Explore the most popular wild flowers 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.

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9 days 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.

15 days 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

1 month 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.

5/28/2018-Not raining today but it was overcast for most of the day. Lots of people around but still a nice tranquil walk through the park!

2 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.

5/26/2018-It was raining on and off today but it was nice being able to see it!

3 months ago

Emesine cave


Beautiful park to explore and just kick back. Beautifully maintained. Coconut island has nice views of Hilo town and the bay

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.

3 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.

5 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.

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.

7 months ago

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

7 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.

7 months ago

Make sure you bring your swimsuit!

8 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.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Hardly a hike, but beautiful rainbows!

Thursday, August 03, 2017

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

Saturday, July 29, 2017

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

Monday, July 24, 2017

Drive up photo op spot. The banyan at the top was incredible.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

The west side of the loop is much more interesting than the east side (the power line road). The west side has several kīpukas and lots of relatively smooth pāhoehoe for an enjoyable hike. About 1.3 miles from the Pu'u O'o trailhead, there's a roughly quarter-mile stretch of ʻaʻā, but that's all. About 4.75 miles from the trailhead, the west side of the loop intersects with the power line road. The power line road takes you back to Saddle Road over 3.5 miles of loose rock. It was cloudy when I hiked it, so I can't speak to any views from the power line road. Regarding the west side of the loop, however, be sure to give yourself plenty of time to get back to the trailhead before dusk sets in. The cairns marking the trail can sometimes be difficult to distinguish from the rest of the lava field if the light is low.

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

The trail was very rocky so not the most comfortable hike for anyone with knee or ankle problems. I did get great pictures in front of Mauna Kea on this hike so I would say I wasn't too disappointed. The distance to the Lava Tube was comfortable and easy (no inclines).

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

The falls are nice, if the water is clear, but, this is not a hike. It is a walk from the parking lot. Good for people who don't hike but want to see waterfalls.

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