Lulumahu Falls Trail (PRIVATE PROPERTY)

MODERATE 752 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.

hiking
1 minute ago

Great to take family and friends visiting on!

hiking
5 days ago

https://www.noahlangadventures.com/blog/2018/4/14/lulumahu-falls
Everything you need to know about Lulumahu Falls!
Follow @noahawaii

10 days ago

Awesome hike. Not easy, not very hard either. Waterfall is great. One of the best in Oahu. CAUTION:: don’t leave valuables in your car. My Jeep Wrangler rental had the front right window bashed out. I was parked in the main parking lot (along with maybe 20 other cars) right off the highway.

hiking
12 days ago

Can get very muddy! it was a great hike and a gorgeous waterfall!

19 days ago

Great hike. Recommend water shoes, for it was super muddy. Strenuous parts at times. And felt longer than 2 miles but it was worth it. Just be careful, the rain caused it to be highly slippery during certain parts.

hiking
24 days ago

Overall a good quick hike with a beautiful waterfall at the end. The parking at the beginning is quite disappointing as you see a lot of trash left behind. There was heavy foot traffic when I went despite being a weekday. This spot must be in the guide books as I came across a lot of tourists. The trail is not that straightforward; there are a lot of stream crossings but if you follow the beaten path and venture on what makes sense in your head then you'll be fine. There is a tiny part that I find sketchy as it was steep so someone can easily slide down and for than reason I wouldn't recommend this trail to toddlers and seniors.

hiking
26 days ago

Breathtaking.

Decided to go pretty late in the afternoon around 1650 on March 20th, after paddle boarding in Waikiki and hiking Diamondhead. Made it to the actual falls close to 1730. It was muddy since it had rained|sprinkled earlier in the afternoon. Was a bit of an adventure, but definitely stayed close to the stream to find the falls.

Be careful of slippery rocks and muddy ground. Utilized a lot of tree branches to help stabilize myself and used it to avoid from slipping.

Definitely not a kid friendly hike, but I must say - it was worth it!

*Make sure to bring extra shoes|flops to change into after the hike and a plastic bag for muddy shoes jic it rained!

29 days ago

Bit muddy. Not bad. On the easier side of moderate. Took my dog and a friend who’s beginner hiker. Smooth sailing.

hiking
1 month ago

So far my favorite trail. It wasn't terribly long or hard. Pretty muddy but lots of water to rinse your shoes off. The waterfall at the end was breath taking and well worth it!

hiking
1 month ago

They recently updated the trail with actual markers. You used to be able to walkthrough the bamboo then along the reservoir. It is now fenced off. There is now clear signage marking the trail. Directing toward the gravel road which is to the right of the parking lot. You will go straight back, the trail turns and you will see an outhouse looking structure with an astronaut. You cross a concrete dam thing and then the trail heads left through a swampy bamboo area and up through the forest. It’s pretty wet. You’ll pop out at a clearing and see the fenced off area to the left. Proceed back into the forest. There’s will be a dip that looks like a muddy former stream and climb up a small bank. Where you’ll see a trail marker pointing right to the regular trail.

The fencing and the new trail must have been put up in the last month.

1 month ago

Muddy at the beginning, and a little hard to find the right trail at first but the waterfall at the top was beautiful. Definitely wear proper shoes, you will be crossing the river several times on the way up!

hiking
1 month ago

Very muddy at the beginning of the hike but the large waterfall made it worthwhile.

1 month ago

So much fun! Lots of much & the water was amazing! So worth it!

1 month ago

While there might be hordes of people on this trail during the weekend, it is still gorgeous and fun. Tourist confusion on where to go after the entrance can also be entertaining. To the right of the parking lot is a human size hole in the fence that leads down a gravel road which is a more direct path than what is shown on the map. Or you can zig zag through the bamboo and jump a fence or two.

The plus side of the heavy traffic is the large amount of garbage to collect along the trail, very rewarding.

hiking
1 month ago

Was hard to get to, especially since there is some recent construction going on and they put up a few fences, but was an overall fun hike and the waterfall was worth it. Wasn’t very difficult, but you do have to cross the stream a few times.

hiking
1 month ago

Really rad hike that follows the stream up to and epic waterfall. Lots of bouldering and off-trail hiking through bamboo forests along the way. Had a blast in the pouring rain!

1 month ago

Looking to do this hike between 2/28 and 3/9.
Anyone else out there interested???

Brianjguy@gma.com

1 month ago

Awesome hike!

1 month ago

Definitely hard to find the trail, luckily found some locals but even they had some troubles as there have been some new fences put up to keep people out. Getting on the trail takes a little creativity and willingness to bypass barriers that were clearly meant to keep you out. First fence somebody already cut a hole in, second fence needed to climb around it. Tip: after the second fence up the stairs, stay to the right, the trail continues behind an abandoned looking old processing facility or something; don’t go left along what looks to be the main trail (this is a hunting trail)
Falls were pretty good. Lots of river crossings.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked 2 days after a massive rain storm. Had to take a few detours and went way out of the way. Easy to get turned around but luckily there were several people we met who clarified trail. Tip: follow the stream up and know that you will cross stream several times. It was hard but a beautiful hike hearing songbirds and being in jungle.

hiking
2 months ago

Me and my then fiancé hiked this trail back in 2016. With the help of a local guide showing us where it was. We both loved it.

hiking
2 months ago

I love this hike. One of my favorite waterfall hikes on the island.

hiking
2 months ago

Short, fun trail even in light rain. Gets pretty populated as the day goes on.

2 months ago

One of the very first hikes I’ve done and I’ll never forget how petty it is at the falls. It gets very crowded so please be ready to stand in line to take pictures at the falls.

hiking
2 months ago

A photographers dream. Easy hike with beautiful views of cascading waterfalls throughout the trail. Its easy to escape people on the main trail if You're into landscape photography. a quick waterfall hike, but a personal favorite. :)

2 months ago

Was my first real hike...and several water crossings, spillways, and a beautiful waterfall and pool at the top...great hike!
The bamboo forrest and lake view before getting to the upward hike was just as breathtaking!

hiking
2 months ago

I love this hike! I like wearing my water shoes and walking up the creek bed towards the falls. Parking is on the side of the highway. Don't forget bug spray!

hiking
2 months ago

Super fun trail.

2 months ago

Was raining pretty good when we hiked this trail. Just wet though, not really muddy. We found our way to the falls without too much trouble. There are a few spots where the trail branches off. There are pink ribbons marking most of the way. Wouldn’t be too hard to take a wrong turn though. Fun hike.

3 months ago

wish there was an easy way to get to the falls so I could take my folks.

Load More