Established in 1972, Hanalei NWR is the oldest of Kaua
Great hike. After crossing the bridge make sure to grab one of the many walking sticks left by previous hikers. You will need it.
At about 100 steps you will come to a wide muddy area. Take your time and position your steps well. You don't want to get your shoes to muddy from the get go. If you minimize the mud here the rest of your hike will be a lot more fun.
If you like a workout this is s good one as you start going up right away and for an extended period. At the half mile mark you get a great view of the bay with power lines overhead. The next half mile keeps your legs burning too. After the first mile you get another view without power lines. The last .75 mikes is fun. The trail is skinnier and make your way threw small jungle areas. At the top you get a panoramic view of multiple sides of the island.
Definitely recommend if you want a good workout. I would bring a small backpack with a towel and socks just in case you get a little too muddy at the beginning. Walking stick is a must as it will help with coming down, can be slippery.
Beginning of the trail was very muddy. The way up to the first look out ( bench) was ok if it's wet it can be a bit slippery. However if someone want to do the whole trail be aware. It's slippery, the path can be very narrow and one has to slow down In order to make sure where to step. Couple of place are a bit sketchy. On my way to the end a couple of people turned around because they thought it was too dangerous. I don't think the view at the end was worth it. Again, the first lookout I would recommend but not the whole hike.
Being an avid hiker for many years (2-3 day/wk), in good shape, in my early 30's. One of the more challenging trails I have done on the island. I hiked at an aggressive pace, so it was a great workout. The first 3rd of the trail is pretty straight foward, I agree with some of the other reviews though, once you ascend higher up, the trail becomes more narrow, and less pronounced. If you stick with it, you get amazing views of Hanalei Bay; it's definitely worth the effort, and loved the hike. Highly recommended it, but if it has rained within 24hrs of your hike, the trail may be a bit slick in areas, and cause it to become more difficult.
We are in our mid-fifties and found this to be both challenging and not as much fun as we had hoped. In mid-March and with recent rains, much of the trail was very slick and parts were treacherous. Poles and good boots recommended - at least we found they helped a lot.
The view of the coast, sweeping from Hanalei Bay off to the east were wonderful.