Explore the most popular no dogs trails in Hawaii with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Aloha! I typically hike up 1-3 times a week and have been doing so for almost 3 years now. Went up 7 of the last 13 days. Had an awesome time out hiking today! I will be going again on Wednesday morning and this weekend Saturday and Sunday. Possibly other weekdays this week too. I have hiked most of the hikes on this island many many times! It is often windy and/or rainy but we never have issues as we always have the right gear (microspikes and gloves) which is supplied by me when we go. If you're looking to hike and want to link up or get some ideas of what this trail looks like feel free to reach out to me on my Instagram @mike.karas or mikekarasphotography@gmail.com. Bring plenty of water for this hike and other hikes out here in Hawaii

I highly recommend going through and returning the way listed on this map. We parked just down the street at around 4am and easily climbed through the hole in the fence to the right of the main gate.

We made the mistake of returning through the other gate, where we encountered the guard, had to crawl under the gate which was within feet of an angry pit bull, and were bombarded by angry neighbor verbal assaults, video recordings, and threatening up close encounters with the neighborhood dogs. Use the main road it’s way easier.

This is a workout, you will sweat your ass off in the beginning, then freeze up near the top. Bring an extra warm shirt or jacket in case you get too soaked like I did.

waterfall a bit overrated. not worth paying almost 16 bucks.lol. nice family walk

went on a Sunday it was extremely busy. nice view at the top.

Great hike with beautiful views! Just a bit crowded.

10 hours ago

It was 6.5 miles and takes about 6 hours. When you get to the fork, make a right so that you can climb up the waterfalls. Bring gloves because there’s a lot of rope climbing involved and it gets very muddy. The crater trail doesn’t have much cover so bring sunblock and at least 2 liters of water. Do the full crater hike past the water falls because the views of the entire island are worth it. Otherwise, you’ve wasted a long amount of time just going to the waterfalls. If you start before the sunrise, bring a headlamp because the hike starts with an immediate climb down.

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10 hours ago

The trail is quite strenuous, but not very difficult or dangerous. Just be careful if you go close to the edges and down the ridge. Well worth it in the end to get the absolutely gorgeous view! One of my best hikes ever!

Amazing and unique hike, like you're on the moon, above and in the clouds, and a sense of vastness and otherworldliness. Winds got very strong second day. Conditions change quickly so bring warm layers and winter gear if your going to camp out. 2 day hike in, camp and hike out possible with sufficient fitness. Will need to hitchhike down to lower parking lot if you start there and end at the summit.

Gorgeous, easy!

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muddy
rocky
19 hours ago

this trail is STEEP, so wear shoes with good tread.
a little muddy in places but not too bad.

i only went to the first peak; unfortunately i didn’t have time for all 3. the view from the top is gorgeous; you can see all of Kailua and then some.

there are ropes, but they are old. if you can, try to freeclimb the rocky parts.

overall, if you are in shape, this is a super fun trail and i will definitely be coming back to it.

if anyone is looking for a hiking partner I would love to go this week (21st-24th). please just email me @ hannahmariermt@gmail.com

I recommend this trail for all. I do suggest wearing sneakers. Terrain has smooth sections, some rocky bits, and roots. You can definitely do it in sandals as I did but I find sneakers better grip the rocks. Once finished from the lot there is a nice walk over to the beach. A++.

Beautiful and easy trail!

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muddy
washed out
1 day ago

Lots of reviews mention that this trail is muddy but I don’t think I was prepared for exactly how muddy it turned out to be. We went the day after some rain and the trail was shoe-sucking muddy from the very beginning until the end. You WILL be caked in it by the time you finish. We had planned to take the loop back to the beginning after the 3rd waterfall but missed it somehow as it was raining and there was very little visibility with the fog/vog. We ended up doing the crater ascent in this and it was pretty unnerving. Everything was incredibly slippery/ impossible to avoid sliding and there was one part in particular that I needed a boost from a military dude behind us to get up because there was literally nothing to grab onto but slick clay. Considering we had no view because of the fog it probably wasn’t worth the ascent but it was too treacherous to turn back. The slow pace caused about 5-9 of us to end up doing it in a group which made everyone feel a lot safer and we had a great time. Overall, didn’t need to do the summit but it definitely made for a very challenging and memorable hike. Planned to take about 4-5 hours with short loop back but it ended up taking us almost 7 with the slow pace. Our watches showed about 7 miles instead of the 5 listed here but with the elevation change it sure felt like more than that.

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muddy
1 day ago

Between moderate and hard, it’s a reverse trail so way back is uphill. There are some challenging points but I actually had more trouble on the decline with the mud than on the way up. Boots or hiking shoes are a must.

Views are spectacular of the na’apali coast line.

Got there at 8:30 and was done by 12:30 pm.

To hike all the way to the farthest lookout you go through a grassy tree portion of the peak which is the only portion where the trail wasn’t completely clear. 5 stars! Have fun :)

This is trail information from/to the second waterfall (passing the first waterfall). There are as many as 10 waterfalls I read but we were just interested in the second waterfall. Super muddy. Trail is hard to follow as the markers change colors but we used pink in the beginning and green towards the waterfalls (descending the mountainside). The waterfall was trickling as the weather has been kinda dry this weekend. Slippery and muddy in some areas but definitely a hike for most peoples and some four legged friends. Be careful crossing the freeway!

Great and easy trail up to a great view point! Ideally, you go early in the day before the clouds to Mauna Lona move in and cover views and sun! Fun to meet the locals: cattle, goats and sheep...

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rocky
scramble
1 day ago

If there was an extra hard, it would be this Hike. Come ready to rock climb, because there’s a ton. Totally worth it! The view is amazing and the hike is challenging.

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private property
rocky
1 day ago

Saddened by the inability to hike this trail. Upon arrival, there was a vehicle that was clearly broken into and police were taking a report. Additionally, this hike is on YMCA grounds: address: 69-385 Farrington Hwy, Waialua, HI 96791. Trail should reflect private property.

I've been going every weekend. this past Saturday it was very cloudy and muddy. If you want to avoid getting fined/arrested I will be going up this Saturday the 26th the legal backway. In my opinion going up the stairs all the way gets boring, the backway is more of an adventure and there are better views. It can get pretty muddy and windy. Crampons(spikes) recommended, I do have some spare spikes.
If interested send me a message on instagram @angelo_q or email me at chicolo@hotmail.com for details. Make sure to bring plenty of water and food

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over grown
1 day ago

One of best hikes on island. Very well marked. Elevation gain is real. The ropes help but definitely underestimated at first.

absolutely stunning views of oahu at the top. wear a hat. bring water. the sun is hot and unrelenting. the pathway is paved for a little and then becomes uneven rock. i definitely would recommend it to anyone. my handicapped dad didn’t go to the summit but was able to walk up to about 700ft elevation.

What you should know:
Trail starts at the very worn path next to, or maybe on, private property.
Narrow trail along a cliff.
Unofficial nude beach at the end.

If you're accepting of those 3 things then you are in for a real treat. The water against the red beach and vibrant jungle is stunning. Protected little cove with no waves.

We brought our 5 year old with us. Held his hand the whole time. The end was a little sketchy but the beach was in sight, so we slowed down for that 50 foot section. He thought the beach was so cool and was excited to jump in the water. He could've cared less about the nude guy and topless girl.

Really short hike but good shoes required as you're walking on potentially wet lava rocks. A fall is gonna hurt.
Pretty amazing to see mother nature in action, can't find rock formations like that many other places.

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1 day ago

Closed!

on Mount Kaala Trail

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1 day ago

The last few rope sections were muddy and somewhat sketchy. Otherwise, a very fun hike.

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closed
1 day ago

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scramble
1 day ago

One of my all time favourite hikes. From jungle to clay slopes and steep rocky scrambles, this trail has it all. Amazing views to be well deserved after a challenging climb.

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1 day ago

Don’t miss out on the Falls of Makahiku. There’s a closed trail sign and a fence to slip though but the view is lovely. Despite two days of rain, the trail was barely muddy. Excellent hike.

A beautiful but technical and treacherous hike. We hiked anti clockwise to the third waterfall then took the path to the right to circle around the crater ridge. The path around the crater was extremely muddy and slippery (I fell a few times). The ascent to the peak of the ridge was very steep and some parts were difficult even with assistance ropes (good upper body strength was required). The views of the crater and the beach and buildings were great. Once we completed the crater ridge we descended via a different path (not via the waterfalls). It took us about 8 hours (going at a slow pace). The All Trails app says the hike is 5 miles (including the crater ridge) but my gps watch recorded 7 miles.

If I were to hike this again I would skip the crater ridge as I felt that the effort was not worth the view a second time. Instead, I would take the path to the left at the top of the third waterfall to connect and descend via the non waterfall path.

Tips:
- If you normally wear glasses, wear contacts. My glasses kept steaming up due to the moisture in the air.
- Do not wear quality pants and socks. They will get extremely muddy from the trail, the climbing and where you have to slide down the path because it is too muddy/slippery to walk
- Hiking poles would have helped
- We carried 3L of water per person which was too much. 1.5L would have been enough as the trail was cool (we went in Jan - temperature of Honolulu was 80 Fahrenheit) and the path was well covered (except for the crater ridge)
- Go with a group, on the crater ridge, having a helping hand or a boost up the muddy, steep ascents was very helpful
- Leave a change of clothes and plastic bags for dirty clothes post hike.

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