Explore the most popular Camping trails in Hawaii with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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muddy
20 hours ago

Very beautiful views, some muddy spots but a lot of shade.

Beautiful trail! Slippery, wear good trail shoes! We did not have enough water or light remaining in the day to make it to the falls but we made it to the beach. Everyone who we encountered who made it to the falls said it was amazing but more difficult than they expected. I was attacked by mosquitos and constantly putting more bug spray on as I think I was sweating it off. Bring lots of water.

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hiking
1 day ago

Great hike. Have done it 10 times. Sometimes it's very muddy. 1000' elevation from highest to lowest points, just right for me. Good exercise with lots of shade and some views. Plenty of parking. Lots of people run this route.

Nice and cool up high with shade. Still hot and humid overall. Bring water filter. Used running shoes but trail shoes and poles would have been better.

Insanely beautiful! Buggy and humid. Definitely bring more water than you think. It’s a hell of a hike but so so worth it!

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no shade
2 days ago

We hiked from the parking lot to the summit then down sliding sands all the way to the Kapalaoa Cabin (farther than the listed trail.) We didn’t really see anyone after the first couple of miles from the parking lot and were completely alone in the crater. As others said, there is no shade and no water (including at the cabin). Take care that you have the energy to hike out. We had a blue bird day and the trail is in good shape. We also ventured out to the side trail around an indent part way down. All in we did just over 14 miles.

hiking
4 days ago

It's flat and nice. Nothing amazing but a solid hike.

on Likeke Loop

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muddy
over grown
scramble
4 days ago

Great trail! Good work out! Wear hiking shoes; it is muddy and slippery. Bring water; the hike was about 6 miles for us. It’s a beautiful trail and definitely worth it!

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rocky
4 days ago

Beautiful hike with beautiful scenery. Recommend the in and out from the top for a good workout. Went down after sunrise and did a 12 mile loop around a central crater to Kapalaoa cabin. Nice to stop there for lunch and then back to top. Can see some wildlife around the cabin. Beautiful scenery!

We walked over 25 year’s ago. An experience we will never forget.

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bugs
muddy
5 days ago

Fairly easy trail, done with both my kids (5/6yo)...lots of mosquitos! Bring lots of water, few snacks for the top, and lather up the big spray. Stairs could get super slippery after a rain.

After watching the sun rise we hiked down at 6:30am. We did a 6 hour loops down to the bottom, around to the cabin and back up. Stopped at the cabin and had lunch. Beautiful and long but worth it. Spectacular views at every turn.

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muddy
over grown
rocky
washed out
6 days ago

The Kalalau trail is the most difficult yet stunningly beautiful hike I’ve ever done. I hiked 2 miles along the Nā Pali Coast to Hanakāpīʻai Beach and then hiked 2 miles to Hanakāpīʻai Falls. The trail starts off quite steep but levels off fairly quickly for a short while. The terrain is rugged and can be quite muddy, uneven, and rocky. Plan to get muddy and wet. I brought a hiking pole along with me but many people did not have them. Having one helped me a lot. I hiked in Teva hiking sandals which are made to go in water. The mud made them a little slick at times but there’s plenty of freshwater along the way to rinse them off. Many people had on hiking boots or other least of footwear and had to stop at every stream to take them off and then stop on the other side to put them back on again. I’m glad I didn’t have to do that. If you want to reach the sandy part of the beach to get closer to the waves, you have to wade through waist deep water. You can cool off in the water you wade through but do not swim on the beach side. Drownings are common here. The waves are big and crash down hard. There is a powerful undertow as well. The hike from the beach to the falls is much more difficult than the first two mile hike to the beach. Many areas are very wet and muddy and other areas are nothing but rocks of every size and shape imaginable that you must maneuver to keep pushing forward. You will cross many streams of various widths and depths. There are a few areas where you will be slowly moving a long wet narrow rocky ledges. This is not a hike for the faint of heart. I have a fear of heights but the first two miles were not bad because there tends to be a lot of vegetation on both sides of the trail hiding the drop down the dangerous cliffs below. The second 2 miles to the falls were a bit more scary but you’re focusing so hard on where your feet are that you’re not really looking at the drop down unless you stop to do so. I am 60 years old and in fairly good shape; I hike a couple times a month. This hike will push you physically and mentally. The one thing I did not anticipate was the toll the uneven, rugged terrain would take on my knees. The last half mile back was difficult due to the pain in my knees. Walking was difficult for about six hours. I iced my knees on and off for most of the night and was able to walk easier the next day. We got a day pass, not a parking pass, and parked are car at the beach 1 mile east of the trail head and then walked into the park. When we parked at 7 AM there was only one other car in that lot. It’s free, has a shower, and toilets. We started hiking around 7:30 AM and we returned at 3:30 PM. I drank about 40 ounces of water along the trail. I brought it all with me. I also brought food. I’m glad I did. Most people add photos of the gorgeous views which are spectacular but I added photos of the trail conditions. I don’t know if I would do this hike again due to the difficulty but I’m so glad I did! It’s breathtaking!

Totally worth it. Amazing trail and the most beautiful beach I’ve ever seen. Paradise

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muddy
6 days ago

Live this trail because of it's intermittent views, and quantity of shade! Beautiful walk through the woods.

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bugs
muddy
6 days ago

hiking
muddy
6 days ago

this trail was extremely muddy my son and I both slipped and fell in the mud before finishing the trail. so I STRONGLY suggest that you plan for this hike during the dry season.

It’s over 5 miles according to my Apple Watch...terrains goes from typical forrest to pine forest to another type of pine forest to slippery above ground roots and finally opens up to many series of stairs with open mountain and city views all the way to the top. An absolutely gorgeous view at the top! Well worth it.

Clocking in at over 5 miles on my Garmin GPS watch, this trail was a bit longer and tougher than we thought heading out. It begins with several rocky switchbacks that made me glad to have my hiking boots on, through some beautiful scenery. You get a great switch between tropical and pine as you ascend the trails. After hitting the picnic area about 2 miles in the trail turns steep to get to the summit, with many roots and eventual stairs to the top, some areas still muddy and slippery, that proved quite tiring and puts this towards the harder end of moderate for us. The views at the summit are definitely amazing for the east side of the island and the hike was worth it. Bring plenty of water as there's no shade once you hit the ridge portion of the trail and hiking boots definitely recommended.

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bugs
muddy
7 days ago

should be rated easy. very muddy. mostly shaded. plentiful parking areas.

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bugs
muddy
7 days ago

Wear closed shoes as boggy in places. Interesting to learn about the dam. Nice morning with shade.

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