Makaua Falls Trail

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Trail Distance: 1.3 miles
Time Estimate: 3 hr
Elevation Gain: 944 feet
Leash Rule: On Leash
Difficulty: Hard
Parking: Free
Route Type: Out-and-back
Restroom: Yes
Description
The hike up to Makaua Falls is a bucket list item for many serious hikers and climbers because of the beauty of its surroundings and the pawsome "hidden" falls that lies at trail's end. Seldom a rush of water, the third falls is high, about 1400 feet. Luckily, the trail ends at the bottom of these falls, but getting there requires climbing with the help of ropes up two other, smaller chutes. Each falls has its own small pool at the bottom, pawrfect for a swim!

Getting to the trailhead requires parking at Swanzy Beach Park nearby and walking to the subdivision on Huamalani Road. The trailhead sits at the cul de sac at the end of the road, and you'll have to walk beside a house and behind it to find the sign. The trail isn't easy to follow at times, but if you keep your eyes on the pink ribbons and the rock-filled creek, you'll find the first waterfall. Large trees shade most of the trail, which is beset by bugs, so don't forget the bug spray - and your pooch's clean-up bags!

Bringing your fur-baby on this hike is something you need to think about. Is your pup small enough to carry if they can't make it up the steep sides of the falls? Falling on slippery rocks is a danger throughout this hike, and while most dogs have far better balance than their humans, it's wise to keep an eye on them. Where you may have to use the ropes to assist in the climb up the side of the two smaller falls, Fido may be able to hop, skip and jump nimbly to the top. Using detours to get around something you will have to climb over is another pooch trick.

Prepare for this furtastic adventure by bringing lots of water, a towel, shoes that can survive water and mud, climbing microspikes and determination. Kiddos love this hike because they're limber and can bend under fallen trees and even climb up some of the tree roots and vines that line the walls of the narrow valley. For adults, pacing is more important. 

This may not be the best hike for your doggo, but if you go, you'll both have a ball with all of the adventures and rewards!

Trail Features
Muddy, Rocky, Steep Inclines, Forest, River, Mountains
Abundant Wildlife, Waterfall, Scenic
Cautions & Considerations
The terrain on this trail is extremely challenging and it's recommended that only highly experienced hikers attempt it. Take your pup's skill and condition into consideration as well. Watch for slippery rocks, falling rocks, and flash floods.
Address
Huamalani Rd
Kaaawa, HI 96730
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Address
Huamalani Rd
Kaaawa, HI 96730
Hours
Mon Sunrise - Sunset
Tue Sunrise - Sunset
Wed Sunrise - Sunset
Thu Sunrise - Sunset
Fri Sunrise - Sunset
Sat Sunrise - Sunset
Sun Sunrise - Sunset