Lulumahu Falls Trail (PRIVATE PROPERTY)

MODERATE 684 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

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.

11 hours ago

Super fun trail and it wasn’t too busy when I went earlier in the morning. Water wasn’t too icy cold either.

22 hours ago

This trail is amazing. My husband and I felt it was more of a cross-fit training course than a hike. There is a mix of steps, horizontal trees to climb under or over, a stream to cross multiple times and lastly ropes to help you get down hill side safely. I encourage you to experience this trail however I would be recommend wearing keens or any other hiking shoes that you don’t mind getting muddy or wet.

Tip: Go through the gates that states Watershed from the parking. This will take you up a small grassy hill and then follow the gravel road to the base of the mountain. Take a left to the stairs and pass through a set of gates. (You can go around too. As you move up the hill you will find yourself crossing a stream.. try to cross the stream by staying on the cement dam and then follow the cement wall until you find the trail. Stay close to the stream.... have fun!

22 hours ago

Beautiful, easy hike.

Nice, easy, short hike with a pretty waterfall at the end. Went there several times, once after A LOT of rainfall and I somehow got a little bit off the main path and saw a tree dislodging and falling down the hill about 25 yards from where I was standing...probably because the ground was so soaked. That was pretty scary, other than that it’s a pretty save hike even for families with smaller kids doable.

14 days ago

General tips: Best to cross the stream again immediately after your initial crossing. This will keep you on the most well-traveled trail. Get there early to get parking easily and avoid the crowd. My 3.5 year did it no problem. Expect your feet to get wet! Great waterfall at the end!

hiking
15 days ago

Enjoyed the hike, multiple falls to see leading up to the big fall. Hard to follow the trail, but there’s plenty of people so we knew the right way. Worse come to worst, follow the creek and just go up it.

hiking
16 days ago

Fantastic hike! Despite its poor markings, it is easy to navigate because every path leads to the falls (just a matter of how difficult you want it to be). Parking is just off of Pali Highway, but it’s horribly small. Either get there early or be prepared to be packed in.
The trip starts at a bamboo forest. It quickly gets VERY muddy, but the long gravel road after the grassy hill makes for an easy way to clean off your shoes. Follow the road past a forest on your right and a small lake & bridge on your left. When you get to the split, go left and follow the graffitied wall. It wraps around and thru a fence to a set of concrete stairs. This is the real start of the hike!
There is a lot of weaving, going over trees, and crossing the river, but there are usually a decent number of people out to make the path clear. I crossed the river 6 times total due to a path being blocked. Fair warning—when you get to a rock wall that goes straight up and has moss growing all over, do not go up. It is blocked at the top, and it’s pretty difficult to get back down. Instead, go down and to the right to the set of ropes. At this point, you’re about 10-15 minutes from the waterfall.
It’s a really fun, beautiful hike that changes each time you go! I love the classic rainforest trail with a huge waterfall at the end!

hiking
21 days ago

This is an easy hike on a jungle trail, your feet will get wet and muddy, recommend good boots and good socks, amazing views throughout and the end is waaaaaaay legit!

hiking
1 month ago

This was fun and amazing. There were areas that were slippery and hard to climb but totally worth it.

1 month ago

great experience with my little boy

1 month ago

Fantastic hike!
Today after rain and in the rain, waterfalls were gorgeous. We got lost for 20 minutes on our way up going left out of trail. Follow pink ribbons on trees. So pretty with so much water. We crossed rushing streams 5-6 times going up. Have a good hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful fall! Not a place to jump in, but you can wade around.

hiking
1 month ago

Terrific hike and well worth the effort to see the falls, but perhaps a little tougher than just moderate. As you get closer to the falls, there are lots of obstacles, wet conditions and crossings of the stream over rocks. We saw a few people who had turned back on their way up, including our wives who had decided they’d had enough. If you’re up for it with a good pair of shoes, it’s highly recommended.

hiking
2 months ago

Great short semi intense hike and some moderate climbs but always option to go one or other side of water. Follow the pink ribbons unless they keep going through the bamboo Forrest, then go back and try to stay close to the water and you’ll find the right path back. Awesome lightly crowded path with amazing waterfall. Very good for pictures and a dip in the water. Option to continue climb to the top of it.

hiking
2 months ago

Such a great hike and the waterfall at the end is stunning!
The path is a little confusing, they say follow the pink ribbons but be aware there is more then one trail, my advice is take the path following the river you are most comfortable with! Just Check it out and follow it up. It's a little slippery in areas and you will need to cross the river (which is quiet easy) a few times. I personally don't think it's suitable for small children. There are people walking up and down so it's not secluded.
Well worth it!

2 months ago

We walked this trail about 3pm. Only saw a few locals. Wear hiking shoes that can get wet. We had to go back and forth across a small stream. I got eaten up by mosquitoes. They love me. Friendly people along the way to show u the way but the trail is pretty easily marked. Follow the pink ribbon ties

hiking
2 months ago

Easy trail with lots of plants, small waterfalls and Hawaiians.

2 months ago

After a few minutes of hiking you’ll come upon a graffitied wall. Walk up the steps, take a right, and walk around to the other side of the fenced in area. The trail is back there. I sall quite a few people walk past it and had to point them in the right direction. The trail itself can be a little challenging with plenty of roots and boulders to traverse. The pool at the end is too small to have a good swim and the waterfall is not climbable do to the walls around it being straight up. It’s incredibly tall though and makes you fell tiny in comparison.

2 months ago

Quick, fun trail. Not very difficult. The waterfall area was crowded, but still beautiful.

2 months ago

Hard to navigate but worth it! Just keep following the pink ribbons and the river.

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