Lulumahu Falls Trail (PRIVATE PROPERTY)

MODERATE 706 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.

2.0 miles
879 feet
Out & Back



nature trips

trail running






wild flowers




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

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.

5 days ago

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

10 days ago

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

15 days 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.

15 days 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. :)

22 days 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!

24 days 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!

26 days ago

Super fun trail.

28 days 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.

29 days ago

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

1 month ago

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

1 month 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!

1 month ago

Beautiful, easy hike.

1 month ago

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.

1 month 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!

1 month 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.

1 month 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!

1 month 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!

2 months ago

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

2 months ago

great experience with my little boy

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