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Emesine cave


Looking for Emesine cave

It had been dry for a week so nothing really to see. Just peekaboo views of the river and the pots I imagine would have been really cool the day we left since it had rained for 24 hrs. It looks like there used to be a trail that would give you better views that was closed off.

The trail is hard to see and is across the street on the far side of the bridge. It's quite bushy and you can find you way ok. It skirts the river and one misstep could put you in the drink.

The falls are pretty. There is no real hike here although maybe in days past. All side trails towards the river were closed off with no entry permitted. I heeded the signs and did not go beyond the overlook. Same with Boiling pots.

29 days ago

Cool falls. Seems like it rains all the time in Hilo though. Not a hike...you get out of your car and walk a path up to the overlook. Kid friendly, even saw some older people with canes making the walk up the rock path.

1 month ago

Fun cave. There are low spots in the right cave and we got a little tuned around. It splits a little ways in, if you go to the left there is a blue painted stop (So we stopped). If you go to the right, well that's where we got turned around, and we think we ended up on the entrance trail, not sure, but ended up at the split again. There are big orange arrows to show you the way out from there! We took our 2 year old and 5 year old. Both loved it!

Defiantly bring closed your shoes and lights if you are going deep in the cave.

1 month ago

The trail is not that accurate. Cross the bridge and park off the road and take the small trail going up the hill towards the waterfall. Do not take the trail going under the bridge

1 month ago

Best view of the day!

2 months ago

This was amazing.. if you go deep and explore the caves you get the full experience. Bring a headlamp and hiking boots..you will get wet

2 months ago

Please don't "climb over the rocks" to get a better view. We have had rain here everyday for over a month. I work across the street- the river is fast and high.

Quick and easy view. Not really a hike at all. Except to go up the stairs to see it from the top.

I'm sure this is a beautiful trail, but I also don't want to get abducted while trying to see it.

I was about to begin the trail with my mom, when a car pulled over by where I was parked and the two locals inside kindly advised us against it. The man told us that a young man had been abducted in the last few weeks while hiking this trail, and although the views were lovely, that it was the type of area where people could hide and catch you if you weren't well-guarded. He mentioned that a group or burly-looking guy could probably manage, but not two ladies. Shame to be a woman at times like these.

Paying it forward - hopefully no one else gets hurt here.

Awesome cave
Go down on the left cave. Under the. Platform, you can go on for. Several mete (almost 1 km)
Make sure ti bring a flash light

Beautiful lookout over the falls! The lookout is really close to the parking lot, so not really a hike. You can head up a staircase and climb over some rocks to see the falls from the top, I would definitely recommend doing that.

Amazing waterfalls! Water drops down almost vertically.

So much to see! After you stop at the overload to see the waterfall, drive on past the the actual lookout and park at the next pull off area on the left. Cross the road into the wooden area...unbelievable trees-beyond description! Excellent for kids (& adults) to play on. Continue on through a narrow pathway to find a path to a swimming area-gorgeous! You can't see the waterfall from here. In fact, it was all so beautiful, we forgot to go back to see the waterfall but didn't even care.

4 months ago

This is an incredible cave. As mentioned below, there is access to the left and right of the entrance.

To the left it is about a 15 minute walk to the openings at the end. No real views on top that I could see, just jungle, but it's still pretty cool. At the beginning the cave appears to end, but keep going through the 4-5 ft opening and it really opens up. Four of us went the entire way with our cell phone lights no problem. Good flashlights would have been nice though. You definitely want closed+toed shoes.

To the right, is much like the left side but from what I've read goes on for nearly two miles of accessible cave.

4 months ago

Not a hike an overlook and you can take the hidden trails to the tide pools.

4 months ago

A little muddy and overgrown. Some lookouts aren’t solid ground so look before stepping. Beautiful at the top!

4 months ago

Just follow the rock carns and everything will be a-ok. it's actually a 12.6 mile round trip trail 6.3 in and 6.4 back - the turn around point is in po-oh trailhead and is marked wo th a large 15x15 meter clearing. I walked the powerlines back and used Google Maps because was sick of hopping from boulder to boulder.

A rocky trail. Didn’t get far because it is also a place where there is hunting and we saw some people shooting. Clearly a good idea to bring some neon gear.

Water flow was low = not impressive.

So fun! Make sure to bring headlamps/flashlights and wear sturdy shoes. The cave on the right is long and meandering. The cave on the left is short and has 2 skylights; at the second one you can climb up to the surface, but you must return back thru the cave to the exit. At times, the floor can be rough/uneven, you will have to scramble over boulders, and you may have to squat low (no need to get on your hands and knees though). There is also some dripping water and puddles. Sad to see the walls have lots of graffiti on them (mostly the cave on the right). It is like the “high adventure” version of Thurston Lava Tube. It is definitely underrated, but that is great because it keeps the crowds away.

5 months ago

Make sure you bring your swimsuit!

6 months ago

First half has plenty of beautiful eye candy. The second half is pretty boring, but it's a great hike for getting those steps!

Beautiful falls. Not really a hike, but an overlook. Very popular.

Hardly a hike, but beautiful rainbows!

Pretty falls, but not really a hike- more of a very populated overlook. None the less, the falls were beautiful.

Not a hike, but an easily accessible quick stop to a beautiful waterfall, so definitety worth it.

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