Kathy O. on Hanakapi'ai Falls Trail
it rained on us today (10/21/16). The 5 stream crossings were pretty fun but rough. Muddy, slippery, and overall awesome! Worth it seeing the magnificent falls.
Amazing hike but difficult during or after it rains. Pack plenty of food and water. I went through three liters without going to the bathroom once. Also, make sure to follow the ribbons tied to the trees once you get on Hanakapiai Trail (after Na Pali). If you do start hiking the wrong trail, which happened to us and judging by other reviewers it happens often, do not be alarmed. Just retrace your steps, find the first split, and look for the correct path with a ribbon tied to a nearby tree. Finally, plan at least 8 hours in case flash flooding stands you on either side of the river during the falls hike. Challenging hike but well worth it in the end. Felt like Rocky afterwards!
Kate E. on Na Pali Coast (Kalalau) Trail
gorgeous views. can get muddy at times
This trail has beautiful views. You get the best views of the coast before the beach, so you can cut back early if you do not want to fool with going downhill and crossing the stream. It can be difficult to cross. Wear proper footwear as parts of the trail are muddy.
Tough hike, but well worth it. Beautiful views on the first 2 miles in, then a rough up and down hike to the waterfall for another 2 miles. Definitely bring plenty of water and something to eat. There's a few small waterfalls on the way to cool you down, but don't drink the water.
Amber M. on Hanakapi'ai Falls Trail
The highlight of our trip to Kauai! Such beautiful views and the waterfall at the end was breathtaking. We swam underneath it (water was FREEZING!) Bring plenty of water and shoes for river crossings. The trail can change hourly depending on the rain so make sure to watch the forecast. We were climbing through mud and most of the trail turned to little waterfalls partway.
Just finished it yesterday, staying 2 nights on Kalalau beach. The trail is very difficult, hardly ever staying flat. It is full of steep switchbacks, uneven rocky and muddy terrain, hundreds of feet drop offs, and jungle overgrowing the trail. I suggest packing very light, have bug protection, good footwear, water treatment (plenty of water crossings so don't carry to much it'll weigh you down, and be prepared for the most challenging hike ever