Hanakapi'ai Falls Trail is a 6.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Hanalei, HI that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.
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. Elevation gain: • 600ft (from 50 - 500ft)
Easy trail typical Kauai trail with some wet spots, took my 21 month old in a babypack so 35+ pounds and hiked there and back with a 30 min rest on beach total time 3 hours. Anyone can do this 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!
Tough and slippery but stunning! Definitely wear good boots or hiking shoes.
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.
Awesome, muddy, bucket list of fun. Myself, my wife and three teenage daughters made it there and back in eight hours or so. Swimming at the beach at the end at sunset made for a memorable ending.
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.
pretty difficult for a novice. please bring PLENTY of fluids and food
This is the trail I've enjoyed the most at the Napali coast. It's not for everyone,the trail is very slippery and muddy depending on the rain. You'll have to cross several time the small river and this is probably the most difficult part because the risk of falling down is high. At the end the reward of the trail is amazing. The waterfall is beautiful and you can enjoy a great bath in a beautiful natural pool. During the trail is also very nice the first part with a lot of bamboo trees. If you do his trail together with he Hanakapiai beach one, you should consider a total of about 6hrs return trail.
The trail was absolutely beautiful but crossing the creek which becomes a raging river in the rain becomes extraordinarily difficult. The trail itself becomes a creek too in the rain. Keep an eye out for the pink or orange tape that marks the trail when it gets confusing and try to remember where you saw it last.
I did this trail in early February. It had not rained in a few days which was perfect! If you can, try to go when it hasn't rained, this will make crossing the creek easier. The trail is very clear until you hit the beach and have to head inland towards the falls. You will pass over the creek several times. The trail is sometimes unclear, but looks for the pink or yellow tags. As long as you're close to the creek, you're close to the trail. The falls are fabulous. But for me, the views of the NaPali Coast for the first couple miles are the best. I was on the trail by 5:45-6ish, in the dark, and I was the first on the trail. I knew this because of the many spider webs I walked right into. Watching the sunrise on the NaPali Coast was a truly spiritual experience. Bring clothes you don't mind getting dirty! I wore hiking boots. My friend wore Chacos. Both work well.
A strenuous but amazing hike.
This trail is one of the most spectacular views of the Nā Pali coast you will experience on foot. The first two miles take you down to Hanakapi'ai beach. Then you can take the two mile hike up to the falls. The terrain is rugged and the trailed isn't maintained regularly however, if you are ok with getting dirty and I mean full of mud and play a little slip and slide with the jagged rocks, the hike is definitely worth it. The trail veers inland and to the coast on and off suddenly exposing cliffs and the ocean. The 300 ft fall makes the hike worth all the trouble it takes to get to it. Although some say it's best if you are an experienced hiker to do this, my wife and I saw people of all ages hiking it. So it depends on your determination.
From the beach it is about 2.2 miles of some pretty rough terrain. Uneven, wet, muddy and slippery. The views of the coast are all on the first two miles down to the beach, from there the trail goes inland and it's pretty much jungle until you get to the falls you will cross the river many times so be prepared to get wet. We definitely recommend this hike. By far it is one of the best hikes in Kauai.
Bring bug repellent, some good comfortable shoes, plenty of water, some snacks, sun block, and a hat.
this is a great trail.. I did it at 6am and was first on the mountain. only problem is I did it right after a serious storm came thru and the trail had been closed for a couple days due to excessive rain. so needless to say the trail was a mess and most of the time I had no idea where I was going. it would be great if some additional ribbons marketed the path, but I figure the locals really don't care and couldn't care less about visitors struggling thru the hike a little bit here and there.