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Often quite wet. Kinda like a jungle maze sometimes. Had a hiker slip on rock and split forehead requiring stitches. Pretty waterfall and pool at the end.

1 day ago

great hike! definitely challenging. it's currently very wet and muddy. a lot of roots and uneven ground. you will need to climb the roots of a tree to get to the overlook. someone was kind enough to tie a rope to help you up and down. a hiking pole would he very helpful! Aloha!

2 days ago

Ok... I hate heights! But this hike was amazing. I did it cause it was rated difficult and made me conquer my heights worry. AND... cause my GF wanted to do it. It’s easy really. Mostly down hill out and all uphill back. Awesome views! Keep your wits about you... my GF tried the last little 40-50ft path to look out but turned back. I was very frightened for her. I uploaded a pic. DONT try it! Not worth it.

Second time on this trail. Tried some new paths... I should learn by now. Here’s the actual road map... start on right side of water from parking lot. Cross at old piece of bridge ( rebar sticking out of concrete). Left side of water is bamboo forest.. easy hiking and totally cool. After big rock in bamboo move to creek bed and boulder and old dry creek bed. Cross back to right when convenient. This is where work begins but no way around it. Fallen trees and rocks and bouldering. Stay to creek. Then left side after first falls. Mostly bouldering from here. Follow right branch of creek. Easy if you don’t commit too heavily to one path. Stay to stream when in doubt. We loved it so much we did it 2x in week. Best hike ever- Troy and Janis!

Nice hike. Easy going down, but streanous coming back up. Be sure to have water, hicking shoes or sneakers, and a camera!

Intense hike, very slippery, have cross water often, climb over fallen trees, but well worth it! It was an amazing hike, my favorite yet.

3 days ago

We did this hike in about 2.5 hours. It is 3.25 miles to the lookout. The hike to the lookout is mostly down hill, so remember to save plenty of water for the hike back.

Enjoyed this hike and the views are spectacular. The only reason I’m giving this 4/5 stars is the Waterfall at the end is kind of a buzzkill. Look, I’m from upstate New York so Niagara Falls is in my backyard - I have high standards.

One thing I’ll say: please wear proper foot attire. An elderly woman was wearing sandals and fell walking over loose stone. This hike is very manageable but if you’re going to wear sandals, well, you’re in for quite an adventure.

Finally, I wouldn’t recommend bringing children under the age of 18 on this hike. I saw a mother with kids no older than 8 and it looked like she was experiencing hell.

Short hike, slippery , but plenty of roots and tree to help you defend and climb back up. Spectacular waterfall.

What a great little hike!

5 days ago

Super tough but totally worth it!!

Immediate and huge payout for such a short hike. Not challenging if you’re a frequent hiker- Incredible views the entire way, a few moments of needing to watch footing etc but one of the hands down most beautiful trails we have ever been on.

5 days ago

Great hike with big payout at the end, but you definitely work to get there. trail is a bit overgrown and thick at the start - you’re in trees and more mountainous trail terrain then it opens up to some epic views. Stair master like on the way back up and out of the trail, still worth it if you’re up for the workout.

You use all systems - strength, agility, patience to be ok with not knowing the EXACT way. If in doubt, as many others have said, stay to the river and boulder a ways until you see a trail. There will usually be mud tracks in the rocks to follow as well.
The first crossing at the rebar- concrete suggestion was dead on!
Definitely the icing on the cake is the last waterfall ( right at the fork) and jumping off the ledge into about 10 feet of water. Go early and beat the heat.
It’s defiantly do- able. We are average hikers from the PNW and this was a fun challenge but nothing that would have stopped us from getting to the pot of gold.. the last waterfall . Xo

7 days ago

Gorgeous hike. Amazing view of the cathedrals in the Na Pali Coast and the valley. There was even a rainbow as we hiked this trail. Easy hike for sunset ~30 min down. Don’t go if it has rained- can be very muddy and narrow path (4000 ft high) end also gets narrow and can make you realize you’re afraid of heights

Best views in the world at the start of the hike. Hiking through the swamp was unique and fun. Only reason not a 5 star is clouds at the lookout.

9 days ago

Incredible views!!!

This trial is well maintained and has a very rewarding view at the end. It is not a technical trail but the return is a steady grueling climb. I highly recommend starting this trail early before the heat of the day so you can get as much shade on the return at possible. Pack plenty of water. There are no services at the trailhead so plan ahead. The camp store is a great stop for coffee and sandwiches. Don’t expect to find seclusion, this trail has high traffic.

10 days ago

Start the hike early to beat the crowds and heat. It wasn’t muddy during my hike but I can only imagine how difficult the hike would be with muddy conditions. Be sure to journey past the railing at the end to get the better views.

The views at the end of the trail are just breathtaking...

Best hike of my life!!

12 days ago

This is well worth it and so fun if you are adventurous! Trust your instincts! When in doubt, Follow the stream! If you can’t find the trail, climb the rocks in the stream and another trail you will find! When you come to the clearing and can see the falls from afar in the mountain side.... keep going up stream for 15- 20 minutes and you will find the most amazing wonder nestled between a narrow canyon! We swam in the two tiered waterfall and jumped off the cliff! It’s beautiful!! Don’t give up! Stay along the stream!

12 days ago

Definitely through the jungle & super duper muddy. Be sure to grab a stick on the way in. So many people didn’t and get slide the whole way. Jumping into the creek at the end was amazing! Not too much to see past the yellow bench but fun anyways! At the fork... turn around.

14 days ago

One of the most difficult hikes I’ve ever done. Mud, streams of water, 2 ropes to climb steep descents, made this hike very painful. Yes, there are some views but hiking to no destination made this hike undesirable.

Would say it‘s more moderate than hard compared to some other trails classified as hard. No deep cliffs, not dangerous at all. Sometimes muddy and slippery of course and conditionally challenging. But easy to make it to the viewpoints. Tool us two hours to get to the second viewpoint and back. Nice view to Hanalei Bay.

slick and muddy, need sturdy shoes. in some area you have to crawl under low limbs to get to head of the falls. At the first waterfall there's a trail that is not easy to find where you can climb down to the base of the falls. we saw the trail that went to the right and climbed up it part way but it look like it didn't go anywhere so maybe the other one was there too and we just missed it. I think it was an easier climb down then it was a climb up for the trail we took because we saw some people with young children that had gone down to the base of the waterfall on the trail that we could not see. It would be helpful if there were some signs.

15 days ago

Super fun hike. Bring lots of water and get ready to face your fear of heights at the end for a walk out the last few hundred feet. Loved it and would do it again!

Partly steep, but easily manageable. Amazing views if the Napali Coast. We hiked 35 minutes. It was not the end, I think we missed it to go to the end of the ridge, because in the end it gets a little more dangerous. Just decided how much you want to risk and how far you want to go! Would definitely recommend it!

This hike had an okay view at the end, but to be honest, the canyon views driving up to the hike we're more impressive. The hike is pretty boring for 90% of it as you are walking through forest with no views. The benefit is that you are in the shade for the majority of the hike. The hike is kinda backwards as you travel downhill to get to the view at the end, but then uphill to get back to the trailhead. Given other hikes available in Kauai, I would choose this hike as a second or third option.

16 days ago

Did this trail after the rain, there are two paths to go down, just make sure you do the one thats a bit safer. it was very difficult going down because it was steep and slippery, but going up was a breeze because you have better balance in general. there was a rope that you can hang onto to go down, but still slippery as hell. but after all that, it was definitely worth the hike!( or like a slide down)

This is a great trail! The views are amazing from both sides of the ridge. The clouds may roll in but they roll out just as quickly. Having a hiking pole was handy but not entirely necessary, Good boots are recommended and be prepared to get muddy if it has rained. It took us a little over 2 hours to complete without rushing. The first 500 meters or so are the worst for climbing but it does level out somewhat after that. If your afraid of heights then this may not be for you. The views at the end make it with it!

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