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

Great hike and beautiful view

1 day ago

Love it, but it’s a scared one.

My wife and I enjoyed this hike. Our shoes got a bit muddy. I tried hard to keep them clean and dry. One slipped into the creek and got wet. It was our first hike in Hawaii and I felt like i really got a feel for the tropical terrain. The falls were beautiful.

3 days ago

Great hike. Pay attention to the weather. Bring lots of water and some snacks. I wore running shoes and they worked just fine. Be safe!

3 days ago

Incredible! The biodiversity as you move up the steep mountainside is spectacular. It’s my favorite hike to date!

I would describe this as a muddy obstacle course.
Nice little waterfall and swimming hole at the end and pretty creek that runs along side part of the trail which you must cross a few times. Not really hard in terms of steepness but it is very muddy and slippery with some rocky and uneven ground to cross. We did find out as we were leaving that the road you enter on is an easier 3 mile hike up through the forest to a different area but is not as challenging.

5 days ago

The beginning of this trail doesn’t not start where the directions take you. Park on Auloa Rd, walk 0.85 miles to the actual start of the trail. Go along the interstate towards the royal Hawaiian golf course, the beginning of the trail is about 0.5 miles pass the guard shack. Overall the hike is a great work out however there is a good bit of rock climbing in order to get to the peaks! Some are literally a straight climb up the side of rocks, very thankful for the lovely souls who incorporated the ropes! This hike is not for everyone, depending on your mobility you may be limited to how far you can go. Views are great but if you can go out a clear day they will be even better!

Excellent hike. A great workout and the view are crazy. If you fear heights, don’t go all the way up.

Muddy, slippery but overall easy hike. Took us two hours with all the pictures. All the warnings about bacteria in the water is true and serious, think twice before you step in the water or consider to swim.

One of my favorite waterfall hikes on the island! Make sure you wear water shoes or sandals, there will be multiple times that you have to pass through a stream and it is difficult not to get wet. At the end of the trail, the waterfall is quite beautiful! I’ve noticed that compared to other times of the year, the summer is a lot more crowded. Try hiking up the first waterfall to find the moss slides and an even more private falls! Cheers!

8 days ago

Dangerous hike with a huge payoff. Cliffs are steep, the trail has about 7 rope sections with the last one being the most difficult. All of that is to the first peak, didn’t go to the second or third. See other reviews for that. The words from people who have “the views aren’t any better and it just gets more dangerous”.

lower forest section, ridge section, and final forest/rock climbing section to summit. amazing views! do not bring kids.

Yes, a great hike. Must park off the golf course road and walk one half mile to trailhead. If you’re a regular hiker and in good condition with plenty of mobility, you should be ok. If you find it challenging during the first half of the hike, the second half may be too hard. Regarding the ropes and the rock scrambles, it will depend on your physical ability and mindset. This is a mostly shady hike, so good if you had too much sun the day before. Early morning would be the best time if temperature is an issue for you. As a 61 year old regular hiker with good mobility, this hike became a challenge in places. But the top was worth it. Kind of fun to see the sightseeing helicopters flying past at a lower elevation. If you’re realistic on your abilities I highly recommend this hike.

11 days ago

Nice views and a fun climb

muddy but fun anyway. enjoyed the cool breeze too at times.

A great hike all around!!! love the fact that any age can do this hike. The rope climbs were not that difficult as people make it to be.

the waterfall is a nice reward!

16 days ago

Unreal! My favourite on the island so far. It is hard, but use the ropes and take your time. Safety is important so don't rush. It is worth getting out to the third peak for sure.

nice hike with a refreshing jump into the foot pool of the fall's

Fun and challenging hike. Take your time and be safe!

Be aware that you have the possibility of contracting leptospirosis in the water and soil on this trail so don’t go if you have any open sores on your body. We didn’t know this until driving all the way out there and saw the sign. Had to turn around cause my husband had a cut. Dangit!

Relatively flat trail with steady and well spaced incline. Can get very muddy so wear clothes and shoes you’re not afraid to get dirty. Overall takes about an hour and a half out and back but the water fall is a fun place to swim and jump so take your time while there. Very fun and worth the trip.

let me just say the Pali puku is worth the heart ache of constantly looking down a 2000ft cliffside dive to death lol once you climb to the Puka the view and photos are breathtaking and worth the climb. Now if you go past the Puka you are faced with sheer rock face with trees and branches as well as ropwbto help you assend to the top of Pali. Worth everything minute

19 days ago

Great hike. Felt safe the whole time. We only hiked to the first peak as we had other plans that day but many hiked to the second and some to the third. We had great sunny conditions. 50 mins up and around the same coming down although we got caught in some traffic on the decent as we hiked on a Saturday. A great challenging incline throughout with some fun bouldering and rock climbing along the way. Enjoy!

19 days ago

The hike is short and sweet with a beautiful waterfall at the end.

21 days ago

Marvelous; death-defying.

Do NOT attempt this trail if you are a Disney villain.

I did this trail backwards, starting from Waimanalo and ending at Pali lookout. There are some forks at the beginning, so stay on the widest(bigger) path so you don’t get lost. It connects to the Maunawili trail, so follow the sign for that. You will be on this trail most of the time. Wet and hazardous conditions ahead. Watch your step and pack accordingly. Bring a friend or at least tell someone where you are going. You could die. Plenty of water sources along the trail, I suggest bringing a filtration system. I recorded this trail with AllTrails pro, and it logged 12 miles. I finished in 7.5 hours with strained left hip muscle, so it can be done faster. About 1/2 of the way up, the trail seems to end. I saw a blue ribbon which signifies the wrong way. Instead, go up the dry stream about 20 feet and the trail continues. I’m glad I explored a bit before turning back. Theres no where to camp so don’t plan on staying over. I would suggest experienced hikers only with good dexterity. When you get to the end of the Maunawili trail, swing a left up the dirt steps toward the old Pali road. Bypass the “under the bridge” and continue along the old Pali road. The last part of the hike is gravel with some awesome (and rewarding) views along the way. When you get to Pali lookout you’ll have to either jump over a six foot high locked gate or squeeze around the left side of the gate. Its a tight squeeze so if you have a big belly you won’t fit. Good luck out there and stay safe!

Easy trail through forested area. Last part before the falls involved several stream crossings and/or wading. Falls offers a couple places to jump. Water was deep enough when I was there for safety.

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23 days ago

WEAR WATER SHOES!! Trail gets extremely muddy, water shoes helped a ton. Not the easiest hike. Definitely need good balance skills. Bring hiking sticks if not and you’ll be good. Amazing hike! Beautiful trees throughout the forest and majestic waterfall at the end. Beautiful view at the crest of the hike as well.

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