Nestled in the back of beautiful Manoa Valley, this hike takes you along side Lyon Arboretum and Manoa stream. On the day we went, it was actually quite busy. You can pay $5 to park in the former Paradise Park parking lot or park outside in the residential area and walk in. Be aware that even on the most beautiful sun filled days, you may get rained on in the valley.
As we began our hike, we actually got rained on pretty hard. But it was a passing shower. The hike begins on a wide trail leading up into the forest then narrows out to about anywhere from 4-10 feet wide. Almost always wet and muddy, it can be very slippery if you’re not careful. After the 30 minute or so hike, you are rewarded by a waterfall flowing down a sheer rock face into a small pool. Large boulders dot the edge of the pool. I great place to meditate while listening to the falling water. Very serene. On your way out, there’s a water hose where you can wash off all the mud. And yes, you will get muddy and dirty.
Bring along shoes that you don’t mind being caked with mud, some water and a camera. Also have a change of clothes and shoes in your car if you want to get out of your wet muddy clothes afterward. Oh and don’t forget the mosquito repellent.