Lulumahu Falls Trail (PRIVATE PROPERTY)

MODERATE 650 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
4 days ago

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

11 days ago

great experience with my little boy

14 days 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
15 days ago

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

hiking
27 days 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
29 days 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
1 month 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!

1 month 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
1 month ago

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

1 month 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.

1 month ago

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

1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing hike. Do not give up; you will be rewarded!!!!!!

1 month ago

I love this hike!! My best friend, cousin and I loved it so much!! It gets a little confusing while you’re hiking, but just look for the pink ribbon & you’ll be good! Waterfall is worth it at the end!

hiking
2 months ago

We had gone off the beaten path. But it’s always an adventure. We love to choose the road less traveled.. but once I checked the app I got us back on track.. down-poured on the way back down but that never fails. Haha would definitely do it again.. but probably more so in the day rather than right before dark.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike. Lots of rocks and mud, which makes for a fun hike. My only complaint is too many people had unleashed dogs. One tried going after mine.

PLEASE LEASH YOUR DOGS.

hiking
2 months ago

Very child friendly. However it is a little confusing. No signs or anything to tell you where the fall is.

2 months ago

great trail with moderate difficulty

hiking
2 months ago

So I just realized a couple of ppl did the same mistake as us. We took a path by the right side instead of keeping left by the "river rocks"... however it was a nice hike ( difficult) thought a narrow steep path up to a ridge with amazing views of a 1400ft elevation! We thought this way would eventually turn left towards the falls but it didn't not so we returned and chose the right path ... ending to the beautiful & refreshing waterfall!

hiking
2 months ago

Not a super easy hike, muddy, and easy to get lost. But loved the stream crossings, rock climbs, and waterfall. Pink ribbons saved us, though few and far between.

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