Kalauao Falls Loop Trail

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Kalauao Falls Loop Trail is a 4.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Honolulu, Hawaii that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
4.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1374 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

muddy

rocky

scramble

no dogs

Lessor known trail that starts from Keaiwa Heiau State Park off the more commonly known Aiea Loop Trail down into Kalauao Valley to visit Kalauao Falls and Pu'u Uau. This trail was originally created in 1930 and later modified in 1965 by HTMC. This trail is an intermediate level trail with some steep climbs and descents into the valley. It is best done after a good rain, though not immediately so as it will create some pretty high brown waters. Its best after a couple of days as the water settles into a clear blue hue. The trail is generally well marked with orange ribbons and a few pink bottle caps. There is one short section above the waterfalls (if doing this loop clockwise), where there are several parallel trails that makes it a little confusing. Lookout for the ridge trail after the 14th crossing. Once on the ridge, there are lots of really tall Ti plants. Its not much of a switchback - more like straight up. Watch out for muddy sections with loose footing. The ridge is a beautiful place that connects up to Pu'u Uau. This hill is where the junction from Aiea Ridge and Aiea Loop meets. Return back to the start along Aiea Loop Trail.

hiking
9 days ago

We managed to do the deserted loop today. Arriving at waterfall was okay but pretty steep down. Go up above the waterfall, then continue upstream until you see two orange ribbons on vertical branches by river, and go straight up the mountain until you find the next marker, crazy up on boars’ trail. We got lost because we found more markers going upstream after those two. Should have read review before. Be prepared and careful, very wild and essentially no trail up the ridge until you hit Aiea Loop again. Experience hikers only.

hiking
1 month ago

THIS TRAIL IS AWESOME! It has everything that you'd want for a "moderate" hike. There is fruit everywhere and the scenery is out of this world! Check out our video!

https://youtu.be/BubrdwWB_mo

hiking
2 months ago

If you are looking for adventure , this is a good trail! Quite easy until the waterfall, then get ready to look for only few signs on your way, pink signs can be anywhere, on trees, leaves, ground...half fun half annoying to find these signs! But after all , happy to have done it! Would not recommend with a child. My wife was inexperienced and did it bravely!!

hiking
3 months ago

Hike was pretty miserable overall. The decent down isn't bad but the "trail" too the waterfall is slippery and possible ankle tweakers. The falls were dry today so that was a bit anti climatic. The next half of the trail is rough, the accent is long and exhausting, great views but not well maintained. Very steep and could be a danger too younger or in experienced hikers.

Would not hike again.

hiking
4 months ago

This trail is very hard to follow. We turned left when the loop split. We missed the turn to continue and had to retrace our steps using the offline map I had already downloaded (luckily). Finding the waterfall was easy but after that the trail was not well marked and we got lost several times. Once we finally found the trail (using the map) it was very steep up the ridge and very overgrown. I would rate this hike as hard due to the un marked trail and steep climbs up the ridge. If you're looking for a view this is not the hike for you. The waterfall is just ok. This hike took us 4 hours to complete.

hiking
4 months ago

Went with my kids and baby. Had to backtrack because we passed the mango tree. Our short little legs had a hard time climbing down the rocky part of the trail. It rained a little so the trail was slippery. The waterfall is pretty small and not what we expected. We decided to come back the way we came because we didn't want to chance the other half of the trail with everyone's reviews saying that half isn't maintained.

5 months ago

fun loop.

5 months ago

Challenging but good fun. Be prepared for hike up.

hiking
6 months ago

got lost coming back up, we couldn't find the turn to go back uphill. It takes some strength and endurance to get back up once you do find your way back.

The waterfall was on the small side, but not a lot of people are there to crowd it.

6 months ago

I am not even sure why this is rated difficult. I was very disappointed.

walking
6 months ago

Mislabeled as HARD. Nothing hard about it.

9 months ago

I love this trail. People get lost because they don't know where to turn. About 20 min into Aiea Loop, there is a trail to the left. If you get to the big power lines you have gone too far. Follow the side trail down the ridge for about 30 min. Check this app periodically for the next turn - it's on the right by a big mango tree. Then you'll go straight down the cliff to the river. Once at the river turn right going upstream. It seems like a long way but is worth it. Go after a big rain. Lastly, leave the way you came. The rest of the loop is not maintained and is not pleasant at all.

10 months ago

Your going to get lost.

10 months ago

You get lost easily

10 months ago

Once we found the first junction it was a pretty easy trail to follow. Very hard to miss the second junction at the Mango Tree. Be prepared for a workout on the way back up.

hiking
10 months ago

Absolutely miserable hike. Would not recommend. The descent down was muddy and slippery. It was just plain dangerous. You have to cross the river 8+ times and each time you're risking falling in. The rocks are slippery and there is no safe way across. Don't bring any valuable electronics (such as non water proof cell phones or camera gear) with you! The waterfall is underwhelming at best. For anyone brave enough to go past the waterfall, you're in for a bad time. There's no clear path whatsoever and no cell service to help you find your way. You're going to get lost and wish you hadn't gone! So many bugs and my legs have so many scratches on them. Even heard some wild boars. Wear long pants if you must do this part of the hike and be prepared to be grabbing onto every available branch and tree to help you up the cliff. We got so lost that we just slid down the hill (after the ascent and after walking along the ridge) to meet up with the regular SAFE path.

Extreme hikers ONLY! Turn around at the waterfall if you value your life/sanity!!!!!!!! We did the full loop and it took almost 7 hours.

hiking
10 months ago

Great hike! Missed the mango tree but back tracked and found it. Best to do after it rains the water fall was a small trickle but worth the hike to see in my opinion. Would not recommend for children under 5.

11 months ago

Not a loop. Didnt track distance but i wouldnt rate as hard but took a lil heart going back up the hill for my wife. I will do again my wife never will. It was her first hike in HI.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Yea it's not a loop hike it's best out and back to the waterfall but beautiful two pugs handled it like champions there not your average dogs though!

Monday, October 31, 2016

DONT GO PAST THE WATERFALL.

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