Old Pali Road

MODERATE 105 reviews

Old Pali Road is a 7.5 mile heavily trafficked point-to-point 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. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

7.5 miles
2,847 feet
Point to Point

dog friendly

kid friendly



mountain biking

nature trips

trail running




wild flowers




old growth

over grown


5 days ago

This was for sure closer to 10 miles one way, beautiful trail with lots of tiny waterfalls and beautiful views.

nature trips
1 month ago

This hike is closer to 10 miles. Be prepared for passing showers and a slippery, sometimes precipitous trail. The Waimanalo end of the trail is too narrow for bikes.

4 months ago

Very beautiful hike. They did update the gate outside the Pali lookout, but still somewhat easy to sneak through the sides on the gate.

5 months ago

They did put up a gate, making it way harder to get passed, unless you’re daring. So disappointing because this was one of my favorites.

5 months ago

Very nice and relaxing hike. I will be doing this again soon. It was wet before I got there and it poured rain while hiking out but I still loved every bit of it!

6 months ago

Awesome hike when it’s dry, the road and terrain gets muddy and slippery when wet, take caution.

7 months ago

1/15/2018-Started around 0800 and only came across 1 group of 3 people and 1 biker during our trek. Wasn’t too sunny but the view from Pali Lookout was beautiful as always.

9 months ago

Started the hike at the Pali Lookout. Bypassed the barricade with caution. Great views, easy trail to follow, several down branches to climb over but nothing dangerous. At mile 4.9 the trail is giving way which is where I turned around because I was hiking alone and decided to use common sense.

I’ll return again to complete the hike when I can get a friend to come with me.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

did this hike in late June, path was closed and barricaded due to da her of falling rocks; however it is easy to get past. views are incredible and the hike is generally easy.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

5/28/2017-Started from Pali Lookout this time and hike was a little slick from rain last night. A little humid with the sun being out and some mosquitoes otherwise views from the top were great!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

5/20/2017-Husband and I chose the trailhead at Ko'olau Golf Course to start from and after a couple of wrong turns, managed to find our way to Pali Lookout. Encountered several groups on the way up and enjoyed the wonderful scenery!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

You can take this road from the Pali Lookout to a pretty cool and unique waterfall underneath the (New) Pali Highway. Also the views along Old Pali Road itself are incredible. For more information on this check out my blog post!


Saturday, January 07, 2017

This trail is closed due to falling rocks. Lookout is pretty though!

Monday, October 31, 2016

It was a nice hike. Very shaded. Not too slippery. Not too muddy.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

We entered through barricades and fences stating falling rocks. Hike at your own risk. Great hike...except we couldn't find the likeke waterfall. Take someone with you who has been there before. We enjoyed walking the old paved road. It was muddy was once we got on the trail. Take bug spray!!! Also, the Pali lookout at the beginning of the hike is beautiful.

trail running
Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Pretty awesome trail run. started at Pali lookout and ran a little past the maulawili split. About 6.33 miles round trip 1hour 50min. on Garmin 610.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Easy hike. Started from the Pali Lookout. Will do it again in the near future!

Monday, September 26, 2016

Hike is completely closed off. There was an apparent rockslide. Unless you're willing to bypass the gate that was out up and climb over the pile of rocks go for it. We had kids with us, the only reason we didn't continue on with the hike.

Monday, September 12, 2016

This was a fun hike! Pretty steep and bring mosquito spray!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

this trail is closed due to rock slide- I was just there today. the park ranger have no indication that it would be corrected anytime soon.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Fun! 1st attempt me and my friends had to turn back because it was pouring buckets and the road turned into a flood up to our knees. Not safe, we also had a young boy with us. 2nd time completed 10/31/15 a while ago. Pretty waterfall nice workout!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

beautiful walk with awesome views. the old pali road is very neat

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Parked at Pali Lookout, trail is closed due to rock slide. Is there another way to get in on the trail.

Sunday, April 03, 2016

a very easy hike, this is not part of the Pali notches trail.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Nice easy hike for the family. We have always started at the Pali lookout and then go under the Pali highway to link up to another trail. My husband has taken the trail with his friends all the way to Muanawili a 12 mile hike.

mountain biking
Sunday, February 28, 2016

This was a fun bike ride but tough since it was up hill and pretty wet. Not to mention having to take our bikes under the Pali Hwy and up a wooden ladder. You can connect to the Maunawili Trail from here. Beautiful views from the Old Pali lookout and you can keep going to the Pali Lookout currently used as well.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

SOOOO MUDDY, be very careful when doing this hike, a lot of narrow paths. Getting to the waterfall and relaxing is always the best part.

Wednesday, December 02, 2015

Beautiful easy hike. The trail is very clear so you can't get lost. It can be very muddy m, though, so wear proper footwear.

Friday, October 02, 2015

This was a great hike. We followed the directions in Oahu Revealed, and used Stuart Ball's book as a reference. We had a lot of rain so the trail had some slick areas. There was a recent land slide with a couple of trees down shortly after leaving Auloa-Ki'ona'ole road and climbing the stone steps. Once getting past the tree it wasn't long before getting to the path that crosses this one at the top of the ridge. Make sure to continue straight. The other tricky spot was identifying the spur trail to the waterfall. We passed a spur trail on the left that led no where. The correct trail looked like a Y, but we could hear the waterfall so tried it. It was more than 100 yards to the fall, but it was amazing. I saw more varied fruit trees, blooming flowers and birds than on any hike I've done in Hawaii.

nature trips
Saturday, December 27, 2014

Nice easy hike, a little over half was paved. Interesting to think of driving this road back in the day. Good for kids, wouldn't recommend a baby backpack as you have to go under the highway which has a low clearance. The falls were nice and I want to check out the stone road further another day, really curious about the history of it. Only took a couple of hours.

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