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Falls, Ko'loa (Turtle)

Distance from Laie:½ Miles (0.8 km)
Avg. Time to do activity:   6 Hours

Ko'loa Falls (located in Ko'loa Gulch) is commonly known as Turtle Falls. It's a popular trail for BYUH students and it requires no transportation - just a 10 minute walk down Kam Highway from the Polynesian Cultural Center. (This is not the ginger pool or PCC falls located behind the PCC). When you reach the white mansion, take the first right up the gravel road. It will lead to the trail head as in the picture at left. In the photo below the trail is identified by the purple line in the upper left portion of the image. There will be a chain across the path to prevent vehicles from entering and a sign with a short description of the trail. A little further up you will find a memorial (photo at right) dedicated to a young scout named Jonathan Taylor who died on the trail in a sudden rainfall and flood.
The trail to the waterfall is 3.4 miles long and averages 3 hours one way. The trail crosses the stream about 30 times so be prepared to get your feet wet. At crossing you will find pink trail markers with a number writen on them that represents the crossing number. (The first time you cross the stream the marker will have a one on it). The stream crossings are usually slippery and even the more talented hikers will slip and fall in at least once or twice. Seal cameras and electronics in ziplock bags if they are not waterproof. Be observant and cautious of the weather and rain.





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