Waimano Falls Trail

MODERATE 433 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
770 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

rocky

Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau, 2270 Kalakaua Avenue, Suite 801 , Honolulu, HI, 96815, Phone: 800-GOHAWAII, Fax: 808-924-0290

hiking
8 days ago

This hike was hard as hell!!! I truly got lost along the way and turned back mid way... however, I seen a few people walking and asked if they knew where they were going. Luckily, they did and I managed to finish the trail and make it to the waterfall.

The waterfall was tiny but the water was still deep! I managed to jump off of both rock points and swung on the rope. By far, one of my favorites! However, it was a pain in the ass getting to and from. So prepare yourself!!!

8 days ago

It's been dry so there was only a trickle...

Walked this with a five and 8 year old and I didn’t consider it moderate it was hard since it was slick and slippery with lots of climbing over rocks where I had to lift my five year old and we didn’t even go to the actual waterfall just to the lower pool. Will do it again one day when kids are older and it hasn’t rained in days.

hiking
14 days ago

Not sure about this trail — half of it was literally rock climbing, the other half was steep downhill. It was a cool first time experience but I wouldn’t rate this hike moderate I would definitely say it’s hard coming from someone who has hiked moderately before, this was challenging but fun if you’re into that sort of thing.

hiking
17 days ago

Great, quick hike with nice waterfalls. The pool beneath the lower falls is deep enpugh to swim. Many people were jumping off the rocks and using the rope swing. The hike is steep in places with an abundance of roots but nothing too difficult. Plenty of young children did the full hike with us.

hiking
17 days ago

A lot longer than expected. It took 2 hours at a moderate/ slow pace. Waterfall was beautiful though. I'd rate this as more hard than medium.

hiking
19 days ago

It was a beautiful hike, and quite a bit of fun, but it was poorly marked. There were two other groups of hikers who suggested I turn around because of the likeliness of getting lost in the thick forest, but I pushed ahead a bit further.
I wasn’t able to make it to the falls because of some recently fallen trees. However, the areas I hiked were awesome! I especially enjoyed the uphill trek with the tree roots!

hiking
20 days ago

***Waimano Waterfall Hike***

We brought our kids on the hike, seeing as how AllTrails labeled it as kid-friendly. They (Daughter 8 and Son 7) were troopers and made it all the way down the rocks, to the waterfall, and back up again without much of a fuss. We saw a couple of other hikers with younger kids, around 4-6 years old, have to turn around about halfway through.

Just a disclaimer, if you're looking for a family hike Waimano falls is mostly downhill and you'll have to use everything at your disposal to keep from slipping around. I believe around 7 years old is probably the sweet spot but you know your kids better than I. Wear hiking shoes and be ready to get your hands dirty.

You'll run into two forks in the trails and everyone we ran into told us to go left. Whats the difference? Well from experience, the right side is a more gradual slope making it longer to get to the waterfall. The left side is a bit steeper and will get you there quicker.

At the first fork, both sides lead to the same spot so either way is fine. The second fork, the left side will bring you to a point midway up the waterfall with a choice to get down to the waterfall by climbing down about 5 feet of rope or you can go to the tide pool, a miniature waterfall before the actual waterfall. The right side of the fork will bring you down to the tide pool and you'll have to climb up 5 feet of rope and then down about 5 feet of rope to get to the actual waterfall.

Happy Hiking! Mahalo.

25 days ago

Well worth the downhill there and uphill back. The water is usually deep enough to jump in.

29 days ago

Great trail! Took about 45 minutes each way. Easy getting there, great work out leaving. The pool was beautiful!

hiking
1 month ago

A bit Muddy and steep slippery parts. Overall a good hike but I would personally not be able to take my kids (6&3) as it is too steep. Wear solid shoes with a good grip. Lots of shade. Got a bit lost so stay alert go left for quicker and right for less steep (more mud) and to the right really keep your eye on the trail.

1 month ago

Awesome all the way down. Beautiful bamboo and giant banyans.

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2 months ago

Different types of terrain. Wear hiking shoes! This was the first hike I had to carry my dog, & she's pretty sturdy! The vertical hike on the way back really f'ed her up

2 months ago

This was one of the most beautiful settings I’ve ever seen!

2 months ago

Little rough going in some spots and can get real muddy but well worth the hike

hiking
3 months ago

My first time trying a moderate leveled hike! It was great. Parking isn't very ideal seeing as it's out on a busy road in front of people's houses. I would definitely recommend to get there the earlier the better. And definitely DEFINITELY bring actual hiking shoes!!! My boyfriend and I were wearing nikes and I can't count how many times we slipped and fell because of how muddy it was. We brought our 1 year old golden retriever and it was the perfect outing for her!! Also, make sure you wear a swimsuit under your clothes! After the long hike you'll be happy you stopped and swam in the waterfall before heading back. We arrived at noon and finished up just around 4.

hiking
3 months ago

Good little hike. Very muddy and slippery most of the way. Great waterfall at the end.

hiking
3 months ago

Last half mile to the waterfall is a steep descent with rock scrambling. The end is worth it! It felt good to cool off in the water before taking the steep climb out.

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