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It’s a short hike but with all that mud and roots, feels like much more! Fun challenge, even when unprepared. The bath at the bottom is worth the struggle of getting there. DEFINITELY recommend grabbing a walking stick. Little known secret, there is a spot adjacent to the entrance of the trail up top that has ropes tied to trees that you can rappel down the side of the mountain in about half the time. There is a sign saying not to use that route but... that’s up to you. Overall a fun adventure- just be prepared to get dirty!

trail closed until summer 2019

hiking
2 days ago

My wife and I hiked this trail yesterday. Slippery due to recent rains but the veiws of the Napali coast at the end were worth the slippery trail to get there. The hike out is uphill so it took a little more effort. We did the round trip in 4 hourd but if it were dry it would only take 3 hours. The trail is 3.8 miles each way and you can even explore a little further if you go past the railing at the end.

Super muddy but well worth it. Most of these reviews will cover what to expect (views, cliff, climbing). Definitely worth the struggle.

Best hike in Kauai!!! Be carful and wear appropriate shoes. It’s quite hard because slippery. The view is the best.

hiking
3 days ago

Unbelievable hike. The views never end and every corner you turn, it's keeps getting better. The finale overlooking the ocean is truly special. A bit muddy as you're weaving through some wooded areas, but well worth it. This one takes some beating, anywhere in the world!

hiking
3 days ago

Me and my wife did this hike today!!! EPIC!!! Don’t let the rain fool you. Once you get out on the ridge, the clouds cleared up and we saw some of the best views. This hike is definitely doable... but it is very slippery. I would definitely recommend wearing hiking boots. This is the best hike in the park! The end of it is pretty sketchy, especially because it was wet. Just go slow and use your judgment. I will definitely do this one again!!!

We drove a mini van right up to the beach. Great place to walk along the ocean and was a awesome sunset.

If I could rate it higher than 5 stars I would. Must do if you are on Kauai.

on Nu'alolo Trail

hiking
5 days ago

Randonnée magnifique avec, à l’arrivée, une vue splendide sur Napili Coast! La randonnée est composée de 3 parties bien distinctes (ombragé, peu ombragé et non ombragé). Il est vrai qu’elle a un dénivelé important, mais nous avions été surpris par la montée (moins hard que ce que l’on pensait). Pensez à garder au moins 1 litre d’eau pour le retour! Selon la météo cela vous sera utile!
4h pour les bons marcheurs: 1h30 allée - 2h30 retour

hiking
6 days ago

USE A WALKING STICK! I don’t know how people did it without one. Super muddy. Super slick. But WORTH IT IN THE END!!

Awesome site to come play in.

hiking
7 days ago

Awesome! Not the best trail I've ever hiked, but this thing packs so much raw exposure and scenery into such a short distance that it might be the best value per linear foot I've experienced. Even clouded in, this is an incredible experience.

hiking
9 days ago

Hiked this trail and it came out closer to 7.9 miles and approximately 2100 of vertical. Some sections Can slippery especially with a recent rainfall. Excellent hike would recommend. Those who are in good physical shape this is not a very challenging hike can easily be done without breaks. Those in moderate condition some breaks and closer to four hours. The way back is more challenging.

One of the most beautiful and rewarding hikes of my life. I can't begin to say enough about the beauty of Na Pali. I did this trail in 2 days, would have stayed longer if there had not been bad weather. Arrive before dawn or get a ride, otherwise it will be hard to find parking.

Me and my girlfriend did this trail today, and it was fantastic. Some of the best views we've ever seen. A couple quick tips to help you plan for the hike:

First, getting there: go to the kalalau lookout and park in the normal parking lot. You'll walk up to the view surrounded by a green fence. When looking at the valley, on your far left there is a gate that has a small latch that can be opened. Go through this gate and you're on your way.

Second, difficulty: I'll start by saying that if this wasn't on a ridge it would probably be rated moderate. What makes it hard is the narrowness of the trail and the fact that there is steep ridge immediately to your right. Don't let this stop you, as it is easily manageable and views are breathtaking.

There are several lookout points along the way. As early as 10 minutes in, you'll want to stop and take a picture.

The ridge line will pucker you right up.

Amazing hike. For those who hike regularly, this trail is not very difficult. Two or three very steep parts but so worth it. Highly recommend. Oh, and whoever said "save water for the hike back" you are a lifesaver. Water on the way back and at the end is much needed.

hiking
13 days ago

So rewarding. The trail is not as hard as they lead you to believe but I can see it being more difficult for those who don't hike regularly. We hiked this trail and the Nu'alolo trail. Both incredible but would probably recommend this one because the views of Kalalau Valley are unmatched.

Very slippery, prepare to get muddy!

Beautiful and fun hike! Did this early in the morning and it poured down rain. Slippery trail. Lots of gnats because of the fruit on the trail, mosquitoes too. Crossed the river a few times which was a bit tricky. Nice stop at the beach along the way.

A “Must” on anyone’s bucket list if hikes. Take plenty of water and snacks as the afternoon gets very hot and you are exposed to the sun.

hiking
17 days ago

Amazing hike, one of the best I’ve ever done. Outstanding views, great workout, plenty of exposure to keep you on your toes. A must if visiting Kauai.

cool short trail down muddy, slippery root filled trail. maybe challenging for those concerned about trips n falls or uncomfortable with unsure footing. found it easier to walk in pot hole puddles on way down, although some are almost knee deep. way up was able to rock n root hop pretty easily. coast n breaking waves very scenic and easy to scramble left at bottom a short ways to queens bath, but too high surf to swim. although I'm tourist, several tourists made me nervous for them as they wandered out to edge of breaking waves for a picture. several waves breaking could easily have swept them out had they watched the spot they were posing for a few minutes.

nature trips
19 days ago

Great hike with my 12 and 9 year olds.

Nice payoff at the end! Wish we could have gone swimming but with two little kiddos it didn’t seem prudent. Beautiful though and we saw sea turtles.

Trail is definitely slick and messy! My 7 and 5 year olds are experienced hikers but it was challenging at points for them.

Snapped this pic of a fellow hiker (bearded brunette with red pack) and forgot to tell
Him! Will post here!

hiking
22 days ago

TLDR: Big guy not in great shape was able to easily accomplish this beautiful hike - easily one of the true highlights of a Kauai vacation!

Alright let me start this out by saying WOW! What an amazing trail. And let me follow it up by suggesting that everyone who does attempt this use caution and common sense when approaching the trail. I am going to give some personal feedback based on the reviews I read on this site but that does not mean that my experience and others will be the same.

Allow me to point out that I am a middle aged 350+lb 6'2" guy. I have bad knees from years of retail and bad ankles from being too top heavy - but I also do a fair bit of hiking/walking and have recently been working on C25K, etc. So I would elect to say that I am in a fair bit better fitness than most people my size.

When my wife and I were planning hikes in Kauai for our trip this was one that clearly stood out to us. Being 1.9 miles out and back it was a trail we knew I could handle fitness wise - but based on all of the reviews I was very concerned if I would be able to handle the steep decline/inclines and was scared of how the ridge hiking would be. Ultimately - it was no big deal! I am glad people are warning caution but at the end of the day I never felt like this trail was too much.

In fact, I encourage people interested in this trail at all to give it a shot with these two things in mind:

Firstly, you will learn quickly what the descent/ascent is like (within the first .2 miles). If the first descent makes you feel overwhelmed that's a good sign you've gone far enough and should not keep going. This is as bad as it gets for steepness/slickness (we were very fortunate to get 98% dry hike!). There is one more very steep section after a campground but this early indicator would help someone concerned about this hike to make a decision.

Secondly, as you approach some of the narrow portions where there is a quick dropoff shortly to your right you can make an assessment if doing the last section is something you are comfortable with. One of the things I never saw anyone else mention was that you can do 70+% of this hike without the fear of the double cliff ridge line AND feel like you've seen amazing sights and experienced a great hike! But that being said, if you are willing and feel comfortable with the ridge hiking the final payoff is WELL worth it!

The return hike was definitely making me huff and puff but the entire thing was no more than moderate when taking it slow and easy. A mistake near the end would no doubt be bad but I never felt like I was at risk.

So please, give it a shot! Enjoy it! Be safe! Use poles to keep your balance!

hiking
23 days ago

The trail starts at the Kalalau Valley Lookout so there is plenty of parking. The trailhead is not marked but if you are looking out over the lookout, turn left and follow the fence until there is a break in the fence and that’s where the trail starts. As noted but others, it’s a steep downhill covered in dirt and is very slippery, and there is also a lot of underbrush at parts, so I would strongly recommend wearing hiking boots and long pants (otherwise you will be scraped and/or dirty).

Very beautiful trail - totally worth the short trip out and back for the views and it’s a fun hike with some scrambling.

Road past Hanalei is still closed so no access to the trail.

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