Manoa Cliff Trail is part of the Honolulu Mauka Trail System. The trail begins in a thick swamp of mahagony and guava forest, ascending slowly. Shortly, the trail bursts out onto the cliffs above Manoa Valley. The trail contours the cliffs above Manoa Valley, and around Tantalus Crater to Pauoa Valley. This trail offers spectacular views of Manoa Valley, and 3 waterfalls in the back of the valley. Once out of the thick guava forest, the trail becomes mostly native, offering hikers the opportunity to view koa, ohia, mamaki, haha, kokiokeokeo, and many other native plants. This trail is also a good place close to town to view amakihi and apapane. Look carefully over the ginger, just before the Puu Ohia junction, for a unique view of Kaneohe.
This trail will intersect three other trails. The first intersection will be with Pu'u Ohia Trail on the left. The second intersection will be with Pauoa Flats Trail on the right. This intersection has a map of the entire Honolulu Mauka Trail System. The Manoa Cliff Trail ends at the junction of Kalawahine Trail, which you may take 1.1 miles back to Tantalus Drive. Stay on the trail. Pack out at least what you pack in. No open fires.
Do not use any trail or access road that is not delineated by name and color and that may also be displayed on these maps. The marked features are managed for public recreational use. Other trails or roads that branch off from the public features may be on private property, and are not managed for any public recreational use. Access is subject to adjacent landowner approval, and if used without authorization, you will be trespassing and possibly putting yourself at risk.
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Directions: From Honolulu, Proceed mauka (toward the mountain) on Round Top Drive, past Pu'u Ualaka'a State Park. Continue winding up the road, until you begin to see the brown and yellow trailhead signs along the side of road. Manoa Cliff Trail shares a small parking lot on the makai side of Round Top Drive, with Moleka Trail. The parking lot is directly adjacent the Moleka Trail. Manoa Cliff Trail is across the street from the lot.
Distance: 2.3 miles
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