Explore the most popular nature trips trails near Hilo with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

The first part of the trail from the parking area to the intersection with the power line road is my favorite trail on this road. It meanders through several kipukas where you can see several endemic species of birds. The kipukas also provide shade and a magical experience as you walk through the old Koa and o’hia forests. You also walk through a few meadows. Nice! Once you get to the powerline road the shade is limited and the surface you are walking on is somewhat rocky. The worst part is the last .8 mile—the trail follows the busy highway with cars speeding by at 70 mph. Unnerving! I suggest you turn back at the powerline road and walk the forested path back the way you came.

This is not a hike but it is a pretty Falls. You cannot get down to the actual water. There are rails to prevent that.

1 month ago

Amazing experience.

Okay falls, no hiking allowed

Very interesting to see this lava tube as it is free of charge compared to other lava tube visits that charge $25 pp. We believe this was sufficient to explore a lava tube and we went all the way to the far end which was interesting.

Not very special. I guess it most rain a lot in order to make this river looking boiling.

No a hike, just a parking lot with a waterfall.

Amazing. looks like a popular access point for swimming at the base of the falls. Lots of locals at the bridge where everyone parked. you can hike past where the swimming hole is which takes you up to the falls you see from the bridge. if you take overgrown trails to the right off the main path you'll find a smaller set of falls. lovely hike, lots of careful climbing. I could see how someone can surprise you on this trail. A local hiker covered in tribal tats and carrying a backpack crossed paths with me while sitting at the edge of a tidepool. Was a Friendly type.

When I read the review that you’ll get wet I assumed they meant walk through a stream, the water’s actually dripping from the roots in the ceiling. Reviews also say headlamps are necessary and they’re definitely not for the right cave (phone works) but could be nice for the left cave. We were fine anyways. Close toed shoes definitely necessary. My friend in vans slipped (not bad/doable) and I was fine in my timberlands.

The right cave is easy and more friendly because it’s short and just stops.

The left cave requires some low stances (watch your head) and traversing rocks. It also opens up to a huge tube a few times. There are reassuring orange arrows/dots depicting the way out (same way in). At the end of the tube there are a few holes which you physically could climb out of but I do not recommend. For one, where are you, two is that a maintained trail, three the signs specifically say exit through the entrance. So go back out through the cave.

Also be aware the weather may change by the time you’re out of the cave. Sunny for us when we went in and pouring when we came out. Car’s not far from the entrance so it was okay.

nature trips
3 months ago

Absolutely beautiful. I wouldn’t consider it as much of a hike as it is a lookout. That said, worth the stop. Please stay on the main trail, as you could be fined for walking off, but more importantly it keeps you and the local ecosystem safe. The right is wheelchair friendly, the left requires stairs (the right is a better view of the falls anyways). There is a bathroom and seems highly trafficked, but it was easy for us to take pictures around the people.

walking
3 months ago

Beautiful overlook. This is a two level overlook - there is no trail at all.

Easy waterfall, just walk out of the parking lot to see it. Cool Banyan trees at the top of the falls.

on Rainbow Falls Trail

walking
4 months ago

Quick and Easy walk with nice view of the fall and surrounding

Not hike - just a lookout point. You’ll see the beautiful rainbows if you arrive in the morning, when the sun is behind you.

Beautiful area & local folklore of the river explained on boards. Hiking area closed is though.

walking
5 months ago

5/27/2018-Not much of a hike, it’s more like a short walk. The parking lot is rather small considering the number of visitors and buses that park there.

walking
5 months ago

5/26/2018-It wasn’t a lazy river today! However not enough rain has fallen lately to get it to really boil either. Still, we enjoyed our visit!

hiking
6 months ago

Emesine cave

https://paulcpeh.wixsite.com/mysite/blog/lava-tubes

hiking
6 months ago

Looking for Emesine cave
https://paulcpeh.wixsite.com/mysite/blog/lava-tubes

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.

walking
6 months 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.

hiking
7 months 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.

hiking
7 months 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

7 months ago

Best view of the day!

hiking
8 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

hiking
8 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.

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