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6 hours ago

Probably the best hike (this and the loop in the north part with several arches). This is a clasic and a must-hike./walk

Excellent. Not crowded

Numerous beautiful views on this < 2 hr loop trail. A little muddy today and lots of fellow hikers but worth it

hiking
2 days ago

Excellent trail. Nearly all downhill en route to the end views and therefore entirely uphill heading back. Varying jungle forests and lots of roots to climb over but the views at the end are dramatic and worth it. Nā Pali coast views never let you down, so keep going even down to the dangerous precipice.

This was a good, well trafficked hike. We completed this hike in early August and it was very hot. Make sure to bring plenty of water.

Incredible views! Going down is pretty easy when it's not too muddy. Going back is all uphill and slippery when wet.

hiking
4 days ago

More moderate than hard - I’m carrying a fair bit of excess baggage and found this walk ok - defo 5 stars

I hiked this today and I was very happy with the trip. It takes a leisurely couple hours and expect some 60% gradients and a lot of stairs. Well worth it though!

Absolutely amazing views from the arch! Take plenty of water. It was cloudy and 55 degrees and I still went through two bottles. I went early in the morning and was at the arch by 9. There were tons of people heading up on my way back down, so I recommend going early. Well worth the hike. This one is a must do!

hiking
9 days ago

We went with our young kids in 65-70 degree weather. Perfect! The trail is awesome, with some parts like they were lifted from the set of an old western. Before going, we had our kids practice walking single file along an imaginary cliff edge. I'm glad we did for the last stretch by the drop off, because our usually rambunctious kids were well-behaved. The arch is amazing to see, but it's not the most kid-friendly point with drop offs all around. We stayed for about two minutes then turned back.

We went at sunset, and that might be overrated. I'm not sure it was different than any other time of day.

hiking
11 days ago

Decent hike, mostly shaded, great views at the end. Slippery and strenuous, took approx 4 hours with a short break at the turnaround. Popular trail, get there early and hike with pono.

hiking
12 days ago

Get there early as the lot fills up quick. Overall, an amazing hike. The trail is mainly wooded with slippery mud and exposed roots. However, the view at the end is amazing - haven’t experienced anything like that before. Make sure to go past the lookout point for an even better view if you’re not scared of heights. Glad I did this. Took 3 hours 45 minutes with a 30 minute stop at the end.

hiking
12 days ago

Go early for parking but great hike.

Great hike and fantastic views

2 Mile Gentle Loop with exceptional views. Best hiked clockwise. Extremely overused, steps are in place all over the mountain. This is a Sacred Space, but one can feel the drained Energy and Spirituality. Mostly Yuppie Tourists. I have never seen so many soccer moms scowl at locals and power broker Dads scrambling to close deals on their cell phones. Hiked on a Monday and still the trail was crowded. Wonderful place to take epic photos if you are in a hurry. I had to stop and take breaks off trail because of the loud, nonsensical ramblings of the Country Club Visitors. Ridiculous. Respect. Please do not gape at me strangely if I do speak with the trees. The second star is because I met a group of 20 Ugandan Citizens on a Paid Expedition. They were so friendly and interested in my type of culture. Wonderful people. Peace, Love, Happiness, and Gooooo...

hiking
15 days ago

Group of fairly fit 60-somethings made it up no problem. Great scenery on the way as well as the top. Lots of friendly weekend folks. Just one of multiple trails in Arches Nat’l Park.

Absolutely gorgeous hike! The hike out is easy and mostly downhill so the hike back is more challenging. The view at the end is worth every bit of huffing and puffing on the way back. I would not go past the rail line if it has been raining recently, it can be very dangerous.

Nice, moderate hike with huge pay-off. This is one of the most popular hikes in the park, but the trail is generally so wide that it didn’t really feel crowded until we got up to the area around there arch. Even then, we were all able to get solo pictures with the arch without much waiting. Went in the fall right at golden hour, the lighting was beautiful and the arch is really special.

Great hike. Easy overall, but on a cool misty day, great to be on the trail. Very family friendly.

Hiked with my 9 months old on my back and 6 years old boy last weekend . Awesome...

Strenuous hike but the views worth it

Beautiful hike ask most are in Utah. We loved this national park and hike. Here is the video on my hike.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_MxeHsnnoo

hiking
18 days ago

Very beautiful shaded trail through the rainforest. Lots of roots and some parts do get slippery. Took my wife and I four hours (including lunch at the view) carrying our toddler in a hiking backpack, getting to the view was easy, paid for the view on the way back. Hiking poles were definitely appreciated on the ascent back. Recommend to get there early as the parking lot was half full by 7:30am.

hiking
19 days ago

Beautiful views of the Na Pali Coast. This trail tricks you, it’s a quick and easy walk down to the views. But if you can’t go uphill for 3.25 miles after already hiking for an hour don’t do this trail. It’s a sweaty, stair master hike. At the bottom there is a narrow and steep trail to the end point, it’s a trip! You don’t have to go to the very end to get incredible views, but if you’re not afraid of shear cliff drops you should make the trek down. Including time at the bottom, snack and catch my breath moments on the hike back up, this took me 3.5 hours (relatively good shape, slow uphill hiker).

hiking
19 days ago

Did this hike last week it’s beautiful and not to challenging. We did It closer to evening and there were tons of people at the arch. It was almost impossible to get a photo without someone standing with their arms up under the arch.. recommend going in early hours to avoid the crowds. Would have loved to see the sunrise here but it just didn’t work out for us this time.

hiking
19 days ago

Muss auf der To Do Liste bei einem Aufenthalt in Kauai stehen! Noch nie vorher habe ich so etwas gesehen...

19 days ago

I did this hike twice in 24 hours, once at sunset and again starting before sunrise. I prefer the sunrise with less people willing to get up at 4 am to start hiking. Got kind of freaked out losing the trail up the slick rock in the pitch dark, but that's why I use this app and a headlamp. Enjoy the stars if you night hike! I'd recommend doing it at least once in the daylight before you attempt in the dark, the trail is deceiving in the darkness.

This trail offers so many panoramic views. The fact the you get this type of view in a recreational area in amazing. The trail is definitely better going clockwise on the loop. It allows you to see the best view last.

Great trail and amazing overlooks.

Great trail. You can tailor it to skill level. Either hike to just the lookout point, or continue down to the lake.

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