Upper Makua Cave

MODERATE 39 reviews

Upper Makua Cave is a 0.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Mākaha Valley, Hawaii that features a cave. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking and walking.

DISTANCE
0.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
419 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

hiking

walking

cave

views

muddy

rocky

no dogs

hiking
9 days ago

We parked at the beach area and started before the 25 mph sign. You definitely want to start the trail AT the 25 mph sign and follow the tree line (there’s three or four trees) up the dirt trail. You’ll stay right and the trail will go alongside the mountain/cliff and lead to a small cave. Around that is the bigger cave. Awesome views, but if you get to a part where you’re literally rock climbing and hanging on for life, you’re going the wrong way. We climbed straight up and then saw the trail and had to climb back down. It’s easy to get lost because of all the water runoffs which look like trails.

1 month ago

I got to makua caves in under an hour. There's a path right at the sign and that's what we took. While there are crumbly rocks, for me it was easy, just take it slow. The path will eventually open up more and lead to a fork, go right until you're on a dirt path on the side of the mountain looking at the ocean. You'll run into the 2 caves

1 month ago

It’s a beautiful view..... but it’s not a cave at the top. At least we didn’t find it.

2 months ago

DANGEROUS. The loose gravel is no joke. Very steep with nothing to help keep you stable coming or going. I do agree the views are spectacular, but definitely not worth risking if you are a novice. Not for children.Begin the hike thru the speed limit sign entrence. Don’t trust a single rock whether big or small. Keep some space between yourself and anyone ahead of you, again gravel is very loose.

hiking
3 months ago

It’s a short but steep hike. Go early because there’s no cover and it gets hot. Keep going up but be careful not to overshoot. You’ll see the path veer to the right. There’s a lot of loose gravel and sand so I used hands to crawl up and then on the way down, I practically crab Walked down. Wear shoes with good grip or you’ll be sliding.

3 months ago

It was a short hike with a beautiful view at the top, this hike you really need your shoes. one part of the hike is just rocks and it was a bit hard to climb up because it was loose rocks. other then that part the trail is easy, depending on your level.

5 months ago

Quick short hike. Although, very steep and sketchy. I wouldn’t recommend going pass the second cave. My buddy and I attempted to climb up top but ran into a dead end. Going down took forever because we had to be extra cation.

hiking
6 months ago

Wow, the upper cave area is a steep climb and not for the novice. Wear good shoes, NO flops. The views are awesome. The lower cave is really fun to explore, gotta have your wits about you if going in the belly of the mountain.

6 months ago

This hike is great as long as you go in the correct trail! We accidentally went in the first trail but it’s the second one!! Rewarding views for a fairly short incline...put our spikes on halfway up and it made all the difference in gripping the crumbly ground and rocks! Highly recommend for that part!

6 months ago

AllTrails rating is incorrect. It is short but very steep, with loose rocks and (in places) slippery mud. It is,actually, dangerous if you are not careful. All that said, once you get to the upper cave, the view is phenomenal. Just be very careful, ensure that the rock you are grabbing or using for a foothold is secure, use roots and trees for support but they are not to support full weight. Trail would be easier if it was dry all the way. Proper footwear is a must. Did I mention the fantastic views from the top? Glad we did it!

hiking
6 months ago

Walk to the cave is easy and very cool. The trail to the left of the entrance is very sketchy. Would not recommend to anybody. The earth is loose and the towering cliffs above look like they could shed rocks at any moment. Not worth the risk, just check out the cave and go elsewhere for an elevated view.

7 months ago

Beautiful view at sunset

hiking
7 months ago

short but steep!

7 months ago

The views were phenomenal once we got to the Caves; however, I would not describe this hike as easy. Although it was a short hike, the terrain was anything but easy to traverse. There are tons of loose rocks and not many places to grab a hold of and place your feet for stability. Definitely do not recommend taking your kids on this one.

7 months ago

not ok for kids or pets. very steep and mostly loose gravel.

hiking
8 months ago

Great views, but upper cave is definitely NOT kid friendly and not super easy. Short hike and worth it, but very steep and lots of rocks to slip on and tumble down.

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