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hiking
6 hours ago

One of the best views of Na Pali coast. Trail is decent. Even heard the wild goats in the valley

10/4/17 — This will end up a top five hike in my lifetime. It's short (in distance, not time), but the views are some of the best in the world. If you're scared of heights, this probably isn't the best idea. At times you are walking on the edge of the world. If the weather starts to turn a bit during the hike, think about waiting it out. We experiences sunshine, rain, more sunshine, mist, and everything in between.

hiking
2 days ago

Stunning!!! And rather brutal and muddy.
It’s “only” five miles but the mud and rough trail make it take a while. The views about halfway down are stunning, though, and the forest is filled with frogs and goats and is also quite pretty. Also pack water and good shoes it is quite slick.

walking
2 days ago

Stunning. Not really a trail though, just a short path to a beautiful view.

Absolutely wonderful views at the end.

hiking
3 days ago

Mountain apples, jackfruit, Passion flowers, avocados, bamboo groves, kittens, and some of the most colorful coast and forest on the way to an amazing waterfall and cold swimming hole. It was a great June day.

Spectacular

Beautiful! Sketchy areas forsure and would not recommend if you haven’t hiked before. The views are amazing.

One of the most incredible sites to see

We started it at the Kalalua lookout...which was probably why it was so treacherous so quicklu

Terrifying. Only do if you want to risk your life. I ended up turning back after ten minutes. Extremely dangerous. You have been warned...

Only open Tuesday through Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm otherwise gate is locked!!!

This was the most payoff for the least effort I have ever experienced on a hike. I had debated driving all the way back for this hike after experiencing a lengthy whiteout the day before - I'm so glad I followed my gut. Like others have stated, go early. I began at 8:30am and got a spectacular show of rising clouds around 10am. When you reach the firepits and it looks steep to reach the last hill, don't hesitate. The view from the last ridge, overlooking the beach, is worth the extra bit of climbing.

I would not recommend doing this hike in the rain, however if you are an intermediate to experienced hiker, you'll have no issue on this hike. Have shoes with traction for the mud, watch where you step, and use three-point-touch (as per usual). There is nothing scary about this trail, just gasps of amazement.

What follows is camping info. We drove in with a rental jeep cherokee and camped at the sites near the monkey pod tree, which is probably the best way to experience this park. Expect to double up at sites but there is plennnnty of room. The road is extremely rutted and had some mud pits, but it was for sure doable with 2WD cars that have decent clearance (in our conditions). I wouldn't do the road in a rental mustang. We also did not drive on the beach itself - the sand is deep and soft, definitely tricky beach driving, also tiring walking and very hot at mid day.

This was our favorite beach on Kauai. Truly empty, with an epic view of the coastal cliffs. In late march there were waves but you could still carefully swim in crystal clear water. Facilities were in way better condition than the road in. Plan for the possibility of rain (at least in march) as the moisture builds up over the cliffs and occasionally scoots over and lets loose on the campsites (despite a 0% park forecast we got lightly rained on several times). There are campsites all the way to the end of the beach by the cliffs. Securely pack away leftovers or ferile cats will get into it at night. Definitely a little buggy as well.

A pleasant forest hike for 95% of the time, ending at truly one of the best views you'll ever see. Don't do this if you don't think you have the time to make it to the end - the hike is nice but the view is what makes it. There are a few nice vistas along the way but they don't even compare to the end. Only moderately muddy when we did it, took about 3 hours at a brisk pace including 20 minutes at the overlook.

hiking
21 days ago

As others have said, this trail is extremely muddy, and given the weather I can’t imagine it ever fully dries out. I highly recommend trekking poles and boots, as I would have most certainly fallen multiple times without them. The couple we hiked with didn’t have poles, but people had left their walking sticks by the sign at the trailhead for others to use.

The trail is under canopy for the first 2/3 or so before it opens up to the cliffs—the shade was a welcome respite from the sun, especially on the way back up.

The hike in required sure-footing and the trek out was pretty strenuous, but the view at the end is absolutely worth it. I recommend getting an early start (we were on the trail by 8 AM) as the trail got crowded by the time we hiked out and the clouds started rolling in, obstructing the view.

hiking
26 days ago

Today this trail was very muddy, which made it slippery in places. Found hiking poles and good boots invaluable. We actually found it more difficult downwards, because of the mud. The return hike back up was of course more strenuous, but we were up faster than it took us to get down.

The views at the end are breathtaking and would be worth robbing through the mud (but it isn't *that* bad...)

Total round trip time, including 20 minutes of panoramic views and venturing out to the more exposed view locations at the end of the trail was about 3:20

Did this hike two days ago. The first part, to Hanakapi'ai beach, is not difficult, though it also had some slightly muddy parts and a creek crossing at the end that wasn't easy.

The hike up to the falls has amazing bamboo groves, lots of mud, some light climbing, rocky ledges that might be uncomfortable when wet and more creek crossings.

Totally worth it - the waterfall is amazing and the pool refreshing (felt freezing at first..). Fortunately we had brought swimwear.

Someone had broken a leg not far from the falls – organizing help was difficult and long-winded: nearest cell phone reception is all the way back to the parking lot and then a few minutes drive. Signaling passing tour helicopters from the beach got some attention, but proper communication is difficult... So better be careful than get injured.
(After several hours an emergency heli came and afaik all is good...)

hiking
29 days ago

Reached the end of the hike after about 1.5hrs of sliding through the mud. There were some fun spots along the trail but mostly downhill the whole way there. The view at the end is absolutely incredible. The fog rolled in and out of the valley between the trail and the ocean which made for some great pictures. There's a better view by climbing across a narrow pass of rocks with large cliffs on either side. I'd only recommend this to those with high experience and balance. The hike back was a bit more advanced but overall an easy trail and absolutely recommend!

hiking
29 days ago

If it has rained, be warned, this trail is slippery and at times steep. I would only recommend this hike to the ambitious and sure footed athlete - if that's you, then this is a beauty of a ridgeline.

hiking
1 month ago

Disclaimer: I do not suggest attempting this in the rain or in any sort of inclement weather. The trail becomes VERY slippery and when I went down the visibility was very low so I didn’t actually see any views of the canyon. Still one of the most beautiful and fun hikes I’ve ever done, but I am a regular hiker and I had good boots and used two sticks I found along the way as poles and it was pretty tough to keep from slipping. And a fall in rainy conditions could be dangerous. I am not from Kauai and was warned to be careful if I went at all, which was not recommended by locals, as at least three people were seriously injured (broken bones, airlifted out, etc) on trails in the canyon that week.

That being said, I am young and dumb and may never have the opportunity to visit this beautiful place ever again so down I went.

Took me about an hour and a half to get about 2-2.5 miles in. I could hear rushing water on either side of me but saw nothing but white. Heard some goats too! But like I said, I would have preferred to do this in better weather and if I’m ever able to return I will.

Moral of the story is- this hike is gorgeous even when you can’t see the views. But DO NOT attempt hikes like this on Kauai if it’s been raining and especially if local people advise against it. They know the place much better than you do and it’s not worth the risk. I was with a group of people on Waimea river who wanted to try and hike after heavy rains and we were told it wasn’t a good idea and wouldn’t even be fun, but they didn’t seem to believe it. TRUST ME, I like busting my butt down and up a muddy mountainside in the rain just as much as anyone else but don’t assume you know better than folks who live in the area.

Muddy the first mile. Incredible views at the end. Wait a few minutes if it’s cloudy.

hiking
1 month ago

This was a really fun trail. Slippery in spots and rope climbs are a bit dicey but as long as you’re in shape you’ll be fine. Don’t stop at the cell tower, keep going up to the bench for the view. It’s not very difficult until after the bench. If you keep going, there are a few spots where you get great views of Hanalei Bay and the valley behind you. We hiked a little over 2 miles in and turned around, as we were not prepared for a longer hike. However, it would have been about another 1.5 hours to the highest peak. Still, we got great views and a good workout. Definitely wear trail shoes if it’s wet.

Great trail. I went on a rainy day that caused the bridge to Hanalei and the trail to close. That said, some of the more difficult river crossings I've completed. The view at the end is nothing short of spectacular

We were a mixed crew of experience but Jeramiah our guide coaxed is along and it was spectacular. Our 32 year old son- in - law said it was the hardest hike he’s ever done but worth the 10 hour flight from NYC.

hiking
1 month ago

Absolutely incredible trail. It rained before we got to the trail which made for a very muddy adventure, but it was only a concern on the way out while going downhill. One of the most jaw dropping views I’ve seen and well worth the muddy trek. Car to car in about 3 hours including about 30 minutes spent eating lunch at the end of the trail on the ridge. Do this hike, you will not regret it even if you fall down and get a little muddy (:

We parked at the Ke'e Beach Parking Overflow Lot, walked to the trailhead and followed the Kalalau Trail. We stopped by the beach, had lunch and enjoyed the view. Shortly after we hiked the Hanakapiai Trail, it started to rain, the rain made hiking on the rock more slippery and crossing the stream more scary but we all made it back safely. Just be careful and take the time, you will enjoy this incredible hike too.

Amazing!

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful views into the canyon with distant waterfalls along the way. There were mosquitos below the tree line (a little past the halfway point). We stopped at the the river for lunch. Hiking back up was strenuous. Bring at least couple liters of water. Also good hiking shoes and hiking poles are recommended.

My wife and I are fairly fit and I wouldn’t necessarily say this was moderate! Easy first three miles though mile 2-3 was very muddy. The last half mile, however, involved some gentle scrambling up wet and smooth/muddy boulder faces alongside an exposed 25 foot rock cliff, plenty of height to ruin your day. Somebody’s iPhone fell out of their pocket, took a bounce off the ledge and was no more. I’m surprised more injuries aren’t reported on that stretch though I am no expert in those reports. The rest wasn’t too bad and took us 4 hours. Like others have said, the rain is probably what makes all the difference in difficulty. The falls and pool were incredible and worth twice the trip. Had high quality hiking shoes but for the scary parts - wet rock - it’s too steep for a hiking stick (need both hands) and will plan on buying tabi/gumi shoes since it was still slippery with hikers on (but far better than basic running shoes). Enjoy the trip and take your time!

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