Explore the most popular Bird Watching trails in Kauai 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
1 day ago

tree down completely blocking the trail not far into the loop portion going clockwise.

Pretty trail, relatively mild grade hills, recommend atop and turn around after 2.5 miles out. We did the full 4-x out and it was full of sun and not very scenic. Beautiful vistas. See pics.

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muddy
rocky
3 days ago

Awesome

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muddy
rocky
scramble
6 days ago

Great hike. We tracked 9.6 miles from the shuttle pavilion. First two miles are pretty easy and full of great views. When you turn up canyon towards falls after the first water crossing it’s muddy and more difficult. Still worth doing, just prepare for it to take longer and bring lots of water.

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muddy
over grown
7 days ago

My wife and I did the Canyon Trail and the Black Pipe trail as part of the return back. A tad muddy and slippery in certain sections but not nearly as bad we were anticipating especially given all the recent rain. Spectacular view of the canyon with a peekaboo of part of the falls. The Black Pipe look starting out from the branch at the Canyon Trail is narrow in spots and quite overgrown with grasses and such, but nothing too hard. However, there is a split in the trail about half way through that’s unmarked with no indication which way to go (right downwards or left uphill). We randomly chose to go left (uphill) to see where that took us and that worked (but missed seeing any water pools - so perhaps going right was also ok?). Surprised that there isn’t better signage now and then.

awesome day. awesome hike.

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fee
muddy
rocky
7 days ago

Great trail! The waterfall is a must! If possible, reserve two time slots for the parking pass to ensure you can spend time at the waterfall. Bring a lot of water if you are walking at noon.

Extremely beautiful, very muddy and slippery. Conquer with all other reviews.

long. wet. great. took 6 and half hrs round trip in a steady drizzle but loved the hike. got to the viewpoint and waited half hr but clouds never left. still worth the effort.

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muddy
10 days ago

An amazing hike. Not a super good view of the falls. Lots of other great views. Was a bit muddy, worth every minute though.

Looking for people to do this hike with at some point between the 2nd - 6th December. IG: laura.nott

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bugs
muddy
rocky
scramble
11 days ago

As others have noted the trail is muddy and slick. We brought our keen sandals for the water crossings. I would also suggest a clean pair of socks to change into at the falls. The most technical part is close to the falls. The most tiring is the incline back up from the beach. Start this hike early, you do not want to get caught in the dark on this one. Put bug spray on before you start and when you leave the falls. Tip: Book two parking time slots and start at 6:30am. It’s much cooler. Also, we over stayed our parking and it was fine. There were empty spots when we got back to the car, so it could have been a lot of no shows in our date. Good luck!

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muddy
off trail
rocky
scramble
washed out
12 days ago

Just completed this trail, here is my take from the trail. First things first the views are amazing and the fall at the end of the trail is totally worth it. In reality this trail is around 11 miles, I tracked it on my Apple Watch and the 6.7 is not accurate according to this app. There was a lot of unprepared people who went on this trail, I recommend bringing at least 2 to 3 liters of water or close to a gallon. Also bring some nuts or snacks that you can easily pack in your backpack. A pair of great hiking shoes, hat and sunglasses to protect yourself. This trail is more hard than moderate for the average person, I’m pretty fit and this trail gave me a pretty decent workout. If you’re scared of heights or don’t have good balance stay off this trail. I would definitely complete this trail again, worth all the sweat and mud.

Fun hike into Waimea Canyon and the top of the falls. VERY MUDDY this week. 4 stars mainly because there are so many other cools hikes nearby that I would rather do. If the fog is rolling in on the coast though, I would turn to this hike before the awa'awapuhi etc

hiking
12 days ago

Awesome sandstone cave with some formations, not a lava tube like i thought initially. Bring $$ to tip cave docent. Tortoises were so cute!

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