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Quiet technic but ok ... super place to see ... we enjoyed it . Not for raining days at all ... our 9 walked easily to the fall but he is used to .

hiking
13 days ago

Great after work, fresh air, hike/walk/trail run path. A few caves on the trail as well. At the first fork, go left as the climb up around the loop after about a mile is worth it. Also pants wouldn't be a bad idea as the lower trail has several areas of high grass/plant growth.

I started from the Lower Trail which was a bit overgrown with lots of fallen trees. On one part it will appear like it’s a stream crossing however it’s not, the trail continues along the right. A little bit of incline but adds for a better workout. Came up to the trail marker with arrows facing straight ahead or to the right, a switchback. Ventured a bit further along the trail straight ahead. Turn up for the 6th tunnel overpass. Super sketchy and not even sure if doable straight ahead. The way back i tried to walk straight but couldn’t. Well I didn’t go close enough to take a better look. I headed back then continued to follow the arrow ascending up the trail and finally encountered some pretty views of the forest canopy! It poured rain for like 5 mins on and off which was nice. The trail back up has a lot of hazardous cliffs, because I’m paranoid I wouldn’t bring young kids on this trail! The last mile was a let down, along a fence next to the road haha. I only did 4.1 miles that loop is definitely not 5. I do however want to go back and do the ENTIRE trail! Need someone to go with though!

Kinda muddy but over all it’s a great hike!

hiking
19 days ago

Fun hike with the family. Not too difficult. There are a couple cool tunnels to walk through and every once in a while the vegetation thins and you get a beautiful view of the valley.

Great for kids and dogs!

Comparatively speaking, in terms of other Oahu hikes, this hike was only average. But, that’s just in terms of what my perception is of the payoff at the end, and my subjective judgement about other trails’ payoff. If you like rope swings into small swimming areas at the end, you may be totally inclined. And, for only being about 3 miles round trip, it gives you a pretty intense workout coming back. This is what I would call a reverse hike; down and in (to the valley), back and up (to the ridge, or start). The trail is very muddy in some parts, along with some moderate rocky areas where you’ll have to slightly climb. So, slippers if you dare. Even on a moderate day, like today, you’ll sweat going downhill. Bring or wear swimming trunks, or a bathing suit because you’ll need to jump into the icy mountain stream to cool off before heading straight back up the ridge. If you’re on Oahu vacationing and your hiking choices become limited due to weather or travel, or live here, but want to do something new for exercise, then yes, I’d recommend it. Otherwise, I’d try and pick something else that wasn’t nearly as strenuous for the payoff at the end. Other Recommendations: Olomana (Three Peaks), Hawaii Loa Ridge, Crouching Lion, Tantalus, Manoa Falls, Makapu’u Lighthouse, Hanauma Crater

don't leave oahu without doing this hike!

A very nice a quiet waterfall. The hill back up is for sure like a stairmaster. It can be steep, just be cautious.

Great hike and challenging. What makes it hard is the steep decline with the muddy wet areas. However retiring was faster, but more strenuous due to using leg muscles allot. The water fall was great and there are cliffs where you can jump into the pond.

unique in that you are hiking down to a waterfall. moderately steep decline over many roots but there are plenty of ropes and trees you can hold to help you down(and back up).there's only one part that opens up for a view but mostly it's thru narrow paths with alot of tree cover and mud. we ran into a hunting party with 6 dogs who just killed a boar. pretty awesome. don't forget to bring a swimsuit to swim at the waterfall.

I would rate this trail moderate rather than easy. The path had tree roots, rocks and was slippery in places. The path was mostly an incline or decline. One area we had to walk over large rocks at the edge of the stream to continue on the trail. It was scenic with a lot of plants. It took 4 adults and two children (5 and 8) about 2 1/4 hours to complete stopping for pictures, exploring the tunnels and playing in the stream. Bring mosquito repellent, good hiking shoes that can also get wet.

the trail splits at the very beginning giving you the option to go down or stay up. I would recommend going down then take the top on the way back. I went with my 15, 10 and 8 yr olds. it was a little challenging because the trail was slippery but we made it!

Awesome! Muddy and slippery but worth the trip!

Literally my fav hike eva holy shat so fun, I like jumped and stuff, there where like trees there. Overall the water was nice. Muddy too. Outdoors is cool. Recommend for people over the age of 77.

Love this hike. Moderate for sure especially when wet. Falls were not really running too much in June. Rope swing always fun

Amazing hike ... we went early (on the trail by 7 AM) and had the falls and swimming hole to ourselves for 40 minuets before the multitudes started arriving.

Waterfall and swimming hole is worth it. Had fun jumping off the ropes. Not much to look at on the actual hike though. Pretty muddy so be prepared for that. Fairly easy hike overall.

My wife and I loved the challenge of the root and rock wall that we encountered. We definitely learned we needed more water for the hike! Being new to the area it was really nice to see the nature around us. The waterfall was beautiful and the were two areas where you can swim and jump off the rope swing or rocks. Will definitely be doing this trail again!

hiking
1 month ago

When I first reached the waterfall, it was more of a trickle; however, I decided to wait for a bit and it steadily increased. Definitely worth the hike down here.

walking
1 month ago

Definitely harder than it looks. No one tells you that it gets very steep. Had to turn back cuz I was afraid my son wouldn’t make it down. Maybe I’ll try again without the kids.

Loved the waterfalls. The hike itself wasn’t too exciting but the end was worth it. Would do again.

hiking
1 month ago

Fun hike. I left early (started at 8:30am) and didn't see a single person on the way down. Swam for about half an hour before another group of hikers joined. If you don't like crowds I advise going early as it was very peaceful. Well marked trail, I was expecting a mud storm as it rained the night before but with hiking shoes it was very manageable.

walking
1 month ago

Perfect hike with the kids every level welcomed nice simple hike

1 month ago

Cliff jumping, rope swinging, lounging. Kinda busy but super fun and good people watching. Real real pretty.

hiking
1 month ago

This short trail it’s a good family hike with kids, and at the end they can jump in the pools by the waterfall. The 1st mile it’s very easy, basically flat walking until you get to the junction with Manana Trail. Here you take right and start descending, and yes you get to the famous Cardiac Hill which gets a little steep and covered with roots. This section it’s a little bit harder coming back from the falls, but if take it easy and steady you will be over it in no time.
Best to visit weekdays, weekends can get very crowded (that is the reason I don’t go to often here). Summer time water gets little stagnanat, I prefer to go after rain to see more flow.

We took the lower falls route first, this will have more up hill climbing but l like that better. low branches can make a kid hauler a little interesting. don't advise doing after a rain. loved the two tunnels for the kids. my 5 year old did the entire route and my 3 year old did from the tunnels on. 3.5 stars.

trail running
2 months ago

This is a great trail for hiking or trail running.
When you compare it with other trails here in Oahu, this trail is easy to moderate. Moderate mostly because it’s length. Very well maintained trail all the way to the last mile and a half, where it gets a little bit overgrown, but not too bad. On the last 2 miles you will notice more mud, more wind and a little narrower trail. The view at the end is beautiful when the weather is good.
There are some sections with ropes to help you advance faster and safer, and they are usually where are dropoffs on the side of the trails.
On the way you have a variety of plants, valley and mountain views, couple of stream crossing and you can even check out some old tunnels.

hiking
2 months ago

This hike is not moderate, in my opinion. It is easy at the beginning with the first 1.6 miles then it is a sheer rock scramble for 0.8 miles. It is very muddy, but totally worth it once you get to the waterfall. The top waterfall requires a rope repelling descent, Which was scary enough that some 30-year-old men didn’t feel comfortable doing it. The waterfall itself is beautiful there’s a large pool right underneath it and then it goes into a secondary waterfall which is smaller but the pool is very large and deep enough for cliff jumping. There are also two rope swings there. Gorgeous. Also longer than expected...It looks like the original 2.8 mile loop was wiped out by a mudslide the roots in is 2.2 miles and then you reverse it coming out for a total of 4.4 miles. Enjoy!

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