Waimano Falls Trail

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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.

21 hours ago

more than expected. great hike!

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4 days ago

There was not a lot of water but that made the hike less slippery. Trail was pretty easy to follow and marked well. There was one time I was confused right when I turned around to come back but I look at my app/map and figured it out pretty quickly

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6 days ago

This is a pretty heavily trafficked trail in the area, and street parking can be a bit difficult to find so don't be too discouraged if you have to park quite a ways away. The trail itself starts out fairly open on old pavement into dirt. Eventually you will begin your descent in the forest, and it is a bit jungle-y (very muddy after recent rainfall and very humid). Eventually it will take you to 3 waterfalls, one of which has rope swings if you're feeling adventurous. The falls area does tend to get quite busy so don't assume you will have it to yourself. The trek back can be tiring uphill through the mud and over root systems.

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16 days ago

It doesn't start off too exciting but the falls are a good reward. You can jump from the cliffs into the water and even swing from the ropes to cool off. There is a good amount of sun exposure at the beginning of the trail, but once you get going deeper into the forest you reach more coverage.

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19 days ago

7/29/2017-Started around 0745 and ground was pretty dry at the beginning. The trek down to the waterfall was muddy as usual but not too slippery at least. Waterfall was nice and the pools were cool. Came across 25 groups/solo hikers, but most of them seem to hike around 0900-0930 so getting an early start is recommended to avoid crowds. Weather was on the warm side so stay hydrated!

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27 days ago

I initially thought everyone was exaggerating in the comments. They really aren't. I've done many many hikes and this was pretty intense. Very important to stick to the left side going DOWN once you get to a graffitied sign. Once you start to descend the road gets narrow and slippery. Plan your next 3-4 steps in case you slip. Once i got to the ropes I voluntarily slip down and covered my behind in mud. It was just impossible to go down without falling. You'll reach a small stream of water after you've descended cardiac hill, follow the rope and get ready for the hardest part of the trail. Very narrow, very slippery, not much to hold on to. The fall is amazing and worth it. On the bright side, my 10 year old daughter was with me and did better than I did. It is doable, just be prepared and careful.

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30 days ago

Take note of all comments below. I did this yesterday after a fairly decent downpour of rain - it was very muddy and slippery from the point of starting the slow decent down the canyon side. Once I reached "cardiac" hill as i've seen it called it was fairly tricky. Couple of slips to be expected. Tree roots are NOT your friends when wet. Use all ropes and tree branches as support and tread very carefully. Coming back up was a lot easier than heading down. After the crazy part of the descent you'll hit a T-junction. Left to the falls, but right is quite interesting for the first 100m as the trail becomes extremely narrow between dense bushes.