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Awesome views of cliffs and coast. Nice little hike. Allow 1.5-2 hrs to take it all in. Steep drop offs on both sides at times. Would not be good if raining or muddy.

Very beautiful views and sooo much better than from the viewing platform. Definitely worth it especially since it's such a short hike.

This hike was really enjoyable. The first part of the hike is not all that spectacular but the second parts gets really interesting and the view at the end is simply breathtaking. We did a very interesting option which is to take the 2 mile connection trail to the Awa'awapuhi trail. Dont be surprised if the trail is unmaintaned at the beginning. Taking both trails allows you to make a 11 mile loop trail which takes about 6 hours.The views at Nu'alolo cliff trail are more impressive but Awa'awapuhi should still not be missed. Either you can park two cars at both trail heads or walk along the road back to the original car park.

This hike was really enjoyable. The first part of the hike is not all that spectacular but the second parts gets really interesting and the view at the end is simply breathtaking. Make sure to go down ridge a little bit at the end of trail because only from there you really have a good view. We did a very interesting option which is to take the 2 mile connection trail to the Nu'alolo cliff trail. That allows you to make a 11 mile loop trail which takes about 6 hours.The views at Nu'alolo cliff trail are actually even more impressive. Either you can park two cars at both trail heads or walk along the road back to the original car park.

Pound for pound this hike was one of the bests for views throughout the hike. It’s short but decently intense. If you’re scared of heights this one may not be for you as it is pretty much the definition of ridge trail in some places.

Pretty good easy hike. While the hike is moderate, there are a few small steep climbs that may be difficult depending on your age and experience. Not the best in the area but probably a good first trail to do if you haven’t hiked in Kauai before. The waterfall at the end is a little underwhelming since you are at the top of the massive drop. My personal favorite views were right before you start to descend to the waterfall. Awesome canyon views.

hiking
1 day ago

Awesome hike. On your way down, up to around mile 3 you start to wonder why this hike is labeled hard, then it kicks up the intensity. Unparalleled views at the end. Recommend hanging out down at the end for an hour or so before you tackle all that elevation on the way back. We went in at 12:30, hung out for an hour past the trail end (don’t stop at the end sign the best views are yet to come) and were back at the trailhead by 5:30. Save water for the hike back. Overall for an ‘Unmaintained’ trail the trail was in great shape. Would recommend pants though as there are some areas of thick brush.

awesome. must do

Very enjoyable hike. Right balance between exercise and view. We found the view of the canyon very impressive and liked the two cute, private waterfalls very much. Our advice, start really early and see the day come upon the valley.

Beautiful views of the canyon with refreshing stops at 2 waterfalls.

We went on a dry day and it wasn’t too muddy - if it had been wet like our previous trails in the week it would have been very difficult.

I would rate this as moderate to difficult due to the elevation gain. Overall enjoyable with breathtaking views of the canyon.

spectacular views!

Great hike to the canyon, the waterfalls are anti-climax haha. If you want to see a real real waterfall, go to wailua waterfalls

We did this hike after the canyon trail to waipoo falls... What a ugly and awful hike.. Nothing to see.

Aaaaamaaaazing hike!!! Would recommend everyone!

Awesome hike that I would rate as "Moderate+". The first few miles are some hills, but nothing too bad and it's mixed with flat sections. The last half mile is pretty steep but the Nā Pali coastal view is the best I've seen yet! Wow! Coming back will, of course, be steep but nothing too bad. If muddy,this trail would have been more difficult because it gets slippery. A few parts are a little overgrown, but trail is well maintained and easy to follow.

This was a great hike, easy in , a bit more strenuous on the way out because it was more up hill. We went early to beat the heat.

trail running
2 days ago

AMAZING!!! Very short with stunning views throughout. It was dry when I did it and really not scary at all, though I can see it being very different when wet.

A little muddy but not bad! Worth the beautiful view!

hiking
4 days ago

Ok... I hate heights! But this hike was amazing. I did it cause it was rated difficult and made me conquer my heights worry. AND... cause my GF wanted to do it. It’s easy really. Mostly down hill out and all uphill back. Awesome views! Keep your wits about you... my GF tried the last little 40-50ft path to look out but turned back. I was very frightened for her. I uploaded a pic. DONT try it! Not worth it.

Nice hike. Easy going down, but streanous coming back up. Be sure to have water, hicking shoes or sneakers, and a camera!

hiking
5 days ago

We did this hike in about 2.5 hours. It is 3.25 miles to the lookout. The hike to the lookout is mostly down hill, so remember to save plenty of water for the hike back.

Enjoyed this hike and the views are spectacular. The only reason I’m giving this 4/5 stars is the Waterfall at the end is kind of a buzzkill. Look, I’m from upstate New York so Niagara Falls is in my backyard - I have high standards.

One thing I’ll say: please wear proper foot attire. An elderly woman was wearing sandals and fell walking over loose stone. This hike is very manageable but if you’re going to wear sandals, well, you’re in for quite an adventure.

Finally, I wouldn’t recommend bringing children under the age of 18 on this hike. I saw a mother with kids no older than 8 and it looked like she was experiencing hell.

What a great little hike!

Immediate and huge payout for such a short hike. Not challenging if you’re a frequent hiker- Incredible views the entire way, a few moments of needing to watch footing etc but one of the hands down most beautiful trails we have ever been on.

hiking
7 days ago

Great hike with big payout at the end, but you definitely work to get there. trail is a bit overgrown and thick at the start - you’re in trees and more mountainous trail terrain then it opens up to some epic views. Stair master like on the way back up and out of the trail, still worth it if you’re up for the workout.

hiking
9 days ago

Gorgeous hike. Amazing view of the cathedrals in the Na Pali Coast and the valley. There was even a rainbow as we hiked this trail. Easy hike for sunset ~30 min down. Don’t go if it has rained- can be very muddy and narrow path (4000 ft high) end also gets narrow and can make you realize you’re afraid of heights

Best views in the world at the start of the hike. Hiking through the swamp was unique and fun. Only reason not a 5 star is clouds at the lookout.

hiking
11 days ago

Incredible views!!!

This trial is well maintained and has a very rewarding view at the end. It is not a technical trail but the return is a steady grueling climb. I highly recommend starting this trail early before the heat of the day so you can get as much shade on the return at possible. Pack plenty of water. There are no services at the trailhead so plan ahead. The camp store is a great stop for coffee and sandwiches. Don’t expect to find seclusion, this trail has high traffic.

hiking
12 days ago

Start the hike early to beat the crowds and heat. It wasn’t muddy during my hike but I can only imagine how difficult the hike would be with muddy conditions. Be sure to journey past the railing at the end to get the better views.

The views at the end of the trail are just breathtaking...

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