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

nice views

Bring change of clothes or swimsuit with you.

hiking
3 days ago

The gps to trailhead lead to a neighborhood house. I was annoyed. Then after I googled this trail turns out theres a 30min road that you need a jeep to cross. So better to research well before actually trying to do this trail.

This was one of our best hikes on Oahu this week, and we completed about 10. However, it does not have some of great views of some of the other hikes. We had a lot of fun and this hike was not as crowded as many of the hikes, We saw about 6 or 8 groups on the hike on the trail or at the pools, including Kenro and his family (see below). The first half of the out and back trail is very easy, however it is about 0.7-miles down to the waterfall pools. This does have some interesting steep sections with lost of roots. I would rank this trail as moderate, although it would probably be very slippery after a heavy rain. There are two main pools that you can swim in at the end
of the trail. Very cool and refreshing.

hiking
4 days ago

I took my 17 month old son in osprey. If I can do it you can to just took me little longer then normal.This is an awesome trail. No doubt that waterfall is great. The water was really cold but once you are in you get use to it. The way down is not hard but can be hard after a lot of rain the day before. Everything can be muddy/slippery. It is the way back up that is tough. My leg were done. But I had my son on my back

My second hike on Oahu, was fun and exhilarating . Very slippery if it’s rained. Had a friend slip and almost slide off the trail. If it’s muddy take your time to avoid injury’s. Water at the bottom is ice cold, water fall is gorgeous. Would do again! Even so a guy back flip off the ledge into the pool.

hiking
7 days ago

I definitely must go back and do this hike again. It's not hard to get to, just follow the signs from the Manana Ridge Trail. I could hear the waterfall as I descended, but it was becoming a bit too steep and muddy for me to continue alone, so I decided to turn around. I want to finish the trail though and actually see the waterfall.

Waterfall is beautiful but getting there was very muddy and killer cardio hill.

It was cool going through a long tunnel scary at 1st but cool. It was as long as 200 yard Dash.

hiking
15 days ago

The conditions were perfect today. It can be a potential mudfest on this trail, but the weather has been great so barely much mud. Definitely go left at the trailhead if you want to avoid a steep decent going counterclockwise on this trail. Take some time going through the three tunnels with a flashlight. Lots of fun with older kids! Also, be sure to use mosquito repellent.

hiking
19 days ago

We took the upper trail to the lower trail. The three tunnels are at the end of the upper trail. After the third tunnel, back track outside the tunnel (tunnel will be on your left) to reach the lower trail loop. The upper trail loop was fairly mild with the 8 and 4 year old, limited to no hiking experience. The trail cuts pretty close to cliffs at times so just keep an eye out.

The lower trail was HELL. Super steep and muddy, we slid like crazy, and at times the only way we knew we were on the trail were the pink and orange guide ribbons. It was desperately overgrown, above even my head at times. At one point the trail dead ends at the creek and you’re supposed to climb rocks on the bank of the creek to get to the other part of the trail. My 8 year old had a blast. My 4 year old? Not as much.

Yes I think it should be rated as Difficult primarily due to the length and the last section before the Koolau where it can be very unkempt and slow going.

It was the first trail I’ve done in a while but if I can complete it so can you.

A lot of people saying don’t hike when it’s been raining, I say don’t hike when it hasn’t! Anyone who has been there on a week of great sun will tell you the pools can get stagnant and turn brown. Definitely kicks up the difficulty when it is raining since you’ll be climbing and descending on a layer of mud! But I guess it just depends if you are highlighting the falls and swimming or just worried about the hike. Just the hike, go when it’s sunny, falls and a quick dip, wait for a decent amount of rain.

Beautiful hike, not much signage, we took a wrong turn once and had some difficulty finding the falls. We went after there had been a lot of rain so the waterfall was flowing hard and we did not attempt to get into the creek, although the rope swing looked fun.

Hiked the day after heavy rains from Hurricane Lane. Trails were pretty slick/muddy. Very technical in spots with some pretty amazing views.

on Waimano Falls Trail

1 month ago

Fun

Nice falls, not to muddy, nice to jump in the water!

hiking
1 month ago

Quick and easy trail. Upper trail is well maintained and tracked. Lower trail is heavily overgeown but still had a great time.

hiking
1 month ago

Little muddy don’t wear slippers we have seen some slippers on the trail stuck to the mud lol my husband and I did this hike back to back this week and loved the waterfall. We actually climbed down the rock and got in the water took pictures and climbed back up if you don’t have upper arm strength then you can’t pull your self up so don’t go down if you can’t pull yourself up please. Definitely a nice workout.

hiking
1 month ago

This trail should be rated as Hard. Nothing moderate about it. A lot of trails that can make you end up literally being lost and you having to make your own path to get back on track lol. Overall great trail to do.

hiking
1 month ago

Deciding to hike this after tons of rain maybe wasn't the best choice. Very muddy, so dress accordingly. The waterfall was fun, but had a very strong current after all the rain. I'm glad we hiked it only because the waterfall was pretty, but not my favorite hike.

Great hike. With tropical storm Lane so close, it is a wet slippery hike. The falls are strong and the water has flooded a bit.

hiking
2 months ago

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
2 months 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
2 months 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

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