Hanakapi'ai Falls Trail

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Hanakapi'ai Falls Trail is a 6.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Hanalei, Hawaii that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

6.9 miles 2775 feet Out & Back

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Hanakp'ai Falls Trail is located near Hanalei, Hawaii and features a waterfall. The trail is primarily used for hiking. The first 2 miles is a moderate hike to Hanakapiai Beach. From there it is another 2 strenuous miles to the falls. The trail is very muddy and slippery during the first mile. When hiking the trails of Kauai you can be forgiven for expecting to meet a T-Rex around the next bend, or to spot Indiana Jones running by with one hand on his hat and the other grasping some ancient artifact. Hollywood is a big fan of the this Hawaiian island's spectacular landscape, which is why it's a popular filming location for movies like Raiders of the Lost Ark and Jurasic Park. The 300 foot tall Hanakapi'ai Falls is definitely a spectacle you'd expect to star on the silver screen, and certainly worthy of a 8 mile out-and-back trek. Like most trails on Kauai, the route up to the falls is quite rugged and usually quite slippery, which is why we categorize this hike as hard. Also, this route should not be attempted during or immediately after a heavy rainfall.

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6 days ago

Wow! This trail lives up to everything in the reviews. Dirt, mud, rocks, bamboo, stream crossings (they aren't all gentle). Lots of elevation change in the first 2 miles. Beautiful coastline views too. We even saw whales are the trek back. Once you cross the stream and start towards the falls this trail turns nasty, but totally worth it. The waterfall is amazing!

One tip, definitely wear shoes with good grip that you're OK hiking in once they're wet, because they will be.

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29 days ago

Muddy at times and super slippery, this trail is not for the faint of heart. Totally worth it in the end! The waterfall is gorgeous but the swim is cold!

1 month ago

Hardest 8 plus miles I have ever done
Hot humid 7 stream crossings so you will get wet
Slippery rocks,muddy

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1 month ago

Great hike. For those who like a workout you get great inclines going in and going back. You have to cross the stream 4 or 5 times which makes for some fun frogger type action. Gorgeous views of the coast and the waterfall at the end is beautiful. You can even take a dip in the pool if you like. No doubt your shoes will get muddy so don't worry too much about keeping them clean at the beginning. Get there early for good parking and so you can enjoy the waterfall to your self.

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1 month ago

Great hike! Can get tricky at times with some river crossings, but definitely worth it! FYI if you bath in the waterfall make sure you bring a towel, it's COLD!

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1 month ago

Leave early to avoid crowds otherwise amazing hike

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1 month ago

One of the best hikes in Kauai, go early or deal with the crowds, be prepared for mud and multiple river crossings.

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