Manoa Falls Trail

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Manoa Falls Trail is a 1.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Honolulu, Hawaii that features a waterfall 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.

DISTANCE
1.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
554 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

muddy

A short hike to the base of Manoa Falls in the Manoa Valley in Honolulu, Oahu, the Manoa Falls Trail winds through a lush Hawaiian tropical rainforest filled with movie scene locations from Jurassic Park and LOST. The trail can be quite muddy, so proper closed toe footwear is recommended. Unfortunately, swimming is not allowed in the pool at the base of the waterfall but the views alone justify this easy hike. This area receives significant rainfall so check the weather before going to avoid flash floods. The trailhead is a short drive from downtown Honolulu and can be accessed at the end of Manoa Road.There is a $5 fee to park. Visitors might also be interested in the nearby Lyon Arboretum and Botanical Garden which preserves endangered Hawaiian plant species.

hiking
17 hours ago

Great hike! Beautiful views! Great place to bring kids.

1 day ago

Beautiful hike! Best time to go 5:30pm not so crowded then

2 days ago

Hike itself was fun and waterfall at the end is great, but this trail is too packed with tourists and most of the time it's too crowded to enjoy. Go during the off season during the week.

3 days ago

Crowded. Definitely would start earlier. The trail was pretty easy but very slippery. Some amazing views right towards the beginning.

hiking
6 days ago

Crowded but a fun short hike. Very muddy when it rains but this is one of the best times to see the waterfall.

9 days ago

Crowded but beautiful. Easy hike. Tallest trees I’ve ever seen.

9 days ago

Very easy trail, but great views!

9 days ago

Great hike.

hiking
10 days ago

Easy hike, with a beautiful waterfall.. Shady most of the way. If it has been raining, the trail can get quite muddy.

hiking
13 days ago

Definitely worth it for a first time island visitor. Touristy and a little muddy but the waterfall is pretty cool at the end. My 60 year old parents had a little difficulty but they made it!

13 days ago

A cool waterfall well worth the hike, but be aware of the many tourists. There are many other equally beautiful waterfalls nearby with fewer people.
If you want an easy hike with a beautiful view then you should definitely go.

hiking
14 days ago

Directly above the fall is another set of falls with a nicer pool to swim in. Climb from the left side - some rock scrambling and use the banyan tree roots to pull yourself up. Look for the Aihualama Trail sign - this is where you should start your climb.

hiking
14 days ago

Very muddy and high amount of traffic. I was recommended by a local not to swim in the pool. Couldn’t see much for all the people.

hiking
15 days ago

According to alltrails logged recordings, the number one most recorded is Koko Crater stairs at 992.
2. Diamond ‘Leahi’ Head- 880
3. Manoa Falls- 762
4. Kuli’ou’ou Ridge State Trail- 582
5. Aiea Loop State Trail- 565
6. Lulumahu Falls - 560
7. Makapu’u Point Lighthouse- 550
8. Maunawili Falls - 502
9. Kaiwa Pillbox - 500
10. Waimano Falls- 405

hiking
22 days ago

Trail is fairly easy even though it was muddy. Trail is loaded with lots of great trees and plants. Dont go too fast or you'll miss the ancient carving at the plank bridge near the beginning of the trail. Bring bug spray if you are prone to mosquito bites. One recommendation to park staff would be to place trash cans along the trail. Otherwise, hold your trash. Be respectful and have fun!

23 days ago

Loved this hike and the environment was awesome! Although I got bite by I swear every bug out there, so I advise bug spray!!! But would definitely go again!

hiking
25 days ago

amazing views but super heavy traffic due to accessibility.

hiking
25 days ago

Nice easy trail. My wife completed the climb in flip-flops. It was a little slick in spots, but nothing too bad. There are a few hard areas, but nothing than your average person could not overcome. Parking was not bad we parked on the road before the parking lot to avoid the $5 fee.

hiking
26 days ago

Wet wet wet. Big surprise. It rained in the middle of a rain forest. So the trail had running water going down the hill. Should have brought along a big dry towel!

29 days ago

No bad at all. Easy trail with easy kid friendly passage.

29 days ago

Took the #5 bus to the bus stop then a walk up to the trailhead. So many spots were simply breathtaking. Definitely would recommend closed toe shoes- I have no idea how people did this with flip flops on.

1 month ago

This was such a breathtaking hike. Worth every second.

1 month ago

Beautiful landscape on the way, a bit slippery when it rained the days before - but ok. A lot of people at the waterfall.

1 month ago

It was amazing. The waterfall was incredible but the lush Forrest was just as beautiful.

hiking
1 month ago

Went on a Tuesday. Pretty muddy but not too bad considering it was raining/sprinkling. It was however very crowded.

1 month ago

This hike was very easy. Great hike for families. Took about an hour and a half to finish, taking a few side trails for views of the creek. This trail is very crowded and often had to wait several minutes for opposing traffic to get through in some tight areas. Beautiful and well maintained.

hiking
1 month ago

Good hike but lots of tourists. Best time for hike is first thing in the morning

1 month ago

TRAILHEAD CLOSED TODAY! If you are trying to do this hike, the trail head is closed today! We took an Uber up to the trailhead at 9am, and as of 9:30am, the trailhead was still closed.

1 month ago

Super short easy hike - great for kids and older people.

hiking
1 month ago

Pleasant moderate falls hike. Was quite muddy when we had ventured out to this falls so check the weather and bring some decent shoes.

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