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Wai'ale Falls Trail [CLOSED]

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Wailuku River State Park

Wai'ale Falls Trail [CLOSED] is a 0.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Hilo, Hawaii, Hawaii that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 0.6 miles Elevation Gain: 85 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

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nature trips

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bird watching

views

waterfall

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It has been reported this trail has a temporary closure due to COVID-19. Please see the park's website for up to date information. A 20 minute hike to a less busy waterfall. Park just past the bridge on the downstream side. Trailhead is on the north side of the stream. Watch the trail closely at times, sometimes taking the route closer to the water is not where you want to be. Eventually trail will open up and you'll be on top of the waterfall that was visible from the bridge. Continue boulder hopping and you can see another small waterfall.

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4 days ago

A nice hike to the top of the falls. Love the guava along the trail, because they were so delicious. Happy hiking!

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3 months ago

Another perfect photo Opp from the bridge, short hike down to the higher falls and perfect swimming hole!

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muddy
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scramble
6 months ago

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6 months ago

Had a great time with our 7 and 10 year old!

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6 months ago

Trails not really accesible anymore. I’m sure it can still be done but you’d definitely have to have the right equipment and a brave attitude!

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Sun Jun 09 2019

More nice views but you can’t get to the falls with going through the river. Maybe next time. Was wearing the wrong gear/stuff.

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Thu Jun 06 2019

Wonderful spot and almost always alone. Bear right through a more overgrown branch at the beginning to find the right trail - otherwise you go directly to the lower pool, and you know that’s not what you want. Beware false branches on the way up but just keep going up and keep the falls left. BE CAREFUL. Great spot to scramble around but you’d be sorry if you went over these falls unintentionally (although you could probably jump off the cliff “safely?”). Look but don’t touch beautiful orchids. Another pretty waterfall cove to look at on the right as you emerge from the woods and there’s a little half cave to hide from the rain, which is daily but not long lasting. 5yo and 9yo did great, but our kids are extra rad.

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muddy
Sun Apr 28 2019

It’s either muddy or walking on the tree roots! And narrow! And near the end it unveils other multiple falls to the right of fall visible from road! Amazing trail!

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Mon Apr 22 2019

Nice trails and nice fall!

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Sat Mar 30 2019

Short easy trail beautiful waterfalls. Well worth the effort

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Tue Mar 26 2019

My app stopped recording! But, I went up beyond the top of the waterfall. There are a lot of rocks to hop on to see some other small waterfalls. The rocks are somewhat slippery. I recommend sturdy shoes. The path itself has some downed trees, lots of roots, pretty muddy, and somewhat overgrown. There are several paths you can choose from but they all seem to lead to the same place.

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Fri Mar 08 2019

Another waterfall, worth doing if you are around I suppose

Sun Jan 13 2019

Short but fun trail. Small swimming hole up top. Cool spot.

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Fri Dec 28 2018

Difficult to locate the trail head and any potentials of a trail are overgrown. Plus the signage, pic uploaded, is quite deterring. The falls can be see from the trail that can be found.

Wed Dec 26 2018

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Tue Dec 18 2018

Trail is difficult to find. The entry is a small rocky hill between the 2 bridges marked with a "no swimming" style sign. Follow the trail down almost to the water, the trail will be up and to the right. It was obscured by some low branches that forced us to take off our packs and just about crawl under. After that, the trail was fun, narrow, and easy to follow. At the top you are rewarded with several 30'+ waterfalls and a large moonscape of rapids/waterfalls that you can explore. Awesome trail!

Sat Aug 18 2018

Amazing. looks like a popular access point for swimming at the base of the falls. Lots of locals at the bridge where everyone parked. you can hike past where the swimming hole is which takes you up to the falls you see from the bridge. if you take overgrown trails to the right off the main path you'll find a smaller set of falls. lovely hike, lots of careful climbing. I could see how someone can surprise you on this trail. A local hiker covered in tribal tats and carrying a backpack crossed paths with me while sitting at the edge of a tidepool. Was a Friendly type.

Tue May 08 2018

The trail is hard to see and is across the street on the far side of the bridge. It's quite bushy and you can find you way ok. It skirts the river and one misstep could put you in the drink.

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Wed Mar 28 2018

The trail is not that accurate. Cross the bridge and park off the road and take the small trail going up the hill towards the waterfall. Do not take the trail going under the bridge

Sat Mar 10 2018

I'm sure this is a beautiful trail, but I also don't want to get abducted while trying to see it. I was about to begin the trail with my mom, when a car pulled over by where I was parked and the two locals inside kindly advised us against it. The man told us that a young man had been abducted in the last few weeks while hiking this trail, and although the views were lovely, that it was the type of area where people could hide and catch you if you weren't well-guarded. He mentioned that a group or burly-looking guy could probably manage, but not two ladies. Shame to be a woman at times like these. Paying it forward - hopefully no one else gets hurt here.

Mon Jan 15 2018

A little muddy and overgrown. Some lookouts aren’t solid ground so look before stepping. Beautiful at the top!

Sun Sep 11 2016

Nice falls ! You just have to park before or after the bridge and you will see the falls. We didn't take the trail to go upper falls but you can see them really well from the bridge !

Tue Aug 23 2016

A little more overgrown, and our day was completely a rain day so it was muddy. But the view is great from the top.

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