Lulumahu Falls Trail (PRIVATE PROPERTY)

MODERATE 855 reviews

Lulumahu Falls Trail (PRIVATE PROPERTY) is a 2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Honolulu, Hawaii that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
2.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
879 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

muddy

rocky

private property

no dogs

One of Oahu's most popular unsanctioned hiking trails, Lulumahu Falls Trail traverses into a dense bamboo forest, along the Nu'uanu Reservoir and up to Lulumahu Falls, a 50 foot plus waterfall. This short hike includes beautiful views of Hawaii, stream crossings and muddy rock paths. Although a short drive from Honolulu's Waikiki Beach and Diamond Head this trail is off the beaten path and can be tricky to find. The trailhead can be accessed from the Pali Highway via Old Paki Road before the Pali Lookout. NOTE: This trail is located on private government property owned by the Honolulu Board of Water Supply and considered trespassing if you do not have a permit. It is not maintained and there are no signs telling visitors where to go. Please be respectful of the trail and pick up all trash. Do not attempt this hike if it is raining as the stream can be very dangerous after and during heavy rainfall. Nearby Oahu hikes include Manoa Falls, a 150 foot waterfall accessible via a maintained trail with restrooms, the famous Pali Lookout, the Kaniakapupu Ruins (summer palace of King Kamehameha III and Queen Kalama) and the Windward Coast featuring two of the most beautiful beaches on the Island of Oahu - Lanikai and Kailua Beaches. Visit the Hawaiian Islands Alltrails page for more waterfall hikes.

13 minutes ago

NEW ROUTE! We are locals. DONT GO the normal way through where all the signs are, through the short bamboo forest and then into the valley clearing. The state has put up a nice new fence around the whole reservoir and they are actively working on it. Instead. Park in the parking area, go to the Right, where there is a locked fence double door. There is a whole in the left side of the fence. Go through there. Go Left down road, then Left again. Bamboo Forrest and mud.Once in clearing follow the brown signs with yellow arrows. Use your phones Google maps to see the different trail options. Remember, once you hear the Lulumahu stream just follow it up and cross everyonce in a while as needed. VERY MUDDY. Wear correct shoes! Bring clean clothes to change into after.

hiking
2 days ago

Did feel a bit adventures since we lost the easiest trail a couple of times and had to backtrack . My athletic son even continued up a steep mountain side and got to a point above the falls , instead of to the end of the falls. Quite a few people around though so you could find your way by following voices. Muddy, slippery, gorgeous scent of ginger, pretty bamboo. Stunning waterfall! Only wish it was better marked.

hiking
3 days ago

Nice pool to swim in

11 days ago

It’s not the most easy trail to follow. There are crazy amounts of split offs and fences to get around. It’s muddy too so go prepared. A bit too crowded for my liking but it’s a fun and beautiful trail.

15 days ago

It is very easy to get lost here with all the joining trails and the downloaded maps take you through areas that are closed for construction so you are kind of on your own. This trail is tough to find but worth it. It is definitely very easy and is in no way moderately difficult. This is the best waterfall on Oahu nothing beats the scenery of manoa falls for its surroundings but the waterfall itself here is better and the hike is less crowded and touristy. Of you wanna run trails as a group my email is justindavidsands@gmail.com

17 days ago

Very pretty but quite muddy!! The actual trail wasn’t usable due to construction when we went so we had to take another way around. It was easy to get lost and boy did we! Everything was so pretty and the hike was so nice we didn’t mind getting a little lost and dirty. Great hike in general!

hiking
17 days ago

a bit confusing, had to push through a dense bamboo forest, cross back and forth over the stream and climb over rocks.

backpacking
20 days ago

Very very muddy, great views of the waterfall though. Lots of tourists go here so get a head start early!

21 days ago

Beautiful Bamboo forest! ❤️

21 days ago

We hike this today 7/26/18 and it’s One of our favorite hikes on the island! Very muddy so plan ahead for afterwards. We hiked with several kids ages 3-15 and also with babies in carriers on parents Backs. All kids did great.

hiking
25 days ago

Good, easy hike. Need to climb through some holes that people cut out of the fences. The waterfall is really pretty but this is by no means a real swim hole. Not a hard hike and good for a short trip

26 days ago

One of my favorite waterfalls on the island. Starting right at the beginning with a bamboo forest, the ridge, and the whole hike along the stream. The waterfall is spectacular especially if you catch it after a rainfall. Although now with construction it does take away from the beauty of the ridge. The only negative for me about this trail is it is usually very heavy trafficked.

hiking
27 days ago

We did this walk on a dry day, it was easy to find once you got through the bamboo forest, just follow the shingle path and through next bamboo forest - this part is quiet muddy so be prepared to get dirty shoes. Once you get to clearing go straight ahead through path and to the left, follow path and stream to left and there are some stream crossings - before you climb over some boulders and you are there! We took our 9 year old and found this trail to be easy. Have fun the falls are so beautiful 

hiking
28 days ago

This was a gorgeous hike! Did it this afternoon on my own. Very muddy so wear shoes you don’t mind either tossing or getting extremely dirty then washing. Got a bit off trail by accident and started rock climbing with a handful of others and then realized we must not be on the trail. When we got down we went over a log and it was literally right there

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful hike! Very muddy, and part of the trail is closed due construction but it’s still very doable. Follow the gravel road straight down instead of veering left and it will take you around to the trailhead. Would recommend going early, as the falls get crowded.

1 month ago

beautiful rainforest, flowers and waterfalls, no crowds!! love this hike. be sure and and go to the ruins and the waterfalls. it took us about 2 hours. but we stopped to take many pictures.

1 month ago

great hike. very muddy but totally worth it. besides the start of the trail where you have to enter thru a hole in a fence off of Pali highway, you have to get around 2 other fences. take the first trail directly on the left and you will get to the first fence, go right along the fence and duck thru a few trees to get to a wide open field with breathtaking views. after walking across the field and up to the gravel road you will approach a dead end with another short fence. make your way around that fence also to the right and climb the short muddy hill where most of the hike begins. you will ultimately follow the stream up to the waterfall. you will have to cross the stream 2 or 3 times but it's great fun. waterfall is beautiful. round trip it takes about an hour. highly recommended. just be prepared for both feet to be completely drenched in water and mud.

1 month ago

Love this hike! Little sad that construction has made it harder to get to the main trail but still completely worth it. A lot of people we met on the way seem to have gotten lost on the way. Think I’ll bring some ribbon to mark the trail next time I go.

1 month ago

Great hike with gorgeous waterfalls at the end. I have done this many times and will again.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful waterfall hike.

hiking
1 month ago

It was a little tricky in the beginning because of the construction, you go through a bamboo forest and it will hit what looks like a service road, follow that road don’t go to left stay on the wide gravel path. Eventually it will turn into a muddy mess that you just keep going through, keep and eye out for the pink markers along the way. An open area before you hit the river. Then there are a few river crossings. And your there.

hiking
1 month ago

How can you argue with a beautiful waterfall?

walking
1 month ago

Great views but muddy, bring a change of clothes. A snack, water, and a walking stick, and gloves will come in handy. This is not an easy trail, but not extremely hard either. But the view was worth it!!

2 months ago

Amazing hike. I’m not here long, so I don’t redo hikes, but I’d do this one again. No really steep spots, but some boulders you have to climb closer to the waterfall.

The first half, through the bamboo forest, could be hard to find your way back thru. It helped me to look back and see where I came from every time I came to a fork. It’s pretty muddy to the stone bridge.

The second half is less muddy. I got lost immediately and ended up climbing the ridge to the right...which ended abruptly after about a half mile of going straight up. It’s actually really easy to stay on track all the way to the falls through this half if you stick to the river; I felt like the right/east (on the right going upriver) side was easy to follow both in and out.

Great hike. Not too long, not too steep, but plenty of vibrant forest and birds chirping you onward.

2 months ago

Really awesome trail through some dense bamboo forests and lush rainforest. The path does get pretty muddy in some areas with multiple stream crossing and some rock hopping. Overall was a pretty easy to moderate hike. Portions on the trail are marked with pink tape hanging on trees and branches to follow along with obvious footpaths for the most part. ( there were a few moments on uncertainty lol but that added to adventure of finding the falls at the end) The waterfall itself is absolutely stunning with a little pool at the bottom to dip in although it can be pretty chilly. Highly recommend.

2 months ago

follow the signs, there's some construction where the path normally is, making it a little muddier. beautiful waterfall and hike

2 months ago

this is a fabulous hike but it is currently under construction and takes you through a very muddy forest trek as a detour. this path is not marked well and while there is an easy way to do this hike, there are many trails that are difficult that lead through craziness. fun craziness but still crazy and VERY muddy!

hiking
2 months ago

use the alltrails gps to track where you are going if its your first time or unsure. We were fortunate to go in with people who had been there so they helped guide us and over water areas. Wear good shoes but be prepared to get knee deep wet in some areas. You are trecking through a beautiful bamboo forest. Bug repellent will help. This hike is not really hard but I'd agree with the moderate because of the water works you are going through. The falls are amazing and did not disappoint!

2 months ago

The waterfall is very beautiful! People aren't kidding when they say it's muddy. Be aware of that.
It is well worth it though. Take your time and don't be afraid of shortcuts to avoid the mud.
Be sure to always walk near the water if you want the reach the waterfall.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice waterfall. It was raining so it was pretty muddy.

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