Lulumahu Falls is one of the most beautiful hikes I have ever done in my life and one of my favorites on Oahu so far!
Getting To Lulumahu Falls
Lulumahu Falls is right off of Pali Highway. While driving on Pali Highway going North towards Kaneohe, you will see a small lot on the side of the highway where cars are parked – that is where you want to pull off to park. It is before the Nu’uanu Pali Lookout.
From The Lot To The Falls
To begin, we walked through this bamboo forest that is just covered in mud. I felt like I stepped into another world when going through this part. I felt like I was hiking through the jungle and had stepped into another world while walking through this part of the hike, it took me out of all of the hustle and bustle and made me feel like I was in the wild. I was just embracing my feet getting all muddy because there was no getting out of it. Unfortunately I don’t have any pictures of this part.
Once we got through the bamboo path, we walked up to this reservoir where we were surrounded by beautiful mountains. In the far distance we could see a waterfall and if you look north or south we could see the ocean in the distance. The waterfall you see in the distance is not Lulumahu Falls – I thought it was at first.
There was a sidewalk that went towards the mountains that we followed. It brought us to the trail we had to follow to get to the waterfall. This part of the trail is in the forest the entire time and we just followed the path that is along the stream all the way up to the waterfall. This hike is awesome because it is so action packed. We were taking the stream up at times, climbing over tree branches, and so much more.
Once we got to the waterfall we were able to walk right up to it and go underneath it which was so awesome! I have never been able to do that before. The waterfall has this small swimming hole that you can wade in. It wasn’t big enough to actually swim in but we still hung out in the water for a little bit. Another thing I loved about this hike is how the waterfall is surrounded by these giant rock walls that are covered in moss and has little droplets of water running down it. It’s beautiful.
Heading back to the car is just as fun because you follow the same path. The only bad thing was that our feet got extremely muddy again right before we got back to the car due to the bamboo part of the trail. Luckily we have a gallon of water we leave in the car so we were able to rinse our feet off!
Something that we do when hiking this trail is to wear our bathing suits underneath our shirt and shorts, that way we just get our bathing suit wet and don’t have to hike back to the car in soaking wet clothes. Another thing you will definitely want to do is either bring a change of shoes or a big container of water to rinse your shoes off with. We do both. It’s also good to bring a trash bag to put your muddy shoes in so they don’t ruin the car. You may also want to bring towels to dry off with or to sit on them in the car. You will still be wet and definitely muddy because right before you get back to the car, it is time to trek through the muddy bamboo forest again! Bring snacks and/or a lunch to eat when you get up to the waterfall and plenty of water to drink! It’s always a good idea to pack water and something to eat when hiking.
- Wear Your Bathing Suit
- Towel to dry off with and place on car seats
- Shoes to change into afterwards
- Water to drink and snacks to eat
- Water to rinse off with afterwards
Have you hiked this trail before? Do you have favorite hikes on Oahu that I haven’t mentioned? Comment below to tell me about it!