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

Quick and easy not really So much a hike just a quick walk down an old roadway

11 days ago

A new fav! Loved the inclines to include the 196 stairs at the onset. Added a new rope near the completion point/summit.

Elevation gained 1624ft.
Distance to turn, 2.10 miles

Be advised, several areas are shear like along the ridge with a narrow margin of trail. Also, you'll acquire some friends in the way of burs that stick to your clothing.

17 days ago

Its a pretty basic short loop trail with a very small waterfall that kids like to jump in. The best waterfall on the island lulumalu falls is right next to it though so while the trail is certainly nice, based on Oahu standards it is pretty mediocre but if you are a tourist you will like it. Still there are much better trails. If you want to join up as a group on a real one my email is justindavidsands@gmail.com

Kind of over-cast day today with the sun playing some peek-a-boo... Lots of mud but passable. Need to watch out for the roots which criss-cross the path. The steeper portions can be slippery. Had to weave ourselves over a few fallen logs. Overall, a very pleasant and short hike. Enjoyed the ruins.

Very easy and pretty! A sign tells you a bit about the history. Cool spot to just sit and do a little meditation or take a break for a while.

Short hike leading to beautiful ruins followed by a steep drop to get to the river & the waterfalls. Cute & worth it!

We skipped the dirt lot due to some 'shady' activity and drove up the road a bit to a small pullout right by the entrance for the trail. The trek is quite overgrown an the waterfall to the right is a bit of a pain to get to and not worth it. The Ruins on the left were quite peaceful and interesting. If you decide to go be respectful. They have made this off limits due to vandalism and people littering.

went to do this trail the first time and had trouble finding it , the second time I tried to find it I couldn't believe I had missed it lol .

followed the other comments directions, keeping left along the trail, and found it with ease.

beautiful place and glad to have experienced it, was a little hesitant at first due to it being a sacred place but we were respectful.

went to try and look for the waterfall but my friend started hearing noises and we saw a seat pad like thing nailed to a tree and we got creeped out and made our way briskly to the exit.

1 month ago

Beautiful trail that opens to a grove of large pines! Muddy and rooty- of course!

1 month ago

Trail totally overgrown. Made it in a little ways then totally lost the trail and gps didn’t help. Trail is gone.

1 month ago

Completed with a "newbie" so the trek was slow and with the recent rains some definite slick spots.

Decided to take the road back since the trail was a little slick.

Ended up being 2.5 miles.

1 month ago

Completed a portion but then switched to Nuihana. Other portion to follow later....completed today( a month later) - good 2.6 miles lots of elevation change, little mud since no real rains lately.

Nice canopy for shade when it's hot out.

Good for families and kids.

1 month ago

Definitely a cardio workout! Beautiful views up top. Wouldn't recommend beginners to do it.

1 month ago

Nice trail, easy to moderate based on root structure and elevation changes.

Couple spots to swim with off shoots of the main trail.

Stumbled upon the ruins while hiking to Lulumahu Falls, cool trail through some think bamboo forest, very peaceful and tranquil. Definitely recommend especially since you can go by the ruins and waterfall in one trip.

2 months ago

Great little hike. Nice little waterfall and awesome trees

Almost 200 stairsteps lead off this very nice ridge hike. We managed to complete in just over 3 hours and only 1 fall. There is a likely turnaround point about 2/3 of the way. Go to the end before turning around, it’s worth it.

Hiked this trail today. Would rate it high end of moderate because of overgrown uluhe, etc in the last mile plus covering the single track and very muddy trail. Bring a few liters of water and some snacks. Had a few ropes but not really needed. GPS showed 8.04 miles.

We had a hard time finding it, but if you park right off the Pali walk down the road that’s next to the parking lot, follow it down through the tunnel of trees. When the road bends, there will be an opening on the left. You can’t see the sign it’s in the bushes. After your on the trail a minute, take a left at the first fork it goes up slightly. After another 5-10 minutes there will be another fork. Left again and it will be shortly after that. Be mindful, don’t touch or stand on structures. It’s a historic site. Be respectful and remember it’s a quiet area.

Fun hike to do in the rain. Once we got to the top of the waterfall, we headed back out. No need for us to take the much more difficult route to get to the bottom. We enjoyed the adventure overall and it was very manageable. We had an 11 year old and 5 year old hiking with us as well.

Does anyone know if there is flowing water/springs on this trail that you can use for purifying?

Really great for baby wearing! Easy and scenic.

3 months ago

Awesome, very unique hike! If bringing kids or pets, it would be much advised to wait until the weather has been dry for at least a few days. We did it the day after a small rain storm, but after about a week of a swell. The river was extremely high! There were actual rapids, making the crossing fairly difficult for adults. My son, aged 3, had to be carried across and the water reached to my stomach and was very fast moving. It was absolutely worth it, though!
With the extra high waters, it was hard in two spots to find the path. The map had a hard time pinpointing my location, so it was a very loose guide.
We LOVED it! Definitely recommend

4 months ago

It was so peaceful and beautiful! It’s a little hard to find at first but I found some good directions online. If you know of the Pali highway the dirty parking lot for lulumahu falls you can park there and then the road to your right is called Nu’uanu Pali Drive you can either walk down there and at the very end you’ll see where it is or you can drive down there and park next to the water pipeline building. Which will be on your right side. It’s a little up the road to the right hand side across the street from water pipe line building. Be very respectful and don’t throw trash it’s a very quiet peaceful Hawaiian sacred. Grounds. If you posted pictures of mine give directions as well as it’s hard to fine

4 months ago

Very kid friendly, easy hike. Mosquitoes and mud, so come prepared with bug spray.

4 months ago

Moderate hike with some nice views. Best to park on Kalihi Street and walk to trailhead. About 2.1 miles out to turnaround area. Looks like the trail goes further through some uluhe, but saved that for next time.

4 months ago

Easy hike with bamboo trees, captain cook pines, and stream with waterfall. Kid and pet friendly.

Beautiful trees, you have to walk through the water at the beginning. The trail gets pretty muddy in spots, bring bug spray and wipes to wipe your hands if you need too. Our family had a great time!

Be respectful of the land and history that is here. It really is beautiful! Once you find the trailhead it is a short and easy walk. Bring bug spray. We tried to find the falls but gave up.

5 months ago

Easy hike with geocaching, only negative is the pig hunters with dogs.

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