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Beautiful. Quite easy for the most part, but get there early to beat the crowd.

the pillbox with the peace sign is further down past the first one. Just dont turn right into another trail and you will miss it.

Very beautiful trail. Enjoyed reading the historical information on the way. Waterfall isn't always available to swim in so you may want to call ahead and check if it's open. You can still walk to it, but if the water is rushing too hard, no swimming.

The only negative was the price and that we didn't know the area was closed to swimming for the day.

Past the bay trying to ascend to ridge looking over kipu kai. Keawe and lantana thorns everywhere. And the cairns of 10 years ago all gone. Hand over food scramble to top. Easy to get lost. Not a true trail. Difficult.

Had a lot of fun hiking this with my best friend and her two kids (1.5 and 9). Wear bug repellant. Views are beautiful, buildings are beautiful and show history. Parking is not fun. Be sure and stay in the dirt.

Great hike.... All up hill, lots of mud after a rain but the views are amazing.....

As Yoonie said, this is the same trail as the Ehukai Pillbox Trail above Ehukai Beach/Pupukea.

21 hours ago

great hike great views, more than expected

Not an easy hike. Not especially tiring or anything but you have to watch every step due to muddy trail and the stream crossings are no joke. Be prepared to cross a “stream” 50 feet wide and deep enough that your feet/shoes will be underwater. In the counterclockwise direction, our progress was blocked by a large tree and plant with sharp leaves in the middle of the trail. Trail is through a dense jungle and you can’t just “go around.” Did I mention it’s extremely muddy? Also we went in the dry season after it had not rained for several days.
Like others have said, park at the entrance to the residential area and hike to the beginning of the trail.

Very Scenic hike! Took about an hour with lots of stops for pictures. Went at 8:20. Not much people yet.

Very touristy. Kid friendly. Rocks and roots can be slippery but it’s an easy hike.

Love this trail! Took my two littles with me. Lots of water crossings and mud. There’s even some ruins along the way!

As a resident Hawaiian avid hiker this trail is sub par. Sure, the scenery is nice but thats most trails on the island of oahu. There is no big payoff epic view like a ridge hike or a waterfall or anything special. This is just a basic trail that the locals use for exercise. It is “lightly trafficked” despite being in a densely populated area in a large nature preserve/arboretum which says something about how worthwhile the trail is. You might like it as a tourist but there are dozens of trails that are far superior in beauty and view.

Great beach walk but can be windy. Really wonderful at Sunrise and Sunset.

hiking
1 day ago

beautiful scenery. I didn't expect the steps to be so steep but it evened out at points. such a great challenge to take on. next time we will have a carrier for our 2 year old.

Heavily trafficked, not everyone makes it all the way up, the view is definitely worth it though.

The path is a paved loop. I’m glad we started right because we witnessed the lush rainforest then worked our way towards the waterfall. I realize the beauty of paved paths is you don’t have to watch your step (as much) and you can actually take in your surroundings. The path takes you by rivers, bamboo, flowers, lookouts, and other sights.

We did get a few bug bites the size of quarters, which itched for almost a week. It’s been over a week now and they’re still there though smaller. Yes, we wore bug spray.

Shouldn’t get wet on this trail, as it’s far from the fall itself. Sometimes you’re in a canopy and sometimes open air. The hike is easy. I took my grandpa and he loved it.

The entrance fee is cash only but there’s an atm. There is a bathroom onsite too. My uncle asked for the dried bananas sold off the road to here, so those must be good.

Enjoy!

the breeze and view at the top made it worth the hike up!

It was great to see different types of birds in their habitat.

Ahhh the road to Hana! Please be courteous and yield accordingly. Black sands beach is absolutely gorgeous and worth the drive, when we went it was rough sea and raining pretty hard, we still swam in the ocean and made for a great time!

The trail is initially very steep, but levels out toward the top. The pillbox we found had a nice view of the beach. I was disappointed that we couldn’t find the other pillbox with the peace sign on it. We came across a sign that said “private property”, so I think the other pillbox may have been back there somewhere.

Even though it is a shorter hike, make sure to bring plenty of water and proper footwear. I saw a few folks struggling up the trail in sandals, long pants, and what looked like not enough water.

Crowded. However, it's cool once. It's fast and your in Hawaii.....

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We started at 1045. Made it about 3.2 miles in and the trail died. We crossed a dried river bed, searched around and couldn't find a single trail marker. The trails we did find, were great. Bring lots of water. Oh, and my car got broken in to while on the trail!

Great walk. Some cloud at the top but no issues with views in the crater. At the first fork I stashed my bag behind a bush and completed the loop with less weight. Easy right up until the re-ascent.

The jungle trail I give 2 stars. The opening to the coast however I’d give 5 (opens about 3/4 the way there).

When google takes you to a dead end turn left.

There was a sketchy man in the parking lot watching us from behind a bush so we waited by the car for a while to scope him out. When confronted he claimed he was peeing (didn’t seem right). We waited around the car for a bit longer and hid everything.

The sky poured off and on for us. We waited until it let up to start the hike. I highly recommend close toed shoes and to be prepared for bugs. Keep in mind the rain may wash whatever spray you have on. I slipped even in my boots and my friend got bit though he rarely does.

The hike is rough on feet and necks. I mention necks because the entire time in the jungle is watching where you step. It would be dangerous to look up with all the roots and mud while walking. It seemed everything looked the same though.

The worst part wasn’t the mud or the rain but the smell of rotting leaves. The deep mud was easy to avoid as there are smaller trails along the main one. Our shoes did change color but the rest of our clothes didn’t get muddy.

It continued to pour off and on so we were soaked and laughing before even reaching the end. We found it difficult to keep our phones dry(even our pockets were soaked). Phones survived though!

The coast is absolutely stunning. Maybe because you’re looking at mud for so long and smelling rot for so long, then the option for open and fresh air can’t be beat. It was hard to judge what was wet because of the ocean and wet because of the rain, and those waves can get you! Again, I was soaked.

We took the coast to the bay (much better than the jungle). It poured more and we remained soaked (and laughing).

There were only three other people there, one snorkeling two standing in the water. The bay touches private property where nene’s reside. Fresh water mixes with salt water, so if you have any open cuts don’t go in or at least stay where the water’s mostly salty. I didn’t risk it (I cut my toe and didn’t want to get sick with that freshwater thing people warn about. Plus swimming after rain is like asking to be sick sometimes).

Sitting there was very peaceful. We saw one turtle out on the rocks and let it be. The trees were wonderful shades of green and even in the overcast the water was blue.

We headed back and again it poured hard. We stood under a tree for a while. Obviously at this point we were already soaked, but we had no other way to protect our phones. This is where they stopped working. Pockets, shirts, hands, socks- everything was wet. I put my phone half into my pocket- a balance of enough to stay secure while the water from my pants didn’t get into the holes.

We hauled ass on our way back because we were late.

Easy, but It’s a long hike!
Once you reach the top, you will really enjoy the breathtaking view!

Love the view at the top but it’s always over crowded, even very early in the morning. It’s a quick hike with a big reward.

hiking
2 days ago

Loved every challenging minute of this hike! Great views all along the way and at the top. Lots of camaraderie on the trail.

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