- Getting There: Proceed mauka on Round Top Drive to the parking lot on the opposite side of the road directly adjacent the Moleka Trail. 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.
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