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The hike is on private property. You need a permit from the Hawaii Reserves office, which is on the way to the hike in the same building as Foodland, within minutes of the trailhead. The permits are free and good for four months. The whole process took about five minutes. (I don’t know if the need for a permit is enforced or not, but I support doing what is needed to keep private lands open to the public).

This was a mediocre hike at best. The elevation gain was slow and easy, but it’s horribly muddy (shoe sucking) and slippery for at least 2/3 of the way. I wouldn’t do this hike in bad weather, as most of the trail will be a creek. There are some fun spots—there are beautiful views in a few pockets, I loved the segment through the Cook Pines, and I always love a Hawaii hike that requires ropes. The falls were also lovely, but we didn’t swim due to the risk of leptospirosis in Hawaiian fresh waters (http://health.hawaii.gov/docd/disease_listing/leptospirosis/#risk_in_hawaii).

Would I do it again? Probably not. I’ve done many far better hikes on Oahu. But it was a decent way to kill some time, get some exercise, and see a part of Oahu that I’ve not experienced.

trail closed until summer 2019

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

hiking
5 days ago

The bay and snorkeling are worth the hike down. Today the heat on the way back up was brutal, we had plenty of water and it was a hard climb out after snorkeling and enjoying the water, we hike regularly in Oregon at higher elevations with no issues. Be prepared and if you’re questioning your abilities I would recommend a boat tour over the hike.

Great easy trail with an amazing waterfall at the end! Second half was a little steep but nothing a hiking newbie couldn’t handle. It is on private property but as long as you’re respectful it isn’t a problem.

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.

Mountain goats were a huge surprise—saw maybe two dozen of them. Once at the water, I set my pack down to go for a swim and had to come back because a Mongoose was going inside my backpack. About a dozen Mongoose showed up, so I had to hang my pack from a branch. Saw some amazing yellow fish playing in the water around Captain Cooks death memorial stone. Beautiful small finch like bird with a red head was super curious about my trail food. A little strenuous going back up, but we got hit with a monsoon like downpour which was a morale boost. Loved the trail—one of
My favorite hikes of all time. Watch out for boars too. We definitely heard them around near the upper portion of the trail in the thick grass.

Super overgrown at top of trail. Wouldn’t recommend for someone out of shape since the hike back is a strenuous one. Solid hike though and the bay is worth it.

Fantastic hike!!!! One of the best that I have accomplished this year. It is 11.4 miles, not 13, but if you don't like going down hill, the last 2.5 miles will feel like 5 miles. As others have said it is that first (and last) 2.5 miles that are the steepest. The middle is relatively easy (if you are used to big hikes) while the switchbacks make the last mile quite doable. Very pretty, no steep drop offs, lots to look at, the rock and tree formations are fantastic. The Forest Service office in Idyllwild opens at 8 but you can also get a permit in the outdoor kiosk.

Not too difficult, but definitely you will need a hiking boots. Gets slippery after the rain. No scenic views, since you are going through the woods. However the waterfall is amazing.

Nice nature trail! Needed 1 hr each way

hiking
1 month ago

I did this trail last year. It was cool and the rangers definitely push people towards this trail. The one across the street is far cooler. Both are closed, apparently, due to recent volcano activity.

First half of the hike is easy and the hills get relatively steep for the second half. The waterfall is worth the trek.

Fantastic hike! I started at Makapu'u and yes there's signs everywhere that say no hiking. There was an unmarked cop car at the entrance to the parking lot. I just walked across the street from the parking lot to the beginning of the hike and never looked back. It instantly goes uphill with you climbing mixture of rocks and sloped meadow. Once you get to the top of the first hill, you basically begin a ridge hike. it's undulating, narrow and windy. 1 hour in, you get to the puka. You could stop the and go back if you would like.

I continued. There are two jump off points (wooden platforms) along the way. One of them covers up the old Dead Mans Catwalk. The ridge continues on, past a private property area with antennas and stuff. There are cameras mounted. there is also a cool stairway to nowhere on the south side. A few peaks later, you get to where there's two big power poles. that's where you go down.

The descent is rocky, but not too crazy or difficult. just watch your step. not all the rocks are solid, some crumble underneath you. TEST BEFORE YOU STEP! The trail ends at Manawaiola St. There's a fence being built. It's a neighborhood, so don't be an asshole or disruptive.

5.7 miles, 4.5 hours.

lots of climbing over wet rocks. path disappears and you have to cross over to the other side of the river. beautiful area.

This was an amazing trail with the most amazing views! The hike starts in a tropical like jungle, descends through a lava field, back into the woods, and then finally you arrive at the prize! Turn left at marker 8 to find the monument and snorkel bay. Warning: The grass gets extremely thick and overgrown at times. I recommend wearing a long sleeve shirt to protect your arms. My daughter got cut in the face and neck by the blades. But this was only for maybe 1/3 of the trip. If you have hiking boots, bring them. I promise you will be glad you did. Lastly, PLEASE bring enough water to last both ways. I wouldnt dare try this hike after 7am. The hike back up in the October sun was brutal.

This is not a hike but it is a pretty Falls. You cannot get down to the actual water. There are rails to prevent that.

Beautiful views, though physically challenging. Hiked the trail last Saturday. Went through five liters of water.

1 month ago

Amazing experience.

Very interesting to see green sand, and yes it is really green. But you actually don't have to walk all 3 miles, the sand starts getting green way before that but the big green beach is 3 miles.

The road to the beach is extremely rough so consider well whether to take your car. Some locals also offer to take you there. We dont know how much they charge.

Okay falls, no hiking allowed

Very interesting to see this lava tube as it is free of charge compared to other lava tube visits that charge $25 pp. We believe this was sufficient to explore a lava tube and we went all the way to the far end which was interesting.

totally worth it! start in the morning , get there early

Beautiful yet dangerous as hell hike.

Great hike, very worth it. The climb to Little Round Valley is the hardest part. After the valley, the final assent isn’t much farther or as hard.

If you approach the highest point from directly below, there’s an easy boulder problem ;)

Great trail, bring a lot of water, like a lot of water. Easy to go down, super hard to go up.

walking
1 month ago

It’s hard to call this a hike because it’s either paved or on a boardwalk, but this should not be missed when coming to Volcano National Park. Do this before heading to the crater rim (which you can do by extending this hike about 0.5 miles) for the full experience of the volcano.

There are two main falls in this area- Hamama and Waihe’e. Hamama is quite straight forward to get to as it is at the end of the trail. To get to Waihe’e, look for a flat area followed by a large banyan tree on the right. Traverse down to the right and cross the stream.. There you will see a trail to the right that follows the stream then up and over a small ridge till you hit Waihe’e Falls. You can also climb to its upper falls.

This trail is cool if you want to access to a nice snorckelling spot, first part in the forest and second part in the stones decor with nice view on the ocean, if you go at 17:00-18:00 you can see a wonderdul sunset !!

got cited coming down and heading to makapu'u lookout. it's a petty misdemeanor. trespassing 2nd, so fines up to $2500 and 30 days in jail. not worth the risk, the land owners (kamehameha schools) are cracking down to prevent injury/death liability on their land.

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