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The up/down nature of the trail and the uneven terrain makes it a moderate hike. The view at the end is completely worth it! Wear your swimsuit if you want to plunge into the pond.

hiking
1 day ago

Great hike down over 2000 feet. It is actually 2.5 miles one way. When you reach the bottom there is no where but back up. Carry twice as much water as you think you need. Red hill half way up is very hot. At the top a great sense of accomplishment or your happy you didn’t need to be rescued.

Bring your snorkel stuff!! A little treacherous going down but easier going up. A definite must see. We spent 2 hours here and thAt was enough.

My girlfriend and I are in our early 50s. 1.5 hours in and about the same out. Totally worth it once you get to the end.

Vue exceptionnelle à l’arrivée cela vaut le détour!!! La descente à l’aller est très facile, le retour en montée l’est beaucoup moins... très cardio ! Prenez beaucoup d’eau pour le retour ou allez y tôt pour ne pas être étouffé par la chaleur. Attention si vous y aller les jours de pluie le chemin risque d’être boueux et glissant

This is hands down the best thing I’ve ever done. It took about 45 minutes each way and was fairly steep in some parts. The view at the end is absolutely spectacular as are the views on the walk there and back. We left at 7:30am and by the time we got back around 10am clouds were starting to roll in. Temperature was fine going out but starting to get hot on the return trip. I do not like heights and did find parts of this trail very scary however the friend I was walking with had no problems. Just take it slow if you’re feeling worried, the views are most definitely worth it.

Warm, bring water. decently difficult hike. Hike to top of huge waterfall. Able to get into a small fall. Was worth the hike, I recommend.

trail running
5 days ago

Decent view at the end but the walk down has no views. Do yourself a favour and walk Nu’alolo Trail instead.

Wow wow wow. Wow. Wow wow wow wow wow wow wow.

This beats all of the other trails I’ve done in Hawaii in terms of views and in just 4km total.

You should absolutely do this. Take your big camera. Hell, just arrive here one morning and stay until sunset.

Get there early if you’re looking for secluded hike.
Very dandy at beginning. Beautiful views, highly recommend.

Not really a hike but it is steep and huge roots and ruts on the trail. Beautiful beach not too crowded but it’s getting more traffic of late, boo! Very high tide so not so great for swimming.

Very steep in beginning, but worth it

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.

Incredible views at the end of the trail. You must visit this trail if you enjoy the Napali coastline and all that it has to offer.

hiking
7 days ago

So beautiful! WeR shoes with spikes or you will be crab crawling down the first 1/2 mile. It is ver slippery even in dry conditions. Keep going all beat to the cliff but beware the trail is very narrow and sketchy in places. Not for those afraid of heights! Absolutely quiet and peaceful hike with final views of the Na Pali Coast - Amazing! PS - No flowers on the trail in August

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!

Great hike! Challenging with the elevation drops and gains however worth the reward at the end!

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.

hiking
8 days ago

This hike was exactly as advertised. Downhill on the way out through jungle-type setting that eventually opens up and finishes with jaw-dropping views. Wouldn't have minded some additional views along the way, but the end result will make you forget any complaints.

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
10 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
10 days ago

Bring lots of water, trail is hot (August), hiking stick is good to have on this trail. View is good, you’re down the canyon and hit the Waimea river. This is really a hard trail. Seen some wild goat. Awesome

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

walking
13 days ago

Not worth going for the hike (short distance very slippery walk down and back up), but definitely worth going for the beach. Small beach with beautiful views and great snorkelling. Will go back if in north Kauai again!

hiking
14 days ago

One of the most beautiful trails I've ever done. This trail was definitely tricky, but not impossible. My 64 year old dad was able to do it without much issue (just needed to stop and rest a lot). To get here, drive all the way up to the Kalalau Lookout and go through the small gate on the left, right before the lookout spot. It starts with a decently steep downhill portion and then mostly evens out once you get to a clearing with some grass. The trail is pretty narrow, dropping to about 18in at some points with steep dropoffs at either side. When you get to the ridge there are portions with a lot of thick grasses/fern bushes on either side so wear long sleeves and pants if you want to avoid getting scratched up. If it has rained a lot recently I would NOT suggest this trail. This isn't one you want to slip and fall on.

Wear good shoes, stay aware of the trail conditions, get there early and you'll be fine.

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

Mostly downhill on the way there, so a tougher uphill trek back up. Muddy in the beginning. Took us (mid-20’s, females) 1.5 hrs on the way there and 1 hr on the way back. VIEWS ARE SO WORTH IT THOUGH!! Make sure you go all the way to the end of the trail to the rocky look out.

hiking
15 days ago

The views are spectacular. Very muddy and slick when we went though.

Nice walk to a quiet beach. Dry track the day we came down so easy walk, not too slippery. The surf was quite rough, a few people brave enough for a swim, not sure if that is the norm or if it was just a rough day? Beautiful beach with views to the lighthouse.

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