17 Mar Maunawili Falls Hike – Oahu
Now we know why this hike had three “difficulty points” despite being only 2.6 miles long. We did the Maunawili Falls hike on a week that had seen very little rain, so for the first ten minutes, I thought we were in the clear. Turns out there is no avoiding the mud and water on this one. While not as messy as our earlier escapades at Lulumahu, crossing the creek at Maunawili seemed a little more challenging. Fortunately, there was a bamboo forest nearby with ample supply of walking sticks!
Now that we look back on the map that was posted at the entrance, I’m pretty sure we didn’t take the prescribed route the whole way. But neither did anyone else we saw that day – with the exception of one group of ladies we spotted across the creek while we were on our way back. Our fatal flaw seems to be that we missed the first creek crossing and continued too far along the left side of the water. Oh well, we survived. There were trails on both sides. And who knows how challenging the “official” route would have been compared to ours.
As with most hikes on this side of the island, the scenery was lush and jungly with beautiful tangles of tree roots and rich, rusty earth beneath our feet. As I mentioned before, we went on a week free of rain and it was still wet. This picture below is from the “dry” part of the hike.
This is about as big as the elevation changes get.
Stream crossings are much easier with a walking stick. If you have water shoes (a.k.a. aqua-socks) with good grip, this would be a good place to wear them. Otherwise, step carefully!
We’re always astounded by the trees we find on these hikes. Each one is like its own work of art if you take the time to admire them.
At the end of the hike, Maunawili waterfall is tucked into the corner of a serene lagoon. Many people come to jump off the rocks into the pool below.
Tips for Happy Hiking
Be sure you have good footwear with traction. You will cross the creek a few times on wet rocks and the trail can get muddy in places. We picked up a bamboo walking stick during the hike, which was definitely helpful. We also made sure to spray ourselves with mosquito repellent before heading out.
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