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

hiking
2 hours ago

This hike definitely had accurate reviews.. definitely challenging. I went on a day when it had not rained and it is extremely muddy at the beginning, then goes to dry and crumbly up on the ridge, so the hike is slippery pretty much the entire time. Be sure to wear shoes with some good grip. The views were absolutely amazing and time to hike was about 5-6 hours. Helpful to use this map as there are a couple trails that could lead you in the wrong direction. Overall, definitely unforgettable!

This hike has everything you need. waterfalls, ridge walking, scrambling, and amazing views. it's a tough hike, but well worth it.

hiking
3 days ago

Awesome hike, just a few slippery areas getting to third falls. From there was nice and dry this past Saturday. Take 2-3 liters water and some snacks. Took us about 7 hours for the loop. Lots of people out on the weekends.

hiking
3 days ago

LOVED the added versatility of the pipe crossings and climbings. Didn’t particularly care for the lack of hiking etiquette of others on the trail. Most of the trail only has enough space for one person at a time. And other hikers wouldn’t always yield or give the right of way, which makes things a little dangerous. We only went to the first waterfall and it was definitely an adventure. I wouldn’t call this hike hard or technical at all. To the first waterfall there aren’t any big inclines. Only thing I’d consider intermediate level are the narrow ledges. We went on a Saturday and it was VERY crowded.

Amazing hike with incredible views but very tough. I missed the left hand turn back too and ended up hiking along a precarious ridge before looping back to the wa’ahlia ridge parking lot.

Challenging but so very worth it. Perfectly navigable and even though “unmaintained,” still easily done. The rope climbs require a bit or upper body, and I would recommend only to those who are in moderately good or better shape. Don’t underestimate the need for bringing water: a couple of guys I met at the top had just a large water bottle between the two of them. And they were _hurting_.

pretty incredible. prepare to be breathing hard.

hiking
4 days ago

Pretty adventurous hike, though I only got to do half of it! My hiking buddy and I didn't think to look at the All Trails app for the path down while on the ridge and instead traversed the entire ridge, then went down a different ridge, and ended up in the Waʻahila Ridge State Recreation Area parking lot. No idea how much longer that ended up being mileage wise (if anyone has done this before I would love to hear about your experience!), but would definitely recommend keep an eye out on the left for the trail downward if intending to do the full loop counterclockwise.

This hike is definitely a challenge. I’ve uploaded a google maps picture to show two different trails to and around arch, basically if you stay on the LEFT trails life is somewhat easier! To enter: cross after the Japanese fishing shrine (closer to the city) this trail is much easier and still beautiful AND it meets up with the other trail quickly. About half way up the trail gets harder: loose gravel, slick rocks, high winds, and some steep drop offs. If it’s windy, I would definitely delay my hike for better conditions. When close to the arch I suggest going LEFT. You do have to climb over 1 boulder but the trail incline is less steep, less loose gravel, shorter, and protected from the winds better. We went up the right because someone said they had done the trail many times and that we should definitely go that way....

hiking
8 days ago

This was the jungle adventure hike I’ve been wanting to have since I was 10.

I continued along the ridge to the next northern peak, which I recommend, although this is dangerous.

Best done counterclockwise. All you need is a bottle of water and acceptance of the fact that you’re going to get muddy.

I wouldn't take pets or children on this hike. Lots of sketch ropes you have to use.

9 days ago

Pretty amazing treck. If this is intermediate, I would like to see difficult.

Being a life time out doors man and graduated multiple survival schools...Id say don’t take this on unless you are in extreme physical shape or doing just a part or a hike in camp.

To do in one day muddy with some stops took about 5 hours and we were moving when we moved.

No trail and only say a few folks on the hike and no one on the crater. You can cut the crater out if you want.

The hike up the 3rd waterfall is epic and is about a few hundred feet. A rolled ankle would be tough and shoe choice is key.

Recommend a wet dry shoe. I wore keens and was fine. Waterproof hiking shoe is prob best.

The counter clockwise path was the best choice as we saw all waterfalls first, climbed up vs down. The split is in the creek bed as you follow the pipe when you first start.

One of the best hikes I have been on. Good for kids that are 12-13, but there is some bouldering and significant upper body strength required if you do it all counter clockwise.

Drank 2 liters of water and light snacks.

Do it!

hiking
12 days ago

Best hike yet! The wind was unbelievable, and t made a few areas kind of tricky. The initial hike up to the ridge is steep and muddy.
The ropes are in great condition, and they come in handy on the straight upwards rock wall climb.
We had a small issue with loose rocks that fell as we climbed back down the rock wall, and it made for a tricky descent because we didn’t want to hit each other in the head with one.
The payout is huge! HIGHLY recommend (but definitely not for kids because of the drop offs and difficulty with rain and wind)

hiking
12 days ago

By far my favourite hike so far! Tough climb. Know your limits. If going anti clockwise at the first rope climb turn right to go to the bottom of the first fall. That was my only mistake. Caught an Uber in from Waikiki for around 15-20 bucks each way. If you don't have transport this is much better than 1.5 hours on the bus each way.
Stunning 360° views from the top! A must do!!

hiking
15 days ago

New Year's Day hike. We didn't die, but there's definitely spots where you could and be severely injured. Definitely not for the faint of heart and we were very fit, took only short breaks and it still took us 6hrs to travel closer to 6miles. we did crater counter clockwise which is probably the more enjoyable direction. Views were stunning! waterfalls beautiful and running full after some recent rains. Very muddy! Very slippery! bring food and plenty of water and mosquito repellent! Prepare for 5-8hrs. Trail is not maintained.

Great Trail! definitely one of my favorites. I decided to go clockwise so I did the waterfalls at the end.

Amazing. Amazing. AmAzing!

hiking
18 days ago

This is an UNmantained trail. There are no easy steps on this route; even when just along the stream there is always something to step over or around. Many ropes, many rock scrambles. The waterfalls were beautiful and hard (but not trecherous) to climb, but the ridge line is not to be under-represented. The Trail up and along the ridge is definitely treacherous and slow going. More than once you have to trust a rope that you can't see the top of. The ridge line is narrow and tricky especially on the descents. Also, it is more than the five miles listed (at least 6, my GPS quit at the end). Took us 7.5 hours, the last 90 minutes in the dark. I do not recommend this trail unless you are an extremely experienced and fit hiker (which I thought I was!).

hiking
19 days ago

Beautiful hike for sure, but not for the faint of heart. Gets pretty intense past the third waterfall. Experienced hikers will be fine, but be prepared to have lots of water and some noms. It was CRAZY muddy, but made for some fun slides down! Took over 5 hours to complete. Will do this hike again for sure as the views are some of the most stunning right past the 3rd waterfall.

Really nice hike! A challenge we loved!We did it two days ago, after rain. It was very slippery and muddy and we got some rain. Rekommend trailshoes and some experience! About 5h 20min, only short breaks.

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