Manoa Falls Trail

EASY 1,276 reviews
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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.

3 minutes ago

I felt like I was in Fern Gully!!! It was gorgeous, surreal, and a good hike! Can be a bit slippery so wear good shoes and be ready to be in awe!!!

hiking
10 hours ago

It’s starts beautiful as there are amazing views of the rainforest and it’s fauna, but as the trail continues it gets tight with far too many people on this trail and the views never live up to the opening scene. We found our family standing and waiting 8-10 minutes due to traffic on the trail, yikes. I find the trails of Lyon Arboretum far more rewarding just above Manoa falls trailhead.

hiking
1 day ago

Left for the trail at about 11 AM right after it rained, then had to pay 5 dollars upfront to enter the trailhead and there was still plenty of parking space available. Because it had just recently rained there was lots of mud which made the rocks we were climbing on slippery. The hike itself was about an hour of steady hiking with a beautiful waterfall at the end.

1 day ago

Nice hike but way too many people on small trail.

2 days ago

Enjoyable, Easy, and worth it at the end!

hiking
3 days ago

Did this last week, great hike, awesome pictures.

4 days ago

way to many people!!!

4 days ago

Pretty easy hike with a waterfall at the end as a reward. Went early before the lot attendant arrived, but we still had to pay upon leaving. Go early as the parking lot was full by 9am.

walking
6 days ago

Beautiful and so worth it. The most crowded times is early morning/noon, later on gets a bit better. Fun for everyone, would suggest to wear safe shoes since it’s gets muddy/slippery places. For a tourists, I would suggest this waterfall as a must to visit what doesn’t take a lot of effort but are so beautiful.

8 days ago

Wear shoes with good traction! I wore hiking boots and my kids had water socks. Both worked fine for the slippery trail. Gorgeous hike. We started at 6pm and were the only ones there.

8 days ago

Good easy hike!

hiking
9 days ago

This is a very crowded trail is the only reason I'm giving 3 stars instead of 5. If it wasn't so crowded, I would give 5. If it has been raining, be prepared to get your shoes muddy.

nature trips
10 days ago

Good easy trail for all ages. Took our 3 year old (have to carry her most of the way as she nodded off) and our 8 year old no problem.
A bit muddy when rain, especially if you go up to the trail on the left having reached the water fall. Beautiful bamboo lined trail from this part.

12 days ago

Nice short hike.... crowded....

14 days ago

Nice short hike with a great waterfall at the end. Regular workout shoes were sufficient.

hiking
15 days ago

Beautiful. Very slippery when it is raining so be careful.

hiking
17 days ago

It was such an enjoyable hike. Not hard at all and the sights along the way were amazing. It was a bit crowded but manageable. The only thing was how muddy the trail was. Not sure if it had recently rained, but some parts were kind of slippery.

19 days ago

It’s a good fun family hike, just kinda disappointing on the fact that it’s crowded. And once we got to the falls it was just overcrowded. However we started at 9ish got done around 10. Maybe that’s just the peak times?

hiking
21 days ago

Pretty easy hike. The waterfall is roped off but people still swim. That's great if you plan to swim. Inconvenient if you want to take pictures of the falls. I saw people on the trail in a cast boot and one on crutches. This hike is NOT appropriate for anyone who can't climb lots of stairs.

hiking
22 days ago

Awesome hike. It does get muddy and some areas are slippery. Also, it is extremely crowded. I would recommend getting there as early as you can. There is a $5 parking charge so bring cash.

hiking
23 days ago

We enjoyed our hike! The trees, plants and water surrounding the area was amazing. Waterfall was beautiful in a scenic area. Heavy traffic and it was pretty muddy, at the end in the parking lot there are hoses to rinse shoes in needed.

23 days ago

Definitely the most beautiful hike I have done. It wasn’t too crowded when we went on a Wednesday afternoon. A little bit strenuous going up but really worth it for the falls at the end.

hiking
23 days ago

Super muddy when we went (mid-June) and the waterfall at the end was beautiful but extremely crowded. A nice afternoon hike but I’d try during an off-peak time to really enjoy it without the crowd!

A nice perk was that it’s dog friendly. We brought our sweet girl a 18 pound Yorkie/Silky mix and she was able to handle it.

hiking
25 days ago

Was a nice little hike, a little more strenuous then easy I would say. The waterfall was nice at the end just very crowded

hiking
28 days ago

started early in morning and wasnt that crowded. pretty easy hike, great waterfall at top. would recommend! pretty slippery, be careful if it just rained.

hiking
28 days ago

We went in the early evening and it wasn’t too crowded. The falls were nice! The vegetation was incredible!

hiking
29 days ago

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

1 month ago

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

1 month 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.

1 month ago

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

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