes taking a cold bath in the pool beneath the waterfall. Only reason this is not five star review is because it was extremely crowded probably saw close to 100 people on the trail with the majority of them congregated at the waterfall

2 days ago

It was ok. There was a chance to go through a creek and interesting to see the different types of tree.

2 days ago

It’s an easy hike but definitely busy and slippery. Wear proper shoes.

2 days ago

It’s a beautiful hike! The waterfall is gorgeous and the stream can be heard throughout the hike!

However, it’s muddy and can be very slippery so wear good shoes!

Great hike! Definitely agree with some of the reviewers that rec. to go right to start with the steep uphill climb. At the top before going down definitely rec. to take the Moleka Trail. It’s a great out and back trail through a bamboo forest.

Very easy hike with beautiful scenery. I went on a Monday when it was pouring which made it not so crowded.

7 days ago

A very easy and relaxing hike.

Holy cow this thing is hard, first and second waterfalls are what one normally expects, but third is almost rock climbing followed by a climb along a ridge with winds threatening to blow you off, do not attempt of its raining! All that said, beautiful trail, amazing sights, and the view from the peak! Definitely do this hike if you can handle it!

Best hike on the island - tons of mud and tons of fun - if you are old and slow and take lots of videos and it is rainy - plan on a 10 hour hike

Pretty comfy trail. Very muddy after rain

9 days ago

Fun hike, my 4 year old daughter really enjoyed it.

Easy trail. Some slippery rocks. Waterfall at the end was beautiful.

10 days ago

Very beautiful waterfall at the end but so crowded with tourists it was hard to get good photos. The actual hike is less of a hike and more of a walk, with beautiful views of towering trees and lush forest. It can be pretty muddy but nothing compared to actual hiking trails on the island - the only difficult part of this trail is having to avoid bumping into people on the narrower parts. Often you have to stop and wait for people to pass you. Overall worth it as a fun little outing during the morning or afternoon, good for all ages.

To start off, believe the reviews. We thought reviews were exaggerating that a 5 mile hike would take such a long time. THEY WERE RIGHT. After about 6 hours, covered head to toe in mud, this hike was definitely one to remember.

The start of the hike is right behind a set of mailboxes on the street Google Maps leads you to, easy to spot. You descend deep into the jungle-like forest and begin walking along a stream bed. Markers lead in both directions and I have yet to discover if they brought you along slightly different paths or if all ways led to Rome, but I'm going with the latter. We stuck to the right side since we read that that one contained the waterfalls. TIP: Remember this part of the trail. On the way back, we ran into a couple who had been lost for an hour trying to get out. Luckily my boyfriend has a great memory and led us all out, but it can get awful confusing since the markers are scattered.

After about an hour of going up/down, the gradient pretty flar, following a thick water pipe and its rusty, corroded predecessor (#tetanus), we reached the first waterfall. Climbing up it was fairly easy. I tend to avoid ropes as much as possible since you can't tell how long they've been up there, but the majority looked secure (safe for one highly sketchy orange one). The second waterfall came shortly after and it was even more beautiful. The third waterfall was a series of smaller falls that lead you up the mountain until you reach the crater opening. You use a series of ropes for 0.25 miles to walk up them.

Once you get to the crater, it resembles a typical ridgeline trail. Pine trees at the beginning, then quickly shifting to open area and lots of mud. LOTS. You'll continue to head upwards to the highest peak, and then loop back along the ridge. Beautiful view. Unfortunately for us, as soon as we reached the ridge, it began to rain, hard. We pushed on to get to the peak, but once at the peak, quickly turned back. The mud was extremely slippery and we did the majority of the open ridgeline sliding down on our butts / as low to the ground as possible. I wouldn't recommend doing this part of the hike in the rain to any unexperienced or nervous hikers. It was very nerve-wracking. We went slow and steady, sneakers slipping every few feet. There wasn't much to hold on to except the mud below us, hence the butt sliding. Once we reached the forest covering, we got to the waterfalls, and it took us just as long, if not longer, to get down, since the rocks were all super slippery from the rain. I read that the way down on the other side of the loop is easier.

Once done with the falls, we were ready to exit the hike, but still had another hour of mud to trek through. At this point, we walked straight through every stream and mud puddle, no longer slightly concerned by the mud on our faces and fact that it had soaked into our underwear. We brought enough water but definitely not enough food (only 2 Clif bars for 6 hours of strenuous hiking, silly mistake) so we were getting a little tired. By the time we finished, we were incredibly satisfied, but vowed not to look at mud for another 24 hours.

Then came figuring out how to get into the rental car with as little damage as possible.

All in all, great hike, pretty easy to follow, not overly strenuous on a sunny day but twice as hard (and dangerous) on a rainy one. Bring extra food and water, I promise you won't regret it,

16 days ago

Hiked the trail this morning at 10 AM. Some muddy spots and slippery rocks but still an easy trail. And still fairly crowded. The waterfall is always a nice reward! Don’t wear flip-flops.

19 days ago

A significant number of rocks to negotiate that are slippery and the trail was muddy in many areas. A good walking stick would help and expect a large crowd.

Tons of tourists with bad hiking manners. Tons of slippery rocks. Lots of mud. Bring an umbrella. Falls were pretty though.

Easy. Great for all ages. Lots of tourists so go early.

Beautiful, yet difficult hike. Not recommended for children or the faint of heart. Doable for athletic teenagers and adults. Beautiful views and waterfalls, but steep ridges and lots of scrambling required. Bring bug spray and lots of water. Totally worth it!

22 days ago

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22 days ago

Such a beautiful hike !

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24 days ago

Very easy hike. Absolutely beautiful foliage.

Very crowded trail, for a waterfall that is only ok by Hawaiian standards. Can’t really swim in the pool or stand under the falls. And had to pay $5 for parking. If this trail were almost anywhere else in the world it would get 4 or 5 stars, but there are so many nearby better hikes with better views and better falls. Don’t waste your time with this one - unless you need a hike that you can bring grandma on.

I am in decent shape and this trail kicked my butt. Definitely not for the out of shape or faint of heart - although I personally do have a fear of heights but was still able to finish. Climbing up the third waterfall was great fun, not technically challenging but long and got strenuous by the end. The crater rim is steep and muddy and by far the most difficult and dangerous part of this hike. There are helpful ropes in many spots - but there are also several spots that could have used a rope but didn’t have one. Took about 6 hours round trip, including a couple short breaks.

To find this trail, you need to walk all the way up Manaiki Pl. When you reach the end of the street, look for a white mailbox to your right. Take the stairs right next to the mailbox. While it looks like the stairs to someone's home, continue on until the stairs become a trail. You will know you're on the right track when you reach a grafitti- covered concrete water tank. The ridgeline trail end when you reach a breezy cluster of pine trees, despite the GPS map saying you are only halfway. Enjoy!

Amazing hike, but must be physically fit to take on. 3rd waterfall is a series of rope climbs and so by the time you make it to the crater your body is getting fatigued. Absolutely stunning stunning hike, really beautiful.

28 days ago

Beautiful hike from start to finish. Highly recommend. It wasn't as crowded as some other hikes which made it nice too.

Nice shady trail. The whole hike is shaded and beautiful, like a jungle. Waterfall was beautiful and you can get right up close to it. Many people were swimming. We biked to the trail head from Waikiki Beach area and walking on the trail was not a problem after biking the 6 miles (mainly uphill and in traffic) up there.

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