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Doesn’t get any better.

An easy hike to start the day. But.... you’re not alone :)

A nice view but absolutely rammed even by 8:30 this AM. otherwise might've done the trail in 20 min flat on the ascent.

I would never attempt this hike during or right after the rain—completed it today when it was clear and dry and it was muddy and slick enough!

Don’t take this hike lightly. There were a few spots where I did not trust my holds quite enough and my adrenaline PUMPED! I’m a three points of contact type person when we are talking about sheer cliffs close to the trail and packed, slick ground under my feet—so I did a lot of low to the ground climbing/scooting on the way down and slow intentional climbing on the way back up.

I don’t know if I’d do it again but it was incredible!!! I’m typically a more cautious person, so crampons would have helped immensely. I would have trusted my footing a bit more in that case.

Amazing Trail! Go early in the morning to avoid the crowd. We went yesterday and arrived at the trail head at 10am. We completed the hike in about 3.5 hours and it was completely clear at the look out point and incredibly beautiful, if you are on the island this week you should go now while the weather is perfect for it. Definitely a VERY muddy hike, you need to be careful to not slip on your way down but it was all doable and there are a lot of walking sticks at the entrance to help you keep balance if needed.

The walk up can be steep in parts but for me it was easier than the way down because I didn't have to worry about slipping as much. We saw a family of goats and a small spotted baby pig on our way back up as well!

Fantastic views so def worth a look. Trail is not too difficult but is overcrowded with many non-hikers.

Can anyone tell me if this trail is open? I am in Kauai for the week and desperately want to get out to this trail

Great trail too bad it was too misty to see the overlook! i have friends who have done it a handful of times and never seen the overlook. Very muddy.

5 days ago

Great sunrise spot looking out to sea and back over Honolulu. Was really busy even at sunrise with at least 50 people or more. Did this walk on Monday 10th December. Car entry is $5 and if on foot is $1 per person. Definitely worth the price for the views. It toke us 15 minutes to get to the top with no stops.

Relatively easy because it is well paved. Entirely uphill. Very crowded with two way traffic. The biggest issue is that the crowds are mostly tourists who all have different ideas about what side of the trail to be on, how close to be, how much of the trail is ok to fan out on, and how fast to go. There is a stretch of the trail that goes through a cave, which, if you’re the kind of person who gets claustrophobic in elevators, might be a little uncomfortable. Lots of stairs and the viewing platform is very narrow and crowded. View at the top is totally worth it!

Crowded and touristy, but still a classic. I like to go in the late afternoon when most of the tours are gone.

Great little trail. Beach is beautiful and not very crowded. Short hike down hill on the way there. A bit muddy, but possible for all ages at a steady pace.
Keep in mind when going to the rocks, that when the tide is high, the water is over them and not safe to travel. Be sure not to be over there when the tide comes in. Safety first.

Even though this hike is a must see for Honolulu/Oahu it's not much of a "hike" good elevation and workout with a view, that's it.

* WAY too touristy. Lots of folks who have no business going up will be there. No trail etiquette in the slightest
* Paved all the way up. Badly at that. Times were you will trip and fall
* If you're a hiker, take the "hard" route when it comes up. Stairs to get the blood flowing.
* Views are great. Crowded. Tourist spot in tight quarters.

Tried going today (12/7) and the entrance gate is locked. Heard of others hopping the fence to go out but did not attempt.

Took us 3hr and 40min. The way back up is definitely harder but not impossible! The view point at the end is the best thing I’ve ever seen. Love this trail!!!

It is an easy hike, however, it has a narrow path at some points of the hike and there are points where there is oncoming traffic (due to it being heavily crowded) and u cannot pass the person in front of you. Took about 20 minutes to reach the "summit". The whole path is paved. Entrance Fee- Not sure about the Parking fee, but I hiked up to the gate it self and it was a dollar. On Saturdays, if you go in the AM for the hike, you can enjoy KCC famers market right around the corner.
The stairs (towards the last part of the hike to reach up top) in the pictures are optional, but more fun. There is an alternate and an easier path as well. Definitely worth the view if you are visiting HI for the first time such as in my case.

I rate it low because despite the fantastic view up top, the trail itself it just one long paved route out in the open with nothing much to look at inside of the crater. After doing it I can’t say the view was worth the effort.

Easy paved hike. Be aware this can get very busy. There is a fee to park and it fills up often. Nice view at the top.

15 days ago

4-18 took us about 3.5 hours. We left at about 7:40 AM incredible overlook at the end.

Do it as early as possible to avoid massive crowds. Finished by 9:30 and the tour busses were lined to get in. Views and stairs are worth it though, and this is more of an easy hike.

16 days ago

This hike was tough because of how slippery and muddy it was. The weather in the winter is just unpredictable but it was simply epic... go to the end, even if it’s a bit scary.

Wear hiking shoes or trail runners ... some people were wearing crappy running shoes and were sliding all over. One couple was barefoot and that seemed way better than bad shoes.

But the view from the edge is insane. The clouds would roll in for a few minutes and then open up to see the Napali Coast.

We really wanted to do the Kalalau trail but it’s closed. This was the next best for sure!

When going to Secret Beach on Kauai, ensure that when you get down to the bottom of the trail and you see the winding river on the beach, that you go left and go all the way down to the rocks at the left. There you will find your own little tidal Pool and beach bubble bath. Melissa and I were lucky enough to have it to ourselves for an hour. Most of the other crowds just went to the beach right off of the trail and didn’t even know about this little oasis. There is a lot to discover on Kauai.


16 days ago

This is one amazing trail. Ensure that you bring solid hiking shoes or shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty. The trail is super muddy and slick in the upper areas. Slippers or sandals are not recommended.

The trail starts off pretty fast going downhill for quite a while before it opens up. There are numerous changes in topography and foliage. By the time you get to the end of the trail, You are in for a treat. The trail opens up into amazing vistas of green and red mountains dropping all the way down to the beautiful blue Pacific ocean below.

If you are not afraid of heights, you could walk down to the very end of the trail, however of course, you do so at your own risk, as each side has 1000’ drops to the canyons below.

Now that you have enjoyed the wonderful vistas and had a nice lunch, it’s time for the charge all the way back up to the top. It gets a little tedious, since you’ve already seen everything once. but once you get to the cloud forest, it feels great.


Can be tricky in some parts but we saw children and adults in sandals completing the hike-take your time and you should be ok. Really enjoyed it! That being said, if it had been raining I would have avoided this hike that day.

Hot hike during the middle of the day, but the views are worth it. Bring water.

Awesome trail ! Pictures don’t even do this hike justice, best kept secret in Kauai! Don’t go on a cloudy day, wait for a clear day to really see the amazing terrain and helicopters flying BELOW you!

The view is spectacular !

19 days ago

This hike was pretty incredible. I highly recommend it but know that it's a little tricky in some spots. It was definitely slippery when we went. Trekking poles are highly recommended and just take your time. The views were amazing throughout the entire hike.

20 days ago

Epic hike. Definitely a little scary as many points on hike you are on step away from falling off a cliff. Take your time and it’s worth it!

20 days ago

didn't get the best view due to some overhanging clouds however still a gorgeous site to see. the 3 miles downhill feels like a breeze... until you realize you have to go back up. make sure you give yourself ample time. I rushed through it alone and made it in about 2.5hrs round trip (hustling and regret it) the upward climb sucked for me. bring lots of water and snacks.

the view is perfect in the right conditions, try to go in the mid morning or early afternoon. I wouldn't start this hike after 4pm. 3pm is even pushing it for winter sunset (6pm)

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