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The view is amazing!

An astonishingly beautiful hike. The trail is mostly downhill through root-lined switchbacks, which is great on the way down, but definitely save some energy for the hike back.

The trail opens up on a wide cliff ledge with sweeping views of the canyon before continuing on to two waterfalls. The smaller of the two hides behind a rocky scramble, but the true gem of the hike is a few yards away. A short, easy scramble places you atop of Waipoo falls, with the canyon opening up far below you.

If you have a drone, definitely send it out for one of the most amazing views you will ever see.

Can’t wait to get back when there are lower tides. The trail can be slick but just be careful

This hike is worth it for the views that you won't see anywhere else in the world! I would say it is heavily trafficked--we left around 7:30-8:00 with 3-4 other couples getting started, and saw several groups coming in on our way out. The trail winds mostly downhill through a beautiful shaded forest with a few peeks of the ocean here and there, a blessing for those of us with, ahem, less melanin than others. It's not a hard trail but it is helpful to have walking sticks or poles for muddy spots. At the end of the trail you can go left over the terrifying ridge or veer right onto the small trail in the grass. I recommend doing both to see slightly different views, though this depends on your comfort level obviously. Ask one of the gazillion other people there to take your pic with those incredible cliffs in the background! The hike back up is the steepest the first half mile or so from the vista, then it's more of a steady, gentle climb. Took us an hour and a half--we're in great shape but used to hiking in the Pacific NW, which is much cooler. Try to leave as early as you can if you're heat sensitive like I am. You'll be thankful you did.

Loved this hike. The last mile marker reads 3.25 miles. Push to make your way to the end point quick, because your way back is going to be a grind uphill. The final views along the napali coast are fantastic, similar yet different to Kalepa Ridge trail (do Kalepa asap if you have not done it). Took us from 2:20 to around 5:45, and we did hang out at the final viewpoint for about 30-45 minutes. Allocate 3-5 hours depending on your pace/need to take breaks on the hike back to your car.

nice trail. it was tough for me not for my hubby. the falls were small but pretty. killer hill workout.

Amazing views. Definitely worth going past the initial look out point if you aren’t afraid of heights.

Easy and relaxing trail. We got aromatherapy of sweet grasses and orange flowering bushes. Gorgeous views of the canyon at the end of the trail. The day was perfect for hiking: sunny but breezy and not hot.

We started the hike in a misty cloud but it quickly cleared as we descended. The trail was extremely muddy and we slipped a few times. The view at the end was definitely worth the sweat and mud.

Very pretty enjoyable hike. The waterfall is gorgeous at the end. The trail was heavily trafficked on the Sunday we went.

hiking
10 days ago

I'm planning to do this hike next week (15-20th). If anyone wants to join me send me an email at h0tr0dder_uk@yahoo.com - Pete

This has been on my list for a while. I finally came to Kauai with someone who wanted to hike it as well. I've been to the overlook at the Pihae trailhead many times before and could always tell the returning Alakai swamp crossers by the fact that they are covered with mud. Our trip was blessed in that the trail was mostly dry and the footing was always solid. While there were awesome views on the way, we were met with a solid cloud bank at the final overlook. We waited a half hour, then conceded to the clouds and headed back. It was amazing to walk through the highest swamp in the world.

walking
10 days ago

This is not a strenuous trail. Little children go up and down it in flip- flops. When muddy, the first portion can be slick, but it is brief. Once at the bottom, just follow the rust- colored trail on the black stones to the bath. The pool is about 10 feet deep under the jumping rock that is about 6 feet high. If the surf is up, be smart and stay away, otherwise, enjoy a dip in the protected water.

This was an awesome hike but a little challenging. I was grateful for my walking sticks and good hiking boots. We were lucky that it was not so muddy compared to what I have read it to be. We knew the veiw at the end was a 50/50 shot and was disappointed that it was just a huge fog bank. There was plenty of views along the way to make up for it.

hiking
12 days ago

Absolutely breathtaking views, and the pool at the end makes the very difficult trek worth it. The first half is extremely muddy and slick. It’s not maintained and while lots of people of all ages and ability make the trek, its not for those just looking for a simple nature hike. But once you get half way, the trail opens up to the coast and things become much easier.

Pay attention to the surf report, and take the first half slowly and you’ll be well rewarded.

hiking
13 days ago

#1 AMAZING HIKE!!! My husband and I have hiked about 15 trails throughout Kauai, and this is one of the best! The hike was easy getting to the end which is spectacular views of the Waimea Canyon and the Napali Coast. Breathtaking is just the beginning of this view! The trip back - yikes! It’s all uphill and tough. My suggestion - start before 8:00 am. Relax and enjoy the view once you get there and save your water and energy for the hike back to your car. This is over a 6 mile hike and I would rate it a “moderate plus”.... because of the hike back. If you don’t do anything else....DO THIS HIKE!

I combined this with the Cliffs Trail. Both a high on the must do list especially if you have limited time. The views over the falls are with the effort. Both trails can be done pretty quickly. Add time to swim if desired.

hiking
16 days ago

Beautiful 6ish mile out and back - took us 2 hours 20 minutes.
Prepare to work on the way out it is mostly uphill.
The views at the lookout are quite impressive.

Beautiful but long hike. Bring water and food.

Great trail. a little steep at times. I saw some folks struggle with the up and down. I liked that there was up and down both ways so it never felt like a complete slog. great payoff where you end up standing on the top of huge waterfalls! I did this hike in flip flops with no real issue. it ended up kinda nice because I could just walk into the water. 10 out of 10 would recommend.

The views at the end are impressive, really worth it. Try to go early as there’s less people, and save energies for the way back.

Loved the hike and be sure to swim in the second water area!! Went there the first time and didn’t know!!

Easy trail, fantastic views, definitely worth the walk! If you like heights, go out further on the cliffs! If you are climbing on all 4 you don’t have to be worried.

Good luck!

Great hike - the view from the edge is spectacular and the waterfall is kind of cool and refreshing. Some people swimming but water looked gross after the rain. Definitely recommend hiking shoes and water!

hiking
22 days ago

Awesome hike and swimming pools at the end! Great waterfalls as well!

hiking
23 days ago

Amazing!!! Slippery and wet hiking down, but the last 50 yards are so worth it. The views open up and you see the ocean and the ridge line. If you’re afraid of heights, the walk down to the view platform area is a bit tenuous and walking further is not recommended. Strenuous hike back up so be prepared with water and some energy before starting.

Definitely more challenging when conditions are wet. We skidded and slipped a few times on descents. The cloudy day diminished the views from the canyon lookout but were still cool. Didn't make it all the way to the falls. Proper footwear (we had ankle height boots) were a must.

awesome app!!

hiking
25 days ago

Started on the trail at 7 am in a fog with light misty rain. There were only a few cars in the parking lot. As we started our descent 2 different groups turned around. We stayed on track because we have noticed in the short time on the island that the weather changes quickly. About 2 miles into the hike the weather improved. The result was a spectacular Vista at the end. It was wet and muddy bit you should not let anything stand in the way of an amazing hike.

Absolutely loved this trail! It has just the right amount of adventure, jungle madness, lack of traffic, and effort involved. All of this is punctuated by a payoff of an an excellent view of Hanalei Bay from a distance. When we went it rained almost non-stop which resulted in a muddy mess, but I'm pretty sure it's like this all the time. You definitely need hiking boots and a willingness to scramble up muddy walls and to slosh through puddles while traipsing through waist high weeds and overgrowth. If you're cool with that, you'll have a blast. This is one of my top 10 hikes worldwide.

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