Lulumahu Falls Trail (PRIVATE PROPERTY)

MODERATE 832 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.

2 minutes 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
1 day 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
2 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
7 days 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.

8 days 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.

8 days 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.

9 days 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.

14 days ago

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

hiking
18 days 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!!

1 month 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.

1 month 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.

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

1 month 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
1 month 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!

1 month 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
1 month ago

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

hiking
2 months ago

Such a fun adventure! This hike can get muddy but so worth it!
Tons of little side trails to add to the adventure. The falls were beautiful and worth every bit. Unexpectedly found King Kamehameha III summer place. What a find! So glad we did this one.

hiking
2 months ago

Amazing!!!!!

2 months ago

Loved it! Pretty sure you can take the marked way with the actual hiker man sign. We ended up going left from when you enter the trail, to the right of us was a bamboo forest and then you reach a “government gate no trespassing” very easy to follow the gate until it’s open (we went right ) but it seems to meet up with the “normal” trail anyway. Very muddy must wear water shoes. You are able to bathe/swim in the bottom of the falls

hiking
2 months ago

fairly easy hike to the waterfall, all be it wet and muddy. Many different routes to take, I went left from the parking lot. about 2 hours out and back.

2 months ago

Beautiful views of the creek and waterfall, also interesting changes in vegetation along the way. We got lost a couple of times and my less athletic friends and family found this trail difficult. Trail veers off many times and often hard to tell which way to go. Ultimately following the creek up and it will eventually lead you to the falls.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful hike, muddy and wet but worth it

2 months ago

After reading all the reviews we decided to wear water shoes for this hike...and so glad we did! The parking lot was littered with peoples destroyed shoes and hiking boots. Since we had water shoes on, we were able to embrace the mud and walk in the stream (which is required at some points). We really loved this hike! It was beautiful and unique. A little hard to find to find the trail head at first but just keep referring to the app map and you'll get on track. Definitely do this one!

2 months ago

Great hike. Getting more popular with heavier traffic. Beautiful waterfall and worth the short hike.

hiking
2 months ago

Very fun and the waterfall is definitely worth it! Be prepared to get muddy and wet. The kids loved it though, even my one year old who rode in a hiking baby backpack. The kids could swim in the pool of the falls and baby could wade in the water. Make sure to bring a friend!

hiking
2 months ago

We have been a few times and loved it! They recently put up huge fences and signs to keep out. I'm sure you can find your way around but we weren't willing to risk it!

2 months ago

Loved the waterfall at the end. Even though it was lightly raining, very muddy, tons of roots & rocks, I would definitely do it again. Very beautiful.

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