Honolulu, Hawaii

Hike up to see Lulumahu Falls from above before heading to the waterfall

Out-and-Back Trail

Originally added by Jarric Ramos

Before heading to the waterfall, challenge yourself and take the hillside detour to see the falls and the beauty of the entire area from above

Even without hiking to the top, getting to Lulumahu Falls is an adventure! You park right off the highway and walk straight into a bamboo jungle. After weaving through bamboo, you find a trail that leads you along a creek and through mud, until you find an open area with a graffiti wall. From there you go up the stairs across from the graffiti wall and continue following the creek. You're going to walk over a dam-like walkway area and here is where you want to take a fork in the road.

Right after you walk across the dam-like walkway, you will want to cross the creek to the right and go up the trail. The trail will continue for a bit close the the creek (the creek now to the left of you) and as the trail starts feeling less like a trail you will see some ribbons guiding your way. There are some ribbons that keep you creekside, and some that lead you hillside. Follow the ones that lead you hillside away from the creek. If you stay close to the creek you will end up at the waterfall. Try and find the detour up the hill.

As you head higher, the trail will continue to feel less and less like a trail. As it becomes steeper, you will need to use your hands to grab trees and branches to help you climb up the muddy trail. You will climb over roots and duck under branches as you go higher and higher. Eventually when you get to the top you can see the waterfall and get 180 degree views of the area.

Be careful going down, as the entire area is muddy and slippery. Go down the same way you went up, and when you get back to the creekside trail, continue to follow the creek until you get to the waterfall.

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Tags

Swimming
Hiking
Easy Parking
Waterfall

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