Explore the most popular walking 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.

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
5 days 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.

5 days 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!

7 days ago

Easy hike with a couple nice views of the valley. Good for kids and dogs. There is also a stream along the lower trail which is nice. Since it's a loop trail, I started from the upper trail, which I don't really recommend. The areas where you start to go downhill to the lower trail was muddy and slippery. It would've been easier to go up that part than down. Signs are very good along the trail.

10 days ago

I did this hike by myself about a week ago and didn't know how seriously to take the other reviews. I will verify, the hike was very very muddy, prepare to be dirty, and had very steep inclines and declines. I know there are multiple ways to get to the falls but for someone alone trying to decide which way to go, that was definitely a challenge. Thankfully it is well traveled and I had a couple people direct me and there were colored plastic markers to follow. I wouldn't call it well marked otherwise, be ready to retrace your steps and and climb around until you find the falls.

The falls are beautiful, nothing crazy big but so much fun to listen to, climb around, jump off of, and swim in the big pool at the bottom of the third fall. Wear your suit under you clothes and bring a towel. With it being so short I don't think you need an extra pair of clothes, getting out is much faster than getting in, in my opinion.

I probably wouldn't want to bring any small children because the parts where you need to carry them are also very slippery and it would be very dangerous to fall while holding a child.

Overall, I think all levels of fitness could do this hike but it will take you a lot longer the more out of shape you are. If your body is up for it, the root climbing and steep, short hills just ad to the fun! I had a lot of fun, probably wouldn't do it alone again but will be bringing people to in the future.

14 days ago

According to alltrails logged recordings, the number one most recorded is Koko Crater stairs at 992.
2. Diamond ‘Leahi’ Head- 880
3. Manoa Falls- 762
4. Kuli’ou’ou Ridge State Trail- 582
5. Aiea Loop State Trail- 565
6. Lulumahu Falls - 560
7. Makapu’u Point Lighthouse- 550
8. Maunawili Falls - 502
9. Kaiwa Pillbox - 500
10. Waimano Falls- 405

keep right and look for the pink ribbons that guide you through the trail! The waterfalls are beautiful, with clear water and two ropes to swing into the water.

Super awesome Hike! Great waterfall to swim in with 2 rope swings!

It was extremely muddy and slippery...There is rope climbing, rock climbing, a pathetic waterfall and pools at the end...The waterfall looked more like a stream of water from somewhere and not like the rest of the waterfalls on this island. I wouldnt take my kids but many people do. If you're looking for a lot of adventure or a challenge, then this is definitely the hike for you...If you're looking for something easy and not too difficult then stay away from this one. This is a harder moderate hike.

very diverse trail. ridges and water and tunnels. beautiful.

Great trail, especially if you are hiking with kids. Gradual climbs and descents and lots of interesting things to see (especially the tunnels!). Strongly recommend that you go left (lower loop) if you have little ones because the one steep hill is easier to walk going up than going down. A fantastic, relatively short hike for the family.

The waterfall was more like a stream not impressed but it was cool to walk through the deep forest.

27 days ago

This trail was beautiful, but don't be fooled into thinking this is an easy hike! The first half was very basic, the second half gets harder and harder until you are abseiling down a rock with nothing but an old rope to hold on to! For 4 fit women in our 20s, this was definitely on the more extreme side of moderate.

Bring your bathing suit, a towel, a change of clothes, the will to live, HIKING BOOTS (trainers will get very muddy and wet), snacks and water. You will be crawling up bare exposed tree roots using your hands and knees, we had to sit down and slide down a few sections. Definitely don't wear good clothing and continue to pray to Jesus or your preferred God throughout the hike that you won't need to be lifted out by a helicopter at the bottom.

Enjoy the scenery. Stop between the screams of pain you will be making and have a look at some of the beautiful views. I thought I was going to need to set up camp and live at the bottom because the idea of hiking back up made me want to cry, but you will feel very accomplished when you finish this!

Parking was easy but the whole street was taken, residents put cones on the road so you can't park in front of some of their houses, but it is nothing major.

If you are up for a real challenge definitely give this a go, especially if you don't want to be able to walk the next day.

1 month ago

Waiau Ridge could be a really great trail IF it was cleared/hiked regularly. I hiked this trail with the HTMC in May 2018. This trail is on a very tall ridge allowing beautiful sunny views of both the North and South coasts of Oahu, plus rare views of the Central Valley. It’s a bit of a roller coaster at first, including the Big Dip around mile 4. After that the trail starts a serious ascent to the summit. As usual, HTMC did a fantastic job clearing the first 3-4 miles. After that, we were able to follow, with difficulty, a very feint trail for maybe a half mile. After that, the trail completely disappeared, and we ended up bushwhacking through the tall scratchy ulule and moss-covered trees, scrambling to find our way up the steep ridge in the misty rain to reach the summit. Not pleasant. Several times we stopped to question whether it was a good idea to continue. Eventually, we made it there after several false summits. The skies cleared just long enough for us to see the sandbar and turquoise blue coastline of the windward side. Worth it? Yes! Three of us crossed over the Ko’olau Summit Trail to the north and hiked back out the Waimano Ridge trail. Crossover took about 20 minutes. The three other people in our group went back down the Waiau Ridge trail. All in all, this hike is difficult, but rewarding, and should definitely satisfy your sense of adventure for awhile.

Love this hike! It’s a steep, enjoyably challenging track down and the bottom is such a treat! There’s a gorgeous waterfall to swim under that trickles down to another small waterfall that’s about a hot tub sized natural pool area and that trickles down to another fall with a deep swimming area with big ropes to climb and swing off as well as multiple points on every side with areas (marked with a white patch of spray paint) where you can jump off. The climbs to the jumping points range from easy to medium to hard. I had a great time with my boyfriend and family.

The trek up was pretty rough. I personally enjoyed it because I love strenuous hikes (something about it leaves this giant grin on my face, even when it’s a struggle) but my boyfriend’s sister was in hell, cussing up a storm. I saw multiple children on the way and it is doable with kids but I imagine it’d take some time due to some large steps and occasional moments when you need to use a rope to climb up/down.

10/10 will go back and advise you to JUST DO IT!!! I promise it’s worth it.

not a bad bike a few hills but nothing too crazy

Loved it! Ensure you wear good hiking shoes and be ready to get muddy...especially if you went on a day where it rained like I did!
Once you get close to the falls ensure you go LEFT...don’t go right, takes you to the bottom and it’s a 1/4 mile of cuteness but not the falls.

Give yourself plenty of time, don’t recommend going after 3pm.

1 month ago

mud mud mud mud mud mud mud mud and more mud

Amazing waterfall! Pretty difficult hike due to slippery pathways but definitely worth the hike!

1 month ago

We really enjoyed this hike. The full trail is probably closer to 7 miles. We turned around at 3 miles (from the beginning, not the split to the falls).

A challenging hike for a family with young adventurers, but we saw many!
The beautiful waterfall and a swim in the pools made it all worth it. Very pretty.
Recommend good shoes for hike.

1 month ago

Hiked today 4/22 at 9am. Street parking was easy and safe. Expect mud and to get your shoes and shorts muddy. The trail comes to a y as your start to decent towards the water. If you go right, You'll end up downstream and will have to hike up 1/4 mile to the falls. We jumped off the lower pool cliff into a 10ft pool. Upper falls was beautiful! We joined two other parties during the hike and had fun. Mahalo.

1 month ago

4/22/2018-Started hiking around 0730 and encountered 7 groups/solo hikers. (There was a pair of hikers with 8 dogs with them; the dogs seemed pretty friendly.) Trail was a little muddy but the weather held up and is shaded most of the way. Most of the tunnels were filled with water so I don’t imagine people will be trekking through those anytime soon. Noticed there was another trail at the end point that seems to head down into the valley but will explore that on another day.

The trail was muddy but we went the day after a good rain.. I thought it made it a lot more fun! You’ll want to pack swim wear, it also has a rope to swing off and jump in at the falls! Nice hike in, have a nice picnic and head out with plenty of day light. Will definitely do it again on my next visit to the island.

Watch out for broken glass! the start is nice and easy but there is a lot of broken glass, so watch you fur babies. Definitely in the harder side of moderate but I really enjoyed it!

Very muddy when we went, so it felt pretty dangerous and scary at times. But so worth it once you make it to the waterfall and swim in the water!! Easier coming back than going down. 100% recommend, would wear hiking shoes and bring bathing suit!

2 months ago

A fun hike that is well marked, easy to follow and gradually builds until the top. Decent elevation for sightseeing for those looking to get good views and gradual enough to trail run or bring the dogs. For those not looking to do a difficult trail, but still wanting the feel and great views of the Hawaiian rainforest, this hike is an excellent choice.

I went late March after some rain. Incredible hike. Falls, swimming hole, and cliff jumping were great though- so awesome. I’ll tell you parts of this, going down more so than up imo, are very hard though. Very steep parts and slippery. I did about 6 hikes in Oahu and this was my favorite.

2 months ago

Good hike but very muddy and steep. Do not attempt without hiking boots/shoes. At some points, there are ropes to help you. Honestly, I found the ropes more helpful going down than up.

Nice short hike to a pretty cool swimming hole.
Bug spray and towel because you’ll want to jump in after a humid, dry hike.

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