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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.

9 hours ago

great hike! definitely challenging. it's currently very wet and muddy. a lot of roots and uneven ground. you will need to climb the roots of a tree to get to the overlook. someone was kind enough to tie a rope to help you up and down. a hiking pole would he very helpful! Aloha!

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.

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.

4 days ago

Super tough but totally worth it!!

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

hike takes you to top of waterfall, beautiful views along the way

This hike has amazing views of the canyon at the end of the trail. Definitely recommend it. It took us about an hour and a half to get to the waterfall and back, but we stayed a little bit to enjoy the views. They are AMAZING! This trail takes you to the tip of the waterfall, not the bottom. With all the greenery it’s a little hard to actually see too much of the falls going down but still worth the hike. I’m just going to reiterate how steep it is coming out. Definitely needed to take multiple breaks on the way back.

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.

8 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.

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.

Not really a hike, but a nice beach. Took us 7 minutes down to the beach. There are short steep parts, but there are ropes to help you go down. Snorkelled two times and saw a seaturtle each time!

11 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!

11 days ago

Definitely through the jungle & super duper muddy. Be sure to grab a stick on the way in. So many people didn’t and get slide the whole way. Jumping into the creek at the end was amazing! Not too much to see past the yellow bench but fun anyways! At the fork... turn around.

13 days ago

One of the most difficult hikes I’ve ever done. Mud, streams of water, 2 ropes to climb steep descents, made this hike very painful. Yes, there are some views but hiking to no destination made this hike undesirable.

Would say it‘s more moderate than hard compared to some other trails classified as hard. No deep cliffs, not dangerous at all. Sometimes muddy and slippery of course and conditionally challenging. But easy to make it to the viewpoints. Tool us two hours to get to the second viewpoint and back. Nice view to Hanalei Bay.

slick and muddy, need sturdy shoes. in some area you have to crawl under low limbs to get to head of the falls. At the first waterfall there's a trail that is not easy to find where you can climb down to the base of the falls. we saw the trail that went to the right and climbed up it part way but it look like it didn't go anywhere so maybe the other one was there too and we just missed it. I think it was an easier climb down then it was a climb up for the trail we took because we saw some people with young children that had gone down to the base of the waterfall on the trail that we could not see. It would be helpful if there were some signs.

14 days ago

Super fun hike. Bring lots of water and get ready to face your fear of heights at the end for a walk out the last few hundred feet. Loved it and would do it again!

This hike had an okay view at the end, but to be honest, the canyon views driving up to the hike we're more impressive. The hike is pretty boring for 90% of it as you are walking through forest with no views. The benefit is that you are in the shade for the majority of the hike. The hike is kinda backwards as you travel downhill to get to the view at the end, but then uphill to get back to the trailhead. Given other hikes available in Kauai, I would choose this hike as a second or third option.

15 days ago

Did this trail after the rain, there are two paths to go down, just make sure you do the one thats a bit safer. it was very difficult going down because it was steep and slippery, but going up was a breeze because you have better balance in general. there was a rope that you can hang onto to go down, but still slippery as hell. but after all that, it was definitely worth the hike!( or like a slide down)

A very cool trail. We did it in the rain the Tuesday after Lane passed through. There was only a few other people around that day and we had It mostly to ourselves. The fog, mist and light rain gave the canyon a unique feeling and the views were still amazing! I would absolutely recommend this trail if you are in Koke’e. It is an easy hike and fairly short. Came back a few days later with beautiful weather and could see a crowd on this trail from several of the canyon overlooks.

Beautiful place! Swamp on the top of a mountain! We hiked the trail on 8/31 about 5 days after the tropical storm Lane rains came through. It was a lovely sunny day with periods of rain. We started off in the rain looking down the amazing valley and loving the interesting wide open trail. I local park employee who was wearing head to toe goretex and rubber boots told us that we looked well dressed in or hiking pants (synthetic pants turned out to be perfect) and water proof hiking boots and goretex rain jackets, so that put us at ease as far as equipment. The mud was here and there and we navigated around it making the going slow but OK. Some rooty climbs and large scrambling steps along the Pahie section. The stairs and boardwalks are in decent shape, with some new sections in the really swampy areas that keep you mostly out of the water. A few big steps and jumps across big puddles and only one of my waterproof hikers was wet inside after 6 hours of walking and taking pictures every few minutes. The lookout at the end was clouded up when we got there but I wish I had waited for a clearing since the pictures of the north shore and Hanalei Bay look awesome. The creek crossing was OK, jumping from rock to rock, but it would be tougher if it was raining harder, there is a rope across the creek in case you have to go fully into the current. I would do it again, don’t take little kids unless there are hardcore. Wait at the lookout for the view.

Good, moderate-level hike with good views of Waimea Canyon and the waterfalls at the end. I would echo others’ comments about the steepness as well. But even though it’s 1.4mi or so to the falls on sometimes slippery, muddy trails, some folks were even hiking in flip flops. I would say that’s not a problem only if you’re not in a hurry. The trail is popular so even with good shoes, the traffic still might slow you down.

17 days ago

Left the south shore @6am. We reached Awaʻawapuhi Trail @ 8:30AM. Going towards the vista it’s all down hill w/ flats here and there. About 75% or more of the trail is shaded. I honestly don’t care about having a view through majority of the trek because it would’ve been super hot. The trail was very muddy. Some parts of the trail your walking along a one person path that’s super muddy, but we made it to the gorgeous view. My partner and I are novice hikers and this hike seemed more difficult for people like us. I dreaded the climb back but we made it out! It was very rewarding.

Easy to navigate with some good climbs. The most amazing views of the coast. Perfect spot for lunch at the overlook.

Awesome views!

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