Laie Falls Trail [PRIVATE PROPERTY]

MODERATE 100 reviews

Laie Falls Trail [PRIVATE PROPERTY] is a 7.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Laie, Hawaii that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
7.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1883 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

bugs

muddy

scramble

private property

no dogs

Ridge Trail, great views of windward shore, Hawaiian flora, waterfall and swim 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.

hiking
8 days ago

hiking
18 days ago

Laie Falls was pretty great. The beginning of the hike was not so pretty but once you hit the woodline it was just so beautiful. The falls itself was quaint, it's the awesome people you are with that makes it fun.

21 days ago

Beautiful, if sun is out, take a lot of water and snacks , great views

27 days ago

This is about as long as some of the ridge hikes I've done, so I was skeptical about the 4 hours. We totally did this in 4.5 hours, which included a half hour at the falls and a few detours on the way back. The fruit flies were horrendous so if I go back, I'll take the other reviewer's advice and go in the spring.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

We went after reading several reviews. The permit was easy (and free) to obtain at Hawaiian Resources, if I remember correctly. This is the second hike we did on our honeymoon, but was double the length of the pillboxes hike. We both agree--well worth it!!

It was somewhat muddy when we went but it there were a few pop up showers throughout the day too so it never really dried out.

Although I'd say we are more novice than accomplished, and I am 25 weeks pregnant, we found it challenging but certainly not impossible. Take more time if you need to, take lots of water and some snacks, and just be careful. Also, bug spray and sunscreen are a must!

The views are breathtaking, the pools and falls are lovely and cold (perfect for taking off your shoes to soak tired feet whether they are preggo feet or not). We did run into the fruit flies but it wasn't unbearable.

We'd say the hardest part was the part closest to the falls just because of how narrow and muddy some parts were. It was a long one for us but, again, well worth it!

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Enjoyed the falls, nice and secluded taking about 2 hrs up and 1.5 down. Spent a good 1.5 hrs at the falls eating lunch and exploring.

Note: If you do this hike say Sept-Nov prepare for rotted fruit on the ground and lots of flies. This occurs the last leg of the trail about 15 mins from the falls.

Also, you must have a permit to be on the grounds as it is private property so stop by Hawaii Reserves Inc in the Laie shopping center for your permit. It's right next to Ace. See picture for contact info.

1 month ago

Great hike. About 2.5 - 3 hours. We did in it just over 3 but took some off shoots. Markings were pretty sparse but still easy to find your way around. Great workout depending on your pace. About 60% shade. Need permit to park close by. We parked by the basketball court along the fence. The water fall was fairly slow and water too muddy to swim. We had a great time.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful hike!

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

2 months ago

Beware of the road walking to trailhead - a pitbull ran out of one of the house and bit two other hikers walking by. Luckily she was able to put her foot up to block him. Just a heads up! Trail was good - definitely a little rough in some areas as you got closer to the falls where it really narrows.

hiking
2 months ago

About 2 hours up and 1 hour down. Definitely worth doing once or twice. Great views and a refreshing swim once you reach the waterfall.

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

We left at 8 am and parked at the church-owned park at the base. We hiked fairly quickly and it took us about an hour and 20 mins to reach the waterfall. Beautiful views and varied terrain along the way. The only big negative was the massive amounts of flies the last quarter mile of the trail. Perhaps we hit fruit season (Sept 6?), but all the little fruit that had fallen on the trail was fermenting and attracting swarms of fruit flies. Hold your breath and go quick through that part! Waterfall was refreshing and lovely! Overall, it took us a little over 2 1/2 hrs, but we also jogged out the last bit.

mountain biking
2 months ago