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This was a great hike, easy in , a bit more strenuous on the way out because it was more up hill. We went early to beat the heat.

trail running
5 hours ago

AMAZING!!! Very short with stunning views throughout. It was dry when I did it and really not scary at all, though I can see it being very different when wet.

A little muddy but not bad! Worth the beautiful view!

hiking
11 hours ago

Difficult hike in that the trail is not clear, you will end up rock hopping, climbing under and over trees, route finding, getting muddy and questioning your path constantly. If you lose the trail you can stick to the river and continue up but you will find several spots challenging and slippery. Watch your footing closely. Start by following the fence around the water tower to the main trail on the right side of the river. Cross the river at the concrete slab with rebar sticking out and enter a beautiful bamboo forest. After the bamboo forest you come into the dry creek bed but make sure to go to the left at the cairns. This will save you a lot of time as you will be following a trail through the jungle trees rather than rock hopping and wondering where the trail is if you go right at the cairns. Next make sure you recognize the fork where the canyons split and go right. There are 2 smaller falls to the left but a difficult trail and small falls makes it not worth it for me. Follow the canyon to the right and it’s only 20 mins to the falls from the fork. Surely an adventure and the falls at the end are pretty unique. Do this if you want a challenging hike that will feel like an adventure with few people around.

We rented a kayak and leisurely found our way to the trail head. Yes, there were a lot of other people but you don't seem to mind. The hike in was not long or a challenge. But, if you are not in at least average shape it will not be easy. Don't bother with shoes (but bring them if you are not accustom to hiking barefoot). The mud covers half the mile hike.

The waterfall is worth it. This is a don't miss here on the island. The pool is refreshing. You MUST swim in and get in under the falls. While seeing it is worth the hike, being under it is "feeling" it. Big difference.

Absolutely beautiful hike! You get nearly 360 degree views of the Island at the top. We highly recommend this hike! Pay attention when you’re coming back down the mountain as it splits - one direction goes down the east side and one goes down the west side of the mountain. There isn’t a sign when it splits, so just make sure to watch for the split and go the correct direction back to where you parked.

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.

hiking
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.

Challenging due to the incline. But only a couple of technically difficult parts. My old joints can't do the final part to his nose(?), but I Enjoy the view while John does that part.

scenic driving
2 days ago

Great spot for looking at the Canyon. If it has rained recently there are a few waterfalls too. If your lucky there will be a Hawaiian Warrior talking about Hawaiian culture at the top of the lookout.

hiking
2 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!

hiking
5 days ago

Super tough but totally worth it!!

Great trail to experience the mountain. Relatively shaded so the sun isnt beating on you. The views from the top were amazing and made the all-uphill climb well 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.

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

This was a relatively easy hike - a few tricky moments but as average hikers we were able to do it.

Make sure you wear proper footwear. We ran into a few people who were wearing water shoes or Converse — they were struggling at some of the muddy points.

I will say — some of the views along the way were better than the summit.

hiking
6 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.

hiking
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.

hiking
9 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.

Beautiful waterfall! It wasn’t nearly as crowded as we expected, could be that we went on a Sunday. We had the entire waterfall to ourselves at one point, with Only 1-2 other groups the rest of the time. The mile hike from the river to the falls is extremely muddy & slippery - be prepared to get very dirty!

Amazing hike. Conditionally moderate, but not dangerous to get to the top! Amazing views. Liked this hike a lot.

Best hike of my life!!

hiking
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!

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