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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.

Quick and easy hike if you have microspikes/crampons. Park at the end of the road. Follow the fence until there is an opening. from there, you can hug the fence from the inside going left, where you will eventually see the start to the trail (this is the way we came back up). Another way down (this is what we did) was following the path you see once the fence opens up. The hike down is quick, maybe 15 minutes. Some ropes to help you out, but focus on grabbing hard roots. I swam around the waterfall, but fair warning rocks are slippery so go slow, and ideally wear water shoes (switch into them when you are at the water). You can also get behind the waterfall. amazing. Spotted several rainbows while hanging out near the waterfall for a good 45 minutes. Today saw about 10-12 people in multiple groups coming in and out of the bottom. Not sure why this trail is marked closed. Must do!

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.

3.5 stars! Super muddy at first then leveled out and became a beautiful forest trail. Gradual uphill slope and then very uphill for almost a mile.
Beautiful diverse trees. Do it early!!!

It’s somewhere between easy and moderate. You don’t need hiking boots but you should wear shoes and not sandals. The path has some inclines and declines (not difficult), and part of it is alongside the golf course. The challenge for us was where the side brush was so overgrown, it was hard to see the trail. That part lasted a quarter mile, so we were beginning to wonder if it would stay like that the rest of the hike.

Beyond that, there were several lookout spots to get great pictures. Overall, a fun walk.

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

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.

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

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 hike is not moderate. It Hard AF!!! If you can’t pull yourself up a rope on a slope as slippery as boiled witch guts, don’t do this hike. If you can, DO IT!!! The view from the bottom is amazing. 100,000% better than from the top.

Steep Hike, but well worth the sweeping views of the coast. We had hiking poles and I was very glad! It helped stabilize on the slick mud.

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.

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!

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.

Ok so, you can’t access this trail legally, my mom did the fall trail the day before without any problem (just said it was slippery and steep). However when we tried to go we got threats from a local tour guide that he would call the cops if we went down (which is apparently a $1000 fine). Either way my mom said it was breathtaking and worth it, but that’s if you can afford the risk of a fine. The signs say the trail is closed but nothing about a trespassing fine or it being illegal to access. There were about 7 people down there when we were trying to go down.

We loved this hike. It was fairly easy and great ocean views all along the trail. I believe the total round trip was 7.5 miles. If you don’t hike with the app AllTrails- you should give it a try. It will keep you on the right path.

17 days ago

Absolutely incredible view! Well worth it!

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.

totally worth it! start in the morning , get there early

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!

22 days ago

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

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.

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.

It was really calming and a treacherous walk... but worth it 100%

This trail is amazing, the hike back is very arduous, but the views are so worth it. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing at the end of the trail, it felt like we were on another planet.

29 days ago

Jet lagged, I left the north shore at 5 AM. I stopped at Starbucks in Lihue and then again at Ishihara Market in Waimea for snacks along the way. I arrived at the trailhead at 7:30 and there was only 1 other car there already. The viewpoint at the end of this trail, past the guardrail, is absolutely stunning! I lingered at the view point for maybe 20-30 minutes and took a casual pace throughout, arriving back at my car around 12:30. I passed plenty of people on my way back and the parking lot was overflowing when I returned, so start early if you'd like some solitude!

This hike was really enjoyable. The first part of the hike is not all that spectacular but the second parts gets really interesting and the view at the end is simply breathtaking. We did a very interesting option which is to take the 2 mile connection trail to the Awa'awapuhi trail. Dont be surprised if the trail is unmaintaned at the beginning. Taking both trails allows you to make a 11 mile loop trail which takes about 6 hours.The views at Nu'alolo cliff trail are more impressive but Awa'awapuhi should still not be missed. Either you can park two cars at both trail heads or walk along the road back to the original car park.

This hike was really enjoyable. The first part of the hike is not all that spectacular but the second parts gets really interesting and the view at the end is simply breathtaking. Make sure to go down ridge a little bit at the end of trail because only from there you really have a good view. We did a very interesting option which is to take the 2 mile connection trail to the Nu'alolo cliff trail. That allows you to make a 11 mile loop trail which takes about 6 hours.The views at Nu'alolo cliff trail are actually even more impressive. Either you can park two cars at both trail heads or walk along the road back to the original car park.

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