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.

By far the best hike I’ve done! You instantly start the hike in the beauty of the rainforest. A few back and forth a over the river, climbing, and finally you get to the first waterfall. From there the ropes are your best friend the rest of the hike. It was raining so we were definitely muddy and wet and we’re still able to climb safely. There and plenty of foot holes and places to rest if needed. The 3rd waterfall is the longest but worth it! We only went partially up the ridge due to wind and low visibility. It’s very slippery on the ridge as well. That plus finishing the loop trail, it took us 5.5 hours. I will definitely be back. It is a full body workout! If it’s raining I suggest shoe spikes for the ridge.

Awesome hike. Finally went around the whole crater which made it a nice loop instead of out an back. Worth it for sure.

Had my garmin watch following on GPS. It recorded the entire trip as 6.54 miles. It was 2.6 to get to the crater once you climb up the third waterfall. It was about another 2 miles around the crater. We rejoined with the main trail after coming down the ridge from the crater at 5.8 miles.

It took me and my gf about 5.5 hours. We did it at a leisurely pace stopping at all the waterfalls and also took dip in the stream. It was raining at the top which made it super slow going. It gets a little slippery at the top with all the mud.

Really fun experience. Make sure you have enough time to finish. Shoes with tread help. I skidded twice in my worn out running shoes. Wouldn’t wear them on this hike if I went again. Upper body strength helps if you’re planning to do the crater.

Went to do this one but the gps takes me to the Kolowalu trail instead. How do I get to this one?

the hike isn't hard but the rating hard for me comes from the arch itself.

I would I say I'm a pretty good hiker and have hiked way dangerous ones than this one but don't under estimate the arch. If you go up the arch go back down the same way you came up and then use the trail on the right to go under the arch(there is one on the left I heard about but didn't see it ) I saw that there was a little edge area on the right near the top that could access the trail under the arch DONT go this way, I tried to jump from here needless to say lost my footing and got scratched up quite a bit from the fall. It was pretty sketchy because of the incline and the loose rocks on the trail below. Please head my advice and use the trail to the right .

otherwise great little hike and experience

Great hike. Second waterfall is the best. You’ll be in the clouds around the crater depending on time of day. Great views.
5.4 miles, 3 hours without a pack or water, minimal stopping and some light jogging. Wear Trail running/water shoes with good grip as it’s extremely muddy, slippery, and you will have to cross the stream multiple times.
This hike is not for beginners. If you don’t have the upper body strength to use a rope to help pull yourself up a steep incline...steer clear. You’ll have to hike up the third waterfall to get to the ridge around the crater. It uses ropes almost all the way up. Those who take 6 hours have a full pack and are walking the trail slowly.
If you’re tracking your movement on All Trails you will not get lost.

The trailhead is to the right of the lookout behind the yellow chain link fence and sign that says “no trail”. The majority of the hike is pretty steep and has the potential to be dangerous if you make a mistake. I would recommend having a little bit of climbing experience as both the first and second notch require somewhat difficult climbs. Amazing views though, definitely worth the hike!

This is a hard hike!! Very very muddy and slippery. Before I went (7/9/18) I read comments and thought I was prepared. But it is muddy from start to finish. While hiking around the rim I had quite a few close calls with slipping and nearly falling off the ridge. You really need to give yourself time to take it slowly. I would recommend starting this hike no later than noon. My boyfriend and I started at 11:35 am and didn’t get done until 6 pm. We are in fairly good shape, but can get turned around a few times. Sometimes the bright pink or orange markers are not very clear. Keep your eyes peeled for them, near the ground tied around a tree or within eye level. I hiked the legal way to stairway a few weeks ago and thought that was much easier than this hike. Not positive if I will be doing this hike again or recommending it, especially not to people from out of state.

Easy to pass the trail. Not well marked and many new offshoots for the water utilities and government property. Could not find the trail past the waterfall.
Incredibly muddy, even during the dry season.

While it's a short hike, it is a challenge. getting up to the ridge takes some navigating. We started up the top of the arch decided against it. The gravel up the right side was super slick. Don't trust any rock not to come loose. Test handholds and footholds. All that said, it was one of the coolest hikes on the island! Views were breathtaking!

hiking
9 days ago

First part of the trail is very muddy with few flat places to rest. Be aware that it is very windy and quite narrow at the top, but great views! If you don’t feel comfortable at the first part, I’d suggest not to go all the way up because it is an out and back trail.

hiking
12 days ago

Fun hike during the rain. The waterfalls were raging. Very muddy trails

One of my favorite hikes! Yes, it’s muddy and yes, it’s dangerous at times. Just be smart about the decisions you make. There are plenty of ribbons to point the way, some you may have to look harder for. But they’re there.

Amazing hike. Climbing the third waterfall was a thrill. Pretty challenging and doing it hungover didn’t help. Would recommend bringing more water than you think you need and plenty of snacks.

Ridgeline, crater, and waterfall all in one hike. fun hike! just shy of 4 hours for an experienced hiker in small amount of rain. did fine in tennis shoes and didn't have to pull out the crampons. I would advise leaving plenty of time before sundown because the trail is difficult to navigate in the dark even with a light

LOVED this hike. However, please make sure you are prepared and have some back-up plans of the weather turns for the worst. I did this hike yesterday and got pelted with rain at the top of the crater rim. As said in many reviews before me this hike is grueling and muddy, especially in the ridge area (arguably the most dangerous portion for us). I would HIGHLY recommend buying some dirt spikes that slip over your (I hope) hiking shoes. They’re about 40 dollars depending on where you go and they could absolutely save your life and definitely save you from slipping. People have fallen off the rim of this crater and died. This hike is very dangerous, especially with wet conditions (basically always). Please do not make this your first hike on Oahu, especially if you’re not an avid hiker or are unfamiliar with the wet and muddy conditions of many Oahu hikes. Also, I’m a very active person and it took me about 5 hours to make the entire trip, crater and all. I started hiking this around 3pm and came back in the dark. So I would definitely plan accordingly. We caught up to some hikers hopelessly lost in the dark and hiked with them back to the entrance.

This hike is beautiful. Be prepared before you start.

Very beautiful views and landscapes but it took us much longer than expected whereas we are not bad hikers, and we got caught by the night (not very pleasant there).

We followed the river, saw 2 beautiful waterfalls and climbed a 3rd one. Until there, it was still ok. The ropes that are there to help don’t always look safe, but we had to rely on them.

We got the crater and a beautiful and rare view. However, the trail got muddy, slippery and narrow. It kept getting worse and worse and we couldn’t go back so we had to finish the loop. We were scared for our life more than once. We got the top but not the view, because we were in a cloud. It looks like the top is often in a cloud. We kept walking on a narrow and windy ridge for a little while, and it felt good when we were done with the crater.

I don’t know if it rained a lot before the day where we went, but I would definitely recommend to avoid rainy days for this hike.

It’s was very nice but pretty dangerous.

On my top favorite hike list.

It took for us 4 hours and 30 min to complete the trail. Total we did 6.2 miles. Since we started the hike in the late afternoon, we didn’t stop on the way back, what made it a great workout.

Trail is definitely changing and fun. You can experience jungle, waterfalls and Mountain View’s. Suggest not to go alone and make sure you have enough time to get back in sun light.

Quintessential Oahu hike. great fun! Multiple stream crossings. Climb 3 waterfalls (pretty good footing), climb up a steep ridge. this was the hardest part. 2 or 3 places were difficult - there's rope but the rope itself is muddy and slippery. the KST ridge section wasn't too bad. There's always some vegetation between the narrow muddy trail and the abyss towards windward. Coming back down on the north crater ridge had a few sketchy places. Nothing incredibly narrow. Trail crampons HIGHLY recommended. The ridge trail down is very muddy most of the way. I'm over 60 years old. finished in just over 6 hours. I'm told that it was only 5 miles, but seemed longer. Lovely views with stream, waterfalls, crater, cliffs, native vegetation, and the great view over the Windward side.

Several of us hiked took this hike a week ago. We climbed the three waterfalls and just beyond the third water fall. Clouds started to come in over the top of the crater rim so we decided to turn around and not do the rim. Our main objective was to see the wonderful views from the rim everyone has talked about but not interested in climbing up to the rim if the views were going be obscured.
Just to clear up the mileage on this hike. It was 5 miles for us to climb the three waterfalls and then take the other half of the loop trail down. It would be significantly longer if you were to climb up to the rim and circle it and then head back down. The people I was with have done the three waterfall part of this trail many times and said it was the muddiest they had seen the trail doubling the time to complete the hike. It took us 5.5 - 6 hours to complete this portion with a few stops to take some pictures and enjoy the waterfalls a short while.
The ropes were in decent shape. I found only a few areas that I really needed to rely on the ropes to advance myself. Most of the time the ropes were used as a guide. Taking the trail is slow as you try to keep your feet from sinking into the mud and are navigating tree roots the entire way. There are pink ribbons to mark your way and with the assistance of Alltrails Pro we were able to stay on course with no problems.

Awesome hike! Make sure to wear shoes with lots of grip! It can get really slippery! There are some areas where you will be climbing down steep rock walls and a climb alongside and across a long waterfall! There are ropes to assist. I like to bring my own rope just in case. This is a long hike so come prepared with plenty water and snacks! It’s a beautiful hike and so worth the 5-6 hour trek!

26 days ago

Took 6 hours- totally worth it! Beautiful view, good ridge at top, can be windy. Dont go when rainy/ muddy. Bring lots of water and some snacks.

It’s a great trail! Only thing I’d say is, be sure you’re prepared for a very taxing and grueling hike with an amazing payoff at the peak of the crater. DO NOT GO ALONE! It does have its narrow paths and high winds are a certainty so use caution while trekking the rim of the crater. Pack plenty of water and be sure to have battery packs for your phones. We actually managed to get lost towards the end of the trail because it got dark. One of our party members got hurt so it took us longer to finish it. It was pretty scary getting lost out there with minimal markings as to where to go. Thankfully we had one of our phones with just enough battery to find the path out. We were fully mentally preparing ourselves to sleep out there lol.

It’s a great trail! Only thing I’d say is, be sure you’re prepared for a very taxing and grueling hike with an amazing payoff at the peak of the crater. DO NOT GO ALONE! It does have its narrow paths and high winds are a certainty so use caution while trekking the rim of the crater. Pack plenty of water and be sure to have battery packs for your phones. We actually managed to get lost towards the end of the trail because it got dark. One of our party members got hurt so it took us longer to finish it. It was pretty scary getting lost out there with minimal markings as to where to go. Thankfully we had one of our phones with just enough battery to find the path out. We were fully preparing to sleep out there lol.

A few of the ropes were questionable and climbing around the boulder on fall 2 was a touch nerve wracking, but amazing hike!

A short and steep hike up but definately worth it for the cardio and breathtaking views. Sketchy transitions to the top of the arch and down to the arch due to steep grades and a lot of loose rock. Park at Halona Blowhole and watch for traffic on both sides when crossing to the start of the trail.

I did not do the crater rim loop and my RT was about 5.5 miles. My portion I’d rate as moderate. In mid July after a week of no rain (on Oahu) it was still muddy but minimal on the rim portion I did. I took the left trail fork at the top of the third waterfall and met the return loop after about .3 miles. The ascent up the third waterfall is long but not slippery with slow cautious steps. The rim trail looks difficult and I would guess is about 1 mile.

Muddy and awesome with some of the best views ever. Some of the lines are getting worn.

love this hike. great views!

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