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hiking
14 hours ago

10/4/17 — This will end up a top five hike in my lifetime. It's short (in distance, not time), but the views are some of the best in the world. If you're scared of heights, this probably isn't the best idea. At times you are walking on the edge of the world. If the weather starts to turn a bit during the hike, think about waiting it out. We experiences sunshine, rain, more sunshine, mist, and everything in between.

hiking
1 day ago

Stunning!!! And rather brutal and muddy.
It’s “only” five miles but the mud and rough trail make it take a while. The views about halfway down are stunning, though, and the forest is filled with frogs and goats and is also quite pretty. Also pack water and good shoes it is quite slick.

Absolutely wonderful views at the end.

hiking
3 days ago

Mountain apples, jackfruit, Passion flowers, avocados, bamboo groves, kittens, and some of the most colorful coast and forest on the way to an amazing waterfall and cold swimming hole. It was a great June day.

Great trail, it’s particularly harder when it’s raining and wet. I’d suggest a hiking stick if you don’t have one grab one before you start. Keep an eye out for weird feral cats on the first beach and the occasional friendly rat.

Spectacular

Beautiful! Sketchy areas forsure and would not recommend if you haven’t hiked before. The views are amazing.

One of the most incredible sites to see

We started it at the Kalalua lookout...which was probably why it was so treacherous so quicklu

Terrifying. Only do if you want to risk your life. I ended up turning back after ten minutes. Extremely dangerous. You have been warned...

This was the most payoff for the least effort I have ever experienced on a hike. I had debated driving all the way back for this hike after experiencing a lengthy whiteout the day before - I'm so glad I followed my gut. Like others have stated, go early. I began at 8:30am and got a spectacular show of rising clouds around 10am. When you reach the firepits and it looks steep to reach the last hill, don't hesitate. The view from the last ridge, overlooking the beach, is worth the extra bit of climbing.

I would not recommend doing this hike in the rain, however if you are an intermediate to experienced hiker, you'll have no issue on this hike. Have shoes with traction for the mud, watch where you step, and use three-point-touch (as per usual). There is nothing scary about this trail, just gasps of amazement.

walking
10 days ago

Really popular, but for a reason! If you are into long exposure photography, I had a blast shooting the crashing waves during high tide for hours. If you do this, be CAREFUL of how crazy the tide is. Use your best judgement of how close you should be.

Scenic trail. Well maintained. Brought our 7 month old along without a problem. River was too high to cross, but saw the whole beach from other side of river no problem.

I generally never believe that a trail will actually be “hard” but this one definitely is though thoroughly enjoyable. Plan to get very dirty and be very sore the next day. We found ourselves climbing up the stream boulders for a good portion because we lost the trail and eventually made it to the waterfall. Not for beginners, bumped my head, scraped everywhere and broke a knuckle slipping off a rock. It was all worth it for the story and reaching the waterfall at the end.

hiking
12 days ago

Views were amazing- totally worth the effort! Trail crazy muddy and slick! Other reviewers weren't kidding about long sleeves and pants. While there is a narrow trail, the brush is thick!!

Great mixture of challenging but quick. Watering hole at the end is a must!

Great scenery right from the start, which improves the further you get into the hike. Unclear why AllTrails lists it as 9 miles each way - definitely marked as 11 and certainly felt like 11. Either the markers or the app is incorrect.

Regardless, the last four cliffside miles are fairly safe in the dry but in moderate rain some of the narrow muddy walkways (i.e. not crawlers ledge) around mile 8 felt not just heady but genuinely dangerous. We didn't have trekking poles but really missed them when trying to keep from sliding off a muddy cliff. Many water sources, so use iodine. Also, plan for rain even if not explicitly forecasted.

Started out rather easy, however,trail became a bit tough as we hiked towards the falls. As a firefighter and EMT, I would suggest having a first aid kit and splinting supplies. As well as a way to purify your water , due to risk of running out on the trail. The.first aid kit may come in handy, not for you, but for someone else! I saw this first hand while hiking back from the falls . A hiker had broken her ankle and had to be flown out via Kauai fire & rescue chopper. If you have the resources , a Sat phone would be of great use when an emergency takes place on Napali trail.

hiking
18 days ago

Parts of it are a jungle gym/puzzle that you have to beat to continue (ie contorting your body around fallen trees, placing feet carefully on mud covered everything). Even finding the trail is a puzzle, quite frequently. But if you're looking for a challenging beautiful trail, (w/waterfalls), this checks all the boxes!

A pleasant forest hike for 95% of the time, ending at truly one of the best views you'll ever see. Don't do this if you don't think you have the time to make it to the end - the hike is nice but the view is what makes it. There are a few nice vistas along the way but they don't even compare to the end. Only moderately muddy when we did it, took about 3 hours at a brisk pace including 20 minutes at the overlook.

20 days ago

I’m from Washington state so I hike for elevation gains and views. This hike is one of the most breathtaking I’ve ever been on - even being from Washington. It’s what people pay $250 for a helicopter tour to see... you can look over all of the kalalau trail and even see a little bit of ke’e beach. I was delighted. STUNNING. please do not go when it’s muddy unless you’re used to Hawaii’s mud, the rocks become slippery and even with backpacking boots it wouldn’t be smart. You almost need crampons, haha. Elevation was great, it is a hard hike but honestly I felt the hardest part was the thorns on the trail. Lots of overgrown foliage, I felt like it was all the more wild because of it but I am scratched up. The app tracking helped at the start of the trail but I didn’t need it after the first .3 miles.

hiking
20 days ago

As others have said, this trail is extremely muddy, and given the weather I can’t imagine it ever fully dries out. I highly recommend trekking poles and boots, as I would have most certainly fallen multiple times without them. The couple we hiked with didn’t have poles, but people had left their walking sticks by the sign at the trailhead for others to use.

The trail is under canopy for the first 2/3 or so before it opens up to the cliffs—the shade was a welcome respite from the sun, especially on the way back up.

The hike in required sure-footing and the trek out was pretty strenuous, but the view at the end is absolutely worth it. I recommend getting an early start (we were on the trail by 8 AM) as the trail got crowded by the time we hiked out and the clouds started rolling in, obstructing the view.

Nice and muddy!

hiking
25 days ago

Today this trail was very muddy, which made it slippery in places. Found hiking poles and good boots invaluable. We actually found it more difficult downwards, because of the mud. The return hike back up was of course more strenuous, but we were up faster than it took us to get down.

The views at the end are breathtaking and would be worth robbing through the mud (but it isn't *that* bad...)

Total round trip time, including 20 minutes of panoramic views and venturing out to the more exposed view locations at the end of the trail was about 3:20

Did this hike two days ago. The first part, to Hanakapi'ai beach, is not difficult, though it also had some slightly muddy parts and a creek crossing at the end that wasn't easy.

The hike up to the falls has amazing bamboo groves, lots of mud, some light climbing, rocky ledges that might be uncomfortable when wet and more creek crossings.

Totally worth it - the waterfall is amazing and the pool refreshing (felt freezing at first..). Fortunately we had brought swimwear.

Someone had broken a leg not far from the falls – organizing help was difficult and long-winded: nearest cell phone reception is all the way back to the parking lot and then a few minutes drive. Signaling passing tour helicopters from the beach got some attention, but proper communication is difficult... So better be careful than get injured.
(After several hours an emergency heli came and afaik all is good...)

hiking
28 days ago

Reached the end of the hike after about 1.5hrs of sliding through the mud. There were some fun spots along the trail but mostly downhill the whole way there. The view at the end is absolutely incredible. The fog rolled in and out of the valley between the trail and the ocean which made for some great pictures. There's a better view by climbing across a narrow pass of rocks with large cliffs on either side. I'd only recommend this to those with high experience and balance. The hike back was a bit more advanced but overall an easy trail and absolutely recommend!

Its private property!

hiking
1 month ago

Disclaimer: I do not suggest attempting this in the rain or in any sort of inclement weather. The trail becomes VERY slippery and when I went down the visibility was very low so I didn’t actually see any views of the canyon. Still one of the most beautiful and fun hikes I’ve ever done, but I am a regular hiker and I had good boots and used two sticks I found along the way as poles and it was pretty tough to keep from slipping. And a fall in rainy conditions could be dangerous. I am not from Kauai and was warned to be careful if I went at all, which was not recommended by locals, as at least three people were seriously injured (broken bones, airlifted out, etc) on trails in the canyon that week.

That being said, I am young and dumb and may never have the opportunity to visit this beautiful place ever again so down I went.

Took me about an hour and a half to get about 2-2.5 miles in. I could hear rushing water on either side of me but saw nothing but white. Heard some goats too! But like I said, I would have preferred to do this in better weather and if I’m ever able to return I will.

Moral of the story is- this hike is gorgeous even when you can’t see the views. But DO NOT attempt hikes like this on Kauai if it’s been raining and especially if local people advise against it. They know the place much better than you do and it’s not worth the risk. I was with a group of people on Waimea river who wanted to try and hike after heavy rains and we were told it wasn’t a good idea and wouldn’t even be fun, but they didn’t seem to believe it. TRUST ME, I like busting my butt down and up a muddy mountainside in the rain just as much as anyone else but don’t assume you know better than folks who live in the area.

hiking
1 month ago

This would have been an easy trail is it wasn’t so muddy and slippery. It last rained two days ago, so there were dry spots, but some of the slippery spots were really dangerous. The views are beautiful once you get there, but still be careful on the rocks. There is also a waterfall that is pretty. Several baths but only one that you can swim in. And if the tide is rough, this could be super dangerous. The trail does start with a sign that reads “Many people have died here.” And more. Could be a great experience, but I was too nervous after reading that!

walking
1 month ago

It was beautiful but we got lost and things got a little sketchy for us.

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