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It was great to see different types of birds in their habitat.

11 hours ago

It turned out to be the most challenging hike/trail when several paths threw us off our mind and we were full of uncertainty. When we got lost and had to find our way to restart once again. When we thought of turning around at some point. When all we hear was the forest noise and nothing else. When we know it was in the middle of no where of Makaleha rain forest. The view at the end was worth it but I would suggest to go with a local guide next time. It was by far the most difficult hike in Kauai for us.

Don’t forget to bring insect repellent.
Get ready to get muddy.

Follow the stream if you are uncertain of your way back and forth.

hiking
1 day ago

This hike was extremely beautiful but the time it took and the mud was terrible. it was so slippery I fell and couldn't get up for 5 minutes because of how hard I slipped. very dangerous after rain. Don't bring children. very difficult :( would not recommend after rain

This hike is fun, however when we we're hiking the trail we actually ended up going in a circle we had to come around and hike up the river. After that the hike went smoothly however what is and isn't the trail isn't clear, but the destination is well worth it.

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
3 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.

hiking
3 days ago

This trail is moderate the first 1.5 miles. Hard the 1.5 mi - 2.5 miles. Very Rigorous if you continue on to the ridges. Lots of guided ropes and plenty of fun, a true jungle experience. Felt like Tarzan. Gorgeous Panoramic views of half the island essentially!

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

Awesome! Just do it!

Absolutely worth the trek! I went down in bare feet and up wit shoes on - it is extremely slippery and very steep. Also, you can get ticketed and fined as the trail is marked closed - do not enter. If you are feeling ballsy then go for it - the views at the end are amazingly ng and the falls are a nice treat to cool off before heading back up. Warning - ropes are NOT stable and can break at any moment so try not to use the rope for leverage.

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
5 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!

Not a hike at all, but great views!!

hiking
5 days ago

Take DEET or similar as there are lots of mossies.

Did not go to the final waterfall but even so the view was spectacular and worthwhile. Muddy, sure, but just dunk your feet at the numerous crossings and wash it off. Really enjoyed the first bamboo section just after the initial crossing.

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.

hiking
6 days ago

Great adventure! Super muddy and trials aren’t well marked, but it’s fun finding your own path, and finishing at a beautiful water fall. We couldn’t find the first waterfall, so we went to the secret falls. This is where the pictures are taken. There were places to jump into the water.

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
6 days ago

My son and I had not originally planned on doing this trail. We started with the Awaawapuhi Trail. While admiring the amazing views at the end, another hiker told us that as good as these views were, those at the end of the Nualolo were better. We took the connector trail to decide for ourselves. He was right. The views were incredible, but it came with a price. Soaring sandstone cliffs jut out at impossible angles to the sea thousands of feet below. Punishing winds rip sand across the landscape while helicopters fly past. This hike was extremely hard. While the way out was fine, the hike back (which made our total hike 11 miles) was mostly uphill and very tough. At times shade is sparse as well. We forced ourselves to stop often to rest and drink lots of water as it was the heat of the day. In the end, this may have been the most spectacular hike we've ever done. It was definitely the hardest. Had we planned to do this hike, we would have done it the opposite direction we did. Many people said we were nuts for doing it the way we did. I don't disagree. Also, since we started at a different trailhead, we successfully hitched a ride from the Museum Shop back to our car.

hiking
6 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 is well-maintained, easy to follow, and offers beautiful views. When we hiked this morning there was plenty of mist that kept us cooled off. The entire trail was muddy but with a walking stick it was completely manageable. Highly recommended.

trail running
7 days ago

Mostly shaded and very wet and muddy after some rain. Agree with Albert about turning at 1.75 mile marker although I found the views to be pretty decent, especially after the bench.

I ended up bailing just before the second roped descent as the views didn’t look as though they’d improve.

After you get back have a wash in the stream - take a left after the bridge and a few 100m down the bank there’s an easy place to jump in and wash your legs and shoes.

Would love to come back on a drier day and try and push to the actual summit beyond this trail.

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