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Best hike! You need to be fit. Unstable ground in some places. Saw women get air lifted out with broken ankle. No joke. We hiked when trail was nice and dry.

Very nice hike down to pools and the top of the falls. I recommend driving down to the trailhead if you have 4 wheel drive. I met some nice gals for Germany and the Netherlands and we hiked together - fairly high traffic and you will slide if your shoes don’t have good traction or spikes. Enjoy!

Wonderful trail with something for everyone. We enjoyed the hike including the great scenic views and awesome reward at the end with the waterfall.

Easy, beautiful, interesting trail. We did this as a whole family with hikers of all skill levels, and we all enjoyed it. Great views of the coastline throughout. Recommend doing hike in the morning to avoid the heat and the crowds.

We really enjoyed this hike which was our first in Kauai. As others have warned it was muddy, but nothing too bad. The hike included a little of everything-hiking through forests, mud and some scrambling. Lots of great views throughout the climb up. I definitely recommend continuing past the picnic tables at end for some fun scrambling to incredible views. We were the second car in the lot at the trailhead when we started at 8. Lot was full when we returned.

This trail is well-maintained, easy to follow, and offers beautiful views. When we hiked this morning there was plenty of mist that kept us cooled off. The entire trail was muddy but with a walking stick it was completely manageable. Highly recommended.

trail running
3 days ago

Mostly shaded and very wet and muddy after some rain. Agree with Albert about turning at 1.75 mile marker although I found the views to be pretty decent, especially after the bench.

I ended up bailing just before the second roped descent as the views didn’t look as though they’d improve.

After you get back have a wash in the stream - take a left after the bridge and a few 100m down the bank there’s an easy place to jump in and wash your legs and shoes.

Would love to come back on a drier day and try and push to the actual summit beyond this trail.

Amazing views. Not too bad climb. But it's muddy. Better to bring a walking stick. There were few walking sticks that people used at the beginning of the trail. Find a good one and that will help you coming down.

hiking
4 days ago

Humid but not hot due to tree and then fog cover. Occasional fantastic views. Muddy, trail runners are okay. Overall great!:)

This trail was a better workout than I had expected based on reviews. Lots of walking along sand, and it gets really warm with little shade. Very beautiful and scenic hike so worth the views. I was expecting to hike down to a sandy, swimmable beach, and although it was pretty, there were signs saying the bacteria levels were high in the water. So if you’re looking to hike to a secret beach to take a dip in, this isn’t for you. But the views and good workout was worth it for me!

hiking
4 days ago

That 2.2 miles steep going down and 2.2 miles steep going up is on a hard trail. Bring lots of water, trail is hot, hiking stick is good to have on this trail. View is good, you’re down the canyon and hit the Waimea river. But that 2.2 start and end trail is very hard. Seen some wild goat. Awesome

hiking
6 days ago

One of my favorite hikes anywhere in the world. Have done it many times. Go early, go often.

Such a beautiful trail - so many lookouts and great views. Feels like you can see the whole island. This was a real highlight of my trip and I greatly recommend it to anyone visiting. The trail was not too difficult and my whole family was able to do it. We finished in a bit more than two hours and took lots of time to take pictures and look at the view. There are picnic tables at the top also so you could bring lunch and eat there.

Definitely a must do if you are in Kaua’i! Good for all skill levels. Views are simply breathtaking !

hiking
8 days ago

Amazing scenery

Beautiful hike along the coast with scenic views. Definitely an easy hike.

Amazing hike! We went around 2PM on a Monday and the parking lot was almost full. It took about 2 hours for us to get to the peak and about 45 minutes on the way back down. The trail is heavily shaded until you get to the picnic benches. My dad wore basic tennis shoes and I wore chacos and while we were both fine, I would recommend proper hiking shoes. The hike is a pretty constant incline but there are a few spots to stop and rest along the way if needed.

Once you get to the "top" with the picnic benches, go past and to the left along the ridge. It's definitely a climb to the peak but nothing too crazy- the path is decently wide and the rocks are pretty sturdy. It's 110% worth the extra effort because the views are incredible.

Great moderate hike with a handful of slick areas and bits with loose sand. Just under four miles out and back, rewarded with great view of the canyon and a very chilly waterfall pool in which we took a quick swim with our 9- and 12-year old. Plenty of shade but water is a must - toughest stretch is the final third of a mile back to the parking lot.

Great ridge trail. Challenging, but much safer than others I have hiked. Not a great hike for small children, but everyone else can enjoy it. It was muddy today, recommend hiking boats or trail runners. Tennis shoes might not cut it for some people.

Awesome hike. According to my GPS it 2.3 miles each way and all uphill. My five year old was a trooper and did it, but she has been building up to these hikes. l carried my three year old in a kid carrier and l would highly recommend a good walking stick for coming back down the summit stairs. All in all one our favorite hikes on the Island.

This trail is amazing. It is worth the trip.
******please bring water and snacks*******
We completely forgot our water and snacks in the car. How do you just forget something like that you ask? Easy, we didn’t think we were going to go the distance. We met four angels on the way back who were gracious enough to give me an apple and a protein bar and two more who gave us water. If it had not been for those blessings I would not have made it out. If you ladies are reading this thank you and bless you. You were my blessing yesterday.
The trail is a long time down then a long time going up. It definitely works those thighs.

hiking
11 days ago

This is a great little spot. While not a real hike (don’t expect to get your steps in here) it’s certainly a great return on the investment. Being our last day in Maui, and having 6 hours to kill before our flight, the family and I was looking for something quick and easy we could see without destroying our “going home” clothes. This was it. The whole think took less than 30 minutes and the needle was a fantastic site. The whole path is paved and the most strenuous part is the 40 or so stairs to the top lookout site.

Amazing. Not technically difficult, but the steps are a killer back up.

paddle sports
13 days ago

The river is an interesting trek. You can take a boat tour (boring) or kayak/paddle up the river (much more fun). The Falls are cool as well as the Fern grotto.

One of the most beautiful trails in the world (not a hyperbole). Stunningly beautiful - the mountains stumble into the ocean. Give yourself plenty of time to enjoy the beach and the waterfall. Imo, this isn't a trail that you rush in and out of; Savor every moment of this remote, rugged landscape. The lush jungle on one side and the blues of the ocean on the other - this is my favorite hike in Hawaii, maybe the world (at least so far!).

Petit trail sympa la cascade a l’arrivée est belle. Les vues y sont magnifiques.

A decent hike though you can bypass half of it with a 4 wheel drive vehicle. The end of the hike is awesome and totally worth it. The waterfall is cool but the views along the slope just before are really grand. I strongly suggest bringing trekking poles since the incline going down the sandy smooth ridge hits 45 degrees and if there is even a little bit of rain I can see sliding all the way down...

Really enjoyed this hike! It was worth going past the picnic tables for a higher view of both the ocean and Kapaa.

a good work-out trail. A steady going upwards, some few times you have to climp a small bit. the top view is definitely worth the walk.
after pictures at the top, immediately when going back down, turn right at a small narrow path (before the climbing back down). go through a small "cave" and out to another view point. this is very beautifull!

The hike is fun and somewhat challenging. The initial part of the hike is through a forest of gigantic trees which by itself is worth checking out. There are some funky parts of the trail you will have to climb around but getting to the series of views at the top is totally worth it. There is also a really neat wind cave just under the first peak. Don't miss it!

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