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Waimano Falls Trail

MODERATE 599 reviews
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Waimano Falls Trail is a 4.5 kilometer heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Pearl City, 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.

DISTANCE
4.5 km
ELEVATION GAIN
235 m
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

hiking

nature trips

forest

partially paved

river

views

waterfall

muddy

rocky

scramble

It’s a steep, enjoyably challenging track down and the bottom is such a treat! There’s a gorgeous waterfall that trickles down to another small waterfall that’s about a hot tub sized natural pool area and that trickles down to another fall with a deep pool with big ropes as well as multiple points on every side with areas (marked with a white patch of spray paint) where you can jump off. The climbs to the jumping points range from easy to medium to hard. Swim and jump at your own risk.

muddy
rocky
1 day ago

This hike was such an adventure! The elevation isn't terrible - giving it a moderate rating I'd say is accurate. However, the terrain is quite challenging. A large portion of the trail is large boulders to climb over. Many large roots to navigate as well. I recommend good hiking shoes or boots. The trail is marked with survey ribbon. At the fork, go left to go directly to the falls or right to go down stream. It's connected so you'll end up at the falls either way. Overall the trail is worth the work!

hiking
6 days ago

Fun but much more strenuous than a moderate hike if you want to make it to the waterfalls and back.

7 days ago

Not worth the trek.

hiking
muddy
rocky
7 days ago

Very peaceful and beautiful hike. I was the only one on the trail for two hours before I ran into a group heading towards the falls as I was leaving. Although the trail was muddy and slow going, it was a fun hike. There were points on the trail where it was somewhat difficult to know which was the true trail and what was a new trail made by someone else. Did have to backtrack a few times. I would definitely recommend to use trekking poles or a good sturdy stick to help you along the trail and maybe go with one other. Overall a fun adventurous hike.

hiking
16 days ago

Feb 2019 - great hike, good workout. 1.5 hrs out, 45 min back (uphill return went faster than downhill first leg). No bugs, partial sunshine but good shade keeps you cool. Beautiful serene falls with rope swings to pools of fresh water. Descent to falls can be tricky towards the end if muddy day, but not too tough. Definitey worth it!

Note: there are 2 unmarked forks in the first leg of the hike, staying left at each takes you to the source of the waterfall (recommended!)

It’s steep in places and moderately technical. If your legs are not in the best shape, might be a long hike. Lots of roots to navigate, many 2+ foot steps, etc.

hiking
20 days ago

This is def for adrenaline junkies! Slippery trail with the mud/rocks and of course the rope swings at the falls. The hike was short but on the way back is where the elevation is! We made it okay but plenty of other people turned around once they saw how muddy it was. To get to the main waterfall you have to climb down a rope off the side of a small cliff.

22 days ago

loved it muddy but so what

hiking
24 days ago

This was very challenging but so much fun....I highly recommend to anyone.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail some areas a little crawl but amazing over all and only about 1.75 hour on way

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike. After reading these reviews I was concerned about getting up cardiac hill so I wore a pair of crampons that I've had for a couple of years and never used. They made a world of difference. I never slipped at all. Had no problem climbing up the muddy hill.

1 month ago

Did this with my 3 year old grandson. Up to the point where the trail steeply went down toward the falls, we turned around as it was a little too much for my grandson. Would definitely try this again when we could go all the way to the falls.

1 month ago

Rained the day before and before/during our hike. Waterfall was raging but very cold. Be prepared to get muddy and work your thighs on the hills. Need grippy water shoes to scramble over rocks to reach ropes for swinging into lower pool. Very fun and challenging hike with lots of rainbows!

hiking
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

Alright so I would give it a better review if it wasn’t for the fact the waterfall was allllll dried up. To be fair, we visited on a dry winter day in January, but I’ve still never seen a waterfall this dry lol. Easy hike on the way there, need to know where to put your feet or you’ll have an embarrassing (but probably not horrible) fall, on the way back it’s pretty steep and you’ll need a lot of stamina to get up the side of the steep mountain. I’m a fairly athletic body and I didn’t struggle TOO hard, but it did get my heart pumping for sure! In the end, worth the experience, but mildly underwhelming.

hiking
1 month ago

Went first time. Trails where dry and easy to find.
Definitely have to come back after rainy days to see epic waterfall.

1 month ago

very adventurous. nice and cool shaded trail.

hiking
1 month ago

Very easy going down. The way back up is slightly exhausting though. Make sure to go after a big rain, we went today and the waterfalls were all dried up. There was a small pool of water that some people were swimming in, but this hike is only worth it if the waterfall is flowing. The trail will be very muddy if the waterfall is flowing, if it’s dried dirt you probably picked the wrong day.

2 months ago

Hard, but worth every bit of sweat!

hiking
muddy
2 months ago

I would say this is tougher than the rating but only due to the fact I carried about 30+ extra pounds on my back (baby+carrier). The “waterfall” wasn’t anything really worth the trip today but the view overall is amazing. The hike was up and down challenging and was a good workout overall. I’m sure there’s more of a waterfall when there’s more rain but not on a day like today.

hiking
2 months ago

worth it! not anyone there with us when we got there. mostly up hill but super easy

hiking
2 months ago

I took my 10, 9, and 5-year olds on this hike and they managed better than I did! It has some great views during the first half, and then gets quite steep as you descend to the pools. Lots of folks were jumping off and doing pull-ups on the ropes that cross the water - it was fun to watch. It was very dry the day we hiked, which meant that the steep parts (hard-packed dirt) were extremely slick. We fell on our butts a few times, just due to skidding out. I will say I saw a few people hiking barefoot, or with Crocs - would not recommend that. It took us almost three hours RT, but that was with some snack breaks, and lots of time at the bottom of the trail to watch the jumpers. It was fairly busy on a Saturday, but not obnoxious -- and definitely not as crowded as Manoa falls. Don't be tricked by the first 0.8 miles -- really easy and fun. Then it gets quite steep... Definitely try it wth kiddos - they will like it a lot (if you continue tossing in the breaks for granola bars and fruit snacks!).

hiking
2 months ago

It says moderate but I say more like hard. Then again I was carrying my 37lb toddler in a backpack. Very very very steep!!!! Some areas seem to have thin walking paths but should be good. Definitely bring some water and snacks. At the fork go left, much shorter path to the pools

hiking
2 months ago

fun and dog friendly.

2 months ago

This hike is definitely worth it if you are in shape to do it. The first .8 miles of the hike are fine - probably deserve an easy rating. The last .6 kick your butt. Steep declines on the way to the falls. I did the hike when dry and it was still challenging. Bring good hiking shoes and a second pair for the water. Small sections of rock scrambling. Well marked trail and lots of trees to hold on to for stability.

Far fewer people here than at Manoa, but you still won't be alone. I probably saw 20-30 people total. There were about ten people at the falls when I was there.

Trailhead is in a Hawaii neighborhood. Park on the street.

hiking
2 months ago

*Before I begin, I lost a GoPro Hero Session 5 in the first waterfall portion in the pool, so if anyone does happen to find it, please contact me, it has some nice memories on it, thanks.* A very nice hike, isn't bad at all. However, it's a very dangerous hike if you go on a day after it just rain, it can get really muddy and slippery. So I recommend sunny days only. It has two waterfalls from the points I got to, both have a pool, but one is safe enough to jump from a cliff to the pool, whereas the other has a real nice view. A heads up, the way back could be tiring for some and a lot of going up, so prepare your legs for that.

2 months ago

great fun hike, I'd rate this one as moderate however as the distance was fairly short and only slightly tricky towards the end with steeper declines. can get muddy but the reward of the waterfall and the jump was great.

hiking
2 months ago

WOW! What a trail! None of these guys were lying, this trail is EXTREMELY MUDDY, but 200% worth it. Gorgeous views, and the falls/pool at the end are a great treat!! You can take a dip, swing off ropes, or jump off the cliff. The hike is physically demanding, but the mud is the primary reason I would rank this trail “hard.” We loved this trail and will recommend to everyone we know who visits Oahu.

3 months ago

The reviews about getting muddy are 100% correct, and it does get steep. Mud + steep = slippery. There was a light rain just before we arrived, and it started to pour when we were down at the falls just as we were finishing up our swimming and such making it especially muddy. It was all worth it though. The jumps and swings at the falls were a blast, and we ended up with a memorable hike. I never really felt unsafe since there were ample trees and rocks to hold on to. Not the easiest hike though. I would definitely recommend taking the recent rainfall, forecast, the tread of your shoes and your fitness level into account.

3 months ago

Should be an easy/intermediate trail.

3 months ago

Long... easy enough for the first 4 miles then got tougher. Last mile mildly overgrown so slows one down
Great view at the end

4 months ago

Beautiful trail, reasonably interesting and moderately challenging (any trail I can hike in my swimsuit is not hard...). Would give it 5 but it was somewhat crowded with teens playing music loud enough you couldn’t ignore it (bah I’m old and want to hear the nature)

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