Manoa Cliff Trail

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Manoa Cliff Trail is a 2.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Honolulu, Hawaii that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
2.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
862 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

scramble

Directions from Honolulu: Proceed mauka (toward the mountain) on Round Top Drive, past Pu'u Ualaka'a State Park. Continue winding up the road, until you begin to see the brown and yellow trailhead signs along the side of road. Manoa Cliff Trail shares a small parking lot on the makai side of Round Top Drive, with Moleka Trail. The parking lot is directly adjacent the Moleka Trail. Manoa Cliff Trail is across the street from the lot.

hiking
29 days ago

I loved this. It was my first solo hike in Hawaii. It was muddy, it rained on me and I dried instantly once out of the rain. It was blissful. Loved the views.

30 days ago

Not that spectacular. Very muddy. Not a loop, if you take puu ohia you still have to walk back on the road for a mile.

1 month ago

This is a loop. it was beautiful but very muddy. Last quarter of hike was on Tantalus.

hiking
1 month ago

Did ‚big loop‘ including Pauoa Flats Loop and lookout - great hike, amazing views but very muddy and dug up by pigs... Def wear proper trail shoes.

2 months ago

Nice trail. Got caught in some rain and trail was a bit muddy. The post sign makes you think it is a loop trail but ran into a tree that took the path. Ended up taking the puu ohia trail which turned the trail into a loop hike. Beautiful plants!

trail running
4 months ago

Well maintained. Some muddy patches. Nothing too steep. Needed bug spray.

hiking
Saturday, August 19, 2017

Manoa Cliff trail is a great trail but is Not a loop trail. Any way you go after you get to the end T intersection (Kalawahine Trail) goes to the left and right. We took the trail left and ended up higher on the Round Top Rd and had to walk left out of trail onto the road for 2 miles to get back to our car. Best idea if you want a smaller loop is to take Puu Ohia trail to left before the end of Manoa Cliff trail and circle back to the Round Top Rd closer to the parking. Either way you are walking the road unless you turn around and retrace Manoa Cliff trail. Great trail. Beautiful view and tons of great plants and fruiting plants. Highly recommend if you know the loop is not on the trail

Monday, May 29, 2017

Great hike

hiking
Monday, March 06, 2017

3/5/2017-Some mosquitoes due to rain night before, but may have hiked in wrong direction because I exited at Kalawahine trailhead. I had to backtrack to Manoa Cliff trailhead parking lot (about 1.5 miles) along Roundtop Drive. (May be part of the All Trails map already and I didn't know?)

hiking
Sunday, November 06, 2016

Loved this trail, walking on the side of a cliff, breathtaking views and beautiful Hawaiian plants. It did rain a bit and can get a bit windy.

hiking
Monday, September 26, 2016

Trail is pretty easy. I am not in great shape, and completed the trail with little difficulty. The trail has a couple nice views and you pass through a few areas surrounded by bamboo. If you want a easy hike and don't mind driving up some twisting roads this could be the hike for you. But if you don't do this hike I would say you aren't missing much.

trail running
Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Trails open. No more bees. muddy.

hiking
Sunday, August 07, 2016

One of many trails on tantalus, you really are on the side of a cliff nearly the whole time. Beautiful views but very windy. Try using a walking stick to maintain balance just to be sure.

hiking
Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Closed temporarily due to bees

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