Waimano Falls Trail

MODERATE 271 reviews
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Waimano Falls Trail is a 2.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Pearl City, 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 but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
2.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
902 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

rocky

Directions from Honolulu: From H-1, exit at the Pearl City/Waimalu exit. Turn right on Moanalua Road at the end of the ramp. As Moanalua Road ends, turn right on Waimano Home Road. Continue on Waimano Home road until you reach a guard shack with a parking area on the left. Park here - the trails begin at the end of the chain link fence.

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3 days ago

completed this trail yesterday. It was a journey there and back. however, the end result made It all worth it. safety plays a big part in this route. do not be in a hurry to get down or back up. I would recommend this hike to most that have a somewhat decent hiking background. I do plan on doing this again in the future as the falls and pools made it worth wild!

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18 days ago

I see .... So many have suggested to upgrade from moderate to difficult. I agree! Don't disregard safety on the way "down". Slippery and serious roots to trip on. Return 'up' from pools will challenge most. Need plenty water. Loved the hike and the pools, but would think twice before doing it again. (Na, I'd do it!)

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19 days ago

I would say it's not toddler friendly, especially on the way back from the falls. We went in uninformed. There are spots on the trail with rope to help with descending & ascending because of the steep grade, loose gravel & muddy footing. Lots of tree roots and big rocks to go over or around. Husband carried our toddler most of the way back up & out.
Going down to the falls is an adventure, coming back up is a definitely a workout. Bring lots of water!

19 days ago

Hard the first time but gets better as you start to recognize the trail!

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20 days ago

Nice, short hike with a rewarding cool waterfall at the end! There's some nice rope swings too. Just be careful!
Went on a Sunday and thankfully missed the morning wave and made it down to the falls with just a couple people there. Got to take our pictures before the next wave came down.
Bring your GoPro so you don't drop your phone into the deep pool... we saw a girl that lost her phone and she was devastated!
There were a lot of kids coming out and dogs going in and out. At one point you think you're going the wrong way, but rest assure that the waterfall is down there.
Btw if you park by Pearl City High School (my alumni) you're at the wrong hike. You need to go up into Palisades. Just a FYI because we made that mistake. Lol

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22 days ago

Awesome place to hike me and my family had a great time rough on the 4 year old but he did it

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22 days ago

Hard trail for you everyday tourists. Please don't take your screaming child or grandparents on this trail. Your dog will get in the way and may even pull you down the trail. (I saw it happen). Very dangerous when wet. There are easier waterfalls to go see. Bring rope just in case the rope there fails, or someone in your party falls down an embankment.

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23 days ago

This hike is a lot of fun, however not for those who are averse to getting muddy. It's a moderate to difficult hike which has ropes and requires a bit of skill and patience. The short length is deceiving. This trail is not for those who are not sure-footed or not normally outdoorsy. The waterfall at the end is worth the scramble down but the crowd that gathers there can make it seem less serene than a photo may suggest.

Be prepared to get dirty, and have an awesome time on this trail, with the varied ways it tests a hikers skill sets!

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23 days ago

You can't get lost! Very nice trail. It's very hard to get into the water