I’m not a botanist by any means, and my knowledge of plants doesn’t go much beyond, “Oh, that’s pretty!” but I do enjoy the flora along the trail. There are funky vine/root things like this to see:
As well as lots of lush foliage like this:
And at the right time of the year there is also edible plant growth like mountain apples and these guavas. Yum!
This trail does get muddy in a few spots and at the waterfall you have to cross over a little stream. When we first took our boy on this hike (one of his first) he had issues with getting dirty and we had to use that parenting combo of bribes and threats to keep him moving on the trail, especially after he got a bit wet and muddy. He’s come a long way in the last year and this time we barely saw him during the hike because he was up at the front of the group trailblazing with his friends – and getting dirty! At the end of the hike we had him take off his muddy boots and pants before we let him get in his car seat. For once I thought to bring a plastic bag to put the muddy slippers and shoes in for the ride home and it came in really handy.
Here my husband and our girl are crossing the little stream below the waterfall. If you’re careful you can keep your feet dry as you go across. If you’re a 4 year old boy who’s no longer afraid of wet, muddy shoes, you just tramp straight through.
The trail continues on past the waterfall and not too far after the falls there’s a neat mango grove that we’ve gone to a few times. I think the trail goes all the way to the Likelike Highway but we’ve never gone that far. This was a great outdoor adventure with lots of those, “Lucky you live Hawaii” moments.
If you want to go:
• You should be able to find directions and trail details with a quick google search. We’ve always parked at Koolau Golf Course and hiked from there, though a lot of people start the hike from the Pali Lookout down the Old Pali Road. The hike is probably a little shorter and easier from the golf course but I can’t say for sure because I haven’t gone the other way.
• For those who enjoy geocaching there are a couple caches on this trail.
• Take drinking water (and snacks for kids) in with you and remember to take your trash out.
• Happy hiking!