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Laie Falls Trail [PRIVATE PROPERTY]

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Laie, Oahu, Hawaii

Laie Falls Trail is a 7.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Laie, Oahu, Hawaii that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is accessible year-round.

Length 7.9 mi Elevation gain 1,883 ft Route type Out & Back

Hiking

Nature trips

Forest

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Bugs

Muddy

Rocky

Private property

No dogs

Description
Waypoints (2)
Contact
Getting There

Please Note: You must get permission from Hawaii Reserves Inc, before accessing this trail: http://www.hawaiireserves.com/pdf/HRI_Hiking_Application.pdf As Poohaili St. bears left walk through (or around) the second gate and continue on dirt road. Continue past taro fields on the left and a green pump house on the right. Go across a cement bridge to a signed intersection with trail. Turn left and up through a yellow gate. Climb along the broad ridge pass a wooden post gate connected to a barbed wire fence. The road follows a fence line then curves left to a junction. Turn right up the eroded path. At an open flat area keep right uphill on a very eroded section of the trail. Continue on trail through a grove of Cook Pines. Descend briefly then climb along the left side of the ridge to a junction. Turn right then descend to a waterfall/swimming hole (Left continues to summit). The waterfall is the turn around point.

Hawaii Reserve, Inc., 55-510 Kamahameha Hwy, Laie, HI 96762 (phone 808-293-9201)

H1 runs east west on the southern part of Oahu. Access H1 and drive east or west to RT 63 North (Likelike Hwy exit 23a). Continue through the Wilson tunnel to the Windward side of the island and bear right onto Kahekili Hwy (RT 83 West). Follow 83 past the Polynesian Cultural Center and Laie Shopping Center on left. Turn left on to Naniloa Loop. Enter a small traffic circle and exit at Poohaili St. Continue along Poohaili past Laie Field on left (recommended parking) through yellow gate and park before second gate where the hike begins.

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Reviews (230)
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Recordings (200)
Completed (544)
Jeramie Jeramie Arend
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Hiking

and this map you see me trying to do upper Laie falls.. I made it about an hour and a half upstream from the falls and I got stuck trying to get above another waterfall in The gulch. there was no way around it might need to backtrack and try and scramble up some vegetation on the side of the hills to find a route up and over... or come down from on top of the ridge line and then drop down into the waterfall system.

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Whitney Bean
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Hiking

Solid trail with diverse landscape across the course of the hike. Park at the community park so you aren’t on private property (plus you can fill your water there!) & it’s an easy walk to the trailhead from there. Try to go on a cooler day or one when trades are blowing as it can get pretty warm at certain points when you are exposed and on red rock. There’s some clambering to get down to the falls—but there’s ropes to hold onto so no problem! Wouldn’t suggest bringing dogs—definitely bring friends to enjoy the waterfall and pools with!

L. Diaz
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Hiking

I recorded 18 miles... bring extra waterrrrr.

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Darby Monsam
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Alexandra Hessin
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HikingBugsMuddyPrivate property

Favorite trail on Oahu. Lots of changes of scenery, some really nice views of the ocean from WAY back in the mountains, a nice deep swimming pool at the falls, lots of flora and fauna, some cool bird sightings, just long enough but not too long

Ellie Toia
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Hiking

long hike for not much but hawaii is still beautiful

Stephen Demos
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This trail is currently closed presumably because of the previous review.

Felicity Williamson
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HikingMuddyOver grownPrivate property

DANGER!!! Pit bulls and wild dogs!!! We had a horrifying experience! We got the permit and there was no mention in the disclaimer we had to sign or from the woman at Hawaii reserves about dangerous dogs!!! We took our friends medium sized dog with us and on the private road met a local who warned us to hike with a stick due to wild dogs. We then passed the house with three huge pit bulls and upon further reading of reviews, these dangerous dogs have bitten hikers before. Luckily they were chained but still within 15 feet growling and barking and pulling on their chains. We did the hike, didn’t quite make the falls due to time and were just coming back to where the trail meets the private road when a huge dog (pit bull/Great Dane cross) comes running toward us in attack mode. Luckily my partner is very tall and challenged him with the huge fence post we’d been carrying the whole hike. He backed off a bit then came at us again but was again threatened away for good. We then had to walk past the 3 pit bulls again and then 300 feet from the car see two loose pit bulls roaming the street. A very kind man in a pick up let us jump in the back of his truck and drove us to our vehicle. One of the worst experiences of my life.

Gregory Seraphin
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Stefan Wajer
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Hiking

Ziemlich weiter Weg. Gute Aussicht und wunderschöne Natur. Die letzten 200m sind ziemlich beschwerlich. Das Ziel ist etwas enttäuschend, aber die Natur auf dem Weg war wunderschön.

Skyeyes Treks
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Excellent trail, wish I had gone to the summit. The Cook Pine stands where incredible as was the falls/pool.

Jonathan Keating
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Michael Coleman
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Steven Caniglia
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Greg Osgood
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MuddyScramble

Went on a rainy morning after breakfast at the Hukilau Cafe. Rainy and wet for most of the hike, but still very enjoyable. There are 2 places where you can take slightly different routes. We went left both times. The easier route is stay right. Took us a leisurely 5 hours to complete.

Karen Koslow
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Pukana Ha’i
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Hiking

Super easy visible trail that would be very hard to get off course. I don’t think the falls is the greatest of falls on Oahu. But... definitely a good one to cross out on the list. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a little longer hike that has a lot of stunning views and ends with a waterfall :)

John Bell
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Hiking

This was a great hike, with several scenic views that ends at beautiful Laie falls. It’s a pretty steady incline hike before you get to the falls(roughly 4 mile). You will need your hand for a short distance if you decide to go to the waterfall. There are also some off trails along the way so beware.

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Lauren Agnew
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Hiking

Great hike. Took <2 hrs to get to the falls. First half of the way is a lot of wide open sections over lava or rock faces which are slippery. The second half is through forests, giving the hike a wide range of changing scenery. The path down to the falls is steep but there’s ropes. Passed a group of 8 casual hikers who said there were no falls. There were definitely falls - just need to keep going. Near the summit and turnoff to the falls, the path starts to get overgrown and appears to run out. I think they gave up and turned around. I didn’t go all the way to the summit because the path was so overgrown and right alongside a steep drop off. Just hung out by the falls, cooled off in the pool, and called it a day

Danny Beiswenger
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HikingMuddy

7/10 - awesome hike and great workout. Some of the coolest trees I’ve seen. Pay attention to the small signs that say Laie Falls Trail to find the trailhead. Definitely some muddy sections but doable with decent shoes in a few hours. Bring plenty of water! Seams like rain forests really suck the sweat out of you. Had a great time and would recommend it in a heartbeat.

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