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

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.

1 day ago

love the hike some parts of the trail are very misleading tho, overall very nice and would do it again

hiking
10 days ago

Starts with a bamboo forest with little room on the trail but it's fine. After a 1/4 mile walk you get out of the bamboo and enter the typical Hawaii forest. Beautiful waterfall at the end. There are multiple water crossings and your shoes will get wet. if it's raining be prepared for lots of mud but the hike is very safe even with all mud.

13 days ago

Nice and short, no real accent. falls are nice. very muddy and you will get your feet wet along the way.

16 days ago

go to 2135 Makiki Heights Drive to get a permit to enter Lulumahu Falls area. I think the fee is like $2.50.

28 days ago

First hike and I enjoyed it very much. Would do it again.

My favorite waterfall in Hawaii this far. Fun trail through bamboo forest. Muddy right now. Awesome falls you can attempt to swim in.

hiking
1 month ago

Hard to navigate. We luckily ran into someone who has done it a few times and showed us the way. A lot of fun!

hiking
1 month ago

Did this hike today. The entrance is all the way to the right of the parking lot. There is a locked gate but a big hole has been made in the fence to the left of the gate. You will hike down an open gravel road for a ways then you will begin the hike on a trail through the woods. Follow the pink ribbons. Try to stay straight along the stream. There are multiple trails coming off main trail. You will have to cross the stream in several places as well. Muddy and slippery in places but well worth the hike.

hiking
1 month ago

DId the hike today and really enjoyed it. There are a lot of different ways to get there, but just remember to get yourself to the Nuuanu Stream and stay with it (on whichever side seems easier to you) until you get to the falls. The easier entrance now seems to be to the right of the parking area where there's a double gate in the fence (it's locked) with a hole to the left. Follow the road for a bit, and then you'll see some signs. The trail was super muddy, but it's an enjoyable trek with a great payoff. The falls are beautiful and refreshing.

hiking
1 month ago

Great views and cool down at the end in the brisk waterfall. Bring something to waterproof your phone since it tends to rain while you take a dip in the water. Must bring towel and change of clothes and foot ware for the drive home, due to the mud.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked in June 2017. Nice trail nothing spectacular. Waterfall was decent would have been nice if it was flowing heavier.

2 months 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 months 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
2 months ago

Nice pool to swim in

2 months 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.

2 months 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

2 months 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
2 months ago

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

backpacking
2 months ago

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

2 months ago

Beautiful Bamboo forest! ❤️

2 months 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
2 months 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

3 months 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
3 months 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
3 months 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
3 months 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.

3 months 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.

3 months 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.

3 months 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.

3 months ago

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

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