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13 hours ago

Great hike!! Second time ....first time rain and solid mud, today beautiful hike little mud and gorgeous view at the end!!

1 day ago

One of my all time favorites. Did this as part of the loop with a few other trails. A little sketchy in places, so be careful.

A little steep to go down because of the mud, but it is a really nice beach. There is not a lot of people!

This trail was awsome! If you have fear of heights, it is pretty steep! The view is amazing all the way down! I suggest to wear hiking shoes! Go to the end, it’s really beautiful! You have to go to the end, it is rewarding!

4 days ago

Spectacular views worth the steep climbs!

Great hike! One of my lifetime favorites! Beautiful, tropical scenery, clifftop views, gorgeous beach, big waterfall with a swimming hole - amazing! We did the 8 mile round trip hike to the falls and back, and it's tough, especially because the last two miles are two of the hardest, all up and down instead of just down, like most trails on the last two miles. (funny, though, they didn't seem so hard on the way in, when I was fresh!)

5 days ago

An amazing hike overall. The trip in is all downhill and pretty easy. We got there at 7:30 am and were the first in the lot. We went on a sunny day so had no mud. You can find walking sticks at the trailhead which are definitely helpful on the hike back. It’s about 3.1 Miles in. The hike in is great because you see so many “climates” (rain forest with a high canopy, grassland, desert rocks, and of course chickens). The views at the end are probably some of the most spectacular I’ve ever seen. We walked out past the gate to the end where the drops are a thousand feet on either side. SO STUNNING! The hike back was long as it is all uphill fortunately we got there early and were done prior to it getting too hot. Make sure to bring enough water for the trip back because it is why this hike is marked as moderate.

I chose this trail because I had time for only one hike and I read at some places that if I had time for just one, this is THE one. I honestly was a tad disappointed. But then again that may be because of factors (Like past experiences and expectations) personal to me - One - I did not like the fact that the entire hike back and forth was through a thick canopy of forest without any views at all - I might as well have been hiking in North Carolina (my home state). The view at the end was indeed spectacular but too less for so much of walking - Additionally it did not match up to the views we had the day before from the sea side (we had taken a boat to the coast).

So if you are happy with hiking 6 miles for just one view (which could depend on visibility based on weather), this might be the one for you.

Beautiful trail with great views the whole way. My husband and I were slightly unsure about the steep drop offs but it is easy to avoid getting too close to them. The trip down was fairly easy but you do need to crouch and use your hands at certain points. The end of the trail was absolutely breathtaking! The trip back was much more of a workout with the steep inclines. Again, well worth it! If you are in shape and ready for amazing views, do not hesitate. I would say to wear proper footwear. We both wore trail running shoes and were fine. We did see a couple people walking barefoot and I'm not so sure how that went for them, as there was a lot of loose dirt and it's easy to lose some footing. The trailhead was unmarked, but easy to find with the directions after you locate the gate.

8 days ago

We live in Oahu and this was our first hike on Kauai. The last mile or so is breathtaking and worth the almost two miles of slogging through mud and brambles in the forest you have to do to get there. I find it hard to imagine getting better views of the Napoli coast from above anywhere else. If you go to the end (we stopped just short of the end) this is 6 miles round trip. The end marked on AllTrails is not the end.

11 days ago

This trail was fantastic! The entire way to the overlook is downhill, not too challenging but a bit muddy and slippery. The way back is entirely uphill and challenging, so make sure to stash more than half of water for the hike back to the car. The views are breathtaking at the end, and an amazing spot for some lunch. Make sure to start early so it’s not too muddy and before it gets too hot, especially for the hike back from the lookout.

14 days ago

I did his trail two days ago with my husband. It has been our favorite trail here (especially with Napali Coast currently closed)!! We got there at 8am and there were a few cars there already. It was a clear day and was already 80 degrees. We wore lots of sunscreen and bug spray - there were muddy sections throughout the whole trail and I swear I could hear the low hum of insects nearly the whole time. We wore hiking shoes over hiking sandals, which we ended up being happy about. Definitely grab a walking stick - there were like 30 at the trailhead.

We got to the beautiful section in an hour as it was all downhill. The views were INCREDIBLE! I even conquered some fears and went out on the narrow ledge to get an even better view. We ate a bit and hung out for a while soaking it all in.

It took us about an hour and a half to get back, but we were trucking, treating it like a workout. It was not very pleasant haha. It will definitely take longer on the way back because it is all uphill and there will probably be lots of muddy sections. We also didn’t do the additional Nu’alolo Trail, so if you do that, you’ll have a longer hike (the split for this trail doesn’t happen until like mile 2.5 down).

Please don’t be the people who show up in flip flops and jeans, without any water at noon. This WILL be painful for you and you will slip and fall.

trail running
15 days ago

I did both trails.

Wear long sleeves, there is tons of really tall brush throughout the trail!

Also, bring lots of water because the Hawaiian humidity made me sweat like I was in a sauna. I have never sweat that much in my life.

I did the trails in 3 1/2 hours. I didn’t take any rest breaks, but I did pause to catch some viewz!!! I hitchhiked back to my car which definitely shaved off some time.

I didn’t find this trail to be that difficult, and it didn’t feel that long. It was a nice workout.

15 days ago

Stunning view at end. Downhill and gentle for 3 miles out and it was dry overall. Great to spend time out on the ridge and take in the birds, ocean far below and the Na’ Pali mountains. The hike back is hard work so be sure to fuel up.

Amazing hike with spectacular views. Many people on the hike told me not to go past the
warning sign when you get to the end, but this is a MUST. The hike really isn’t worth it if you don’t go to the very end. The warning sign is just a warning for the cliff, it is NOT a do not enter sign. It can get a little sketchy at the end with cliffs on both sides but just come excepting that. Also, like others have said, it can be very muddy at times. I wore chacos and did just fine, it made for an easy clean up too. Many people used hiking poles as well. The hike took me about 3 hours, which included 30 minuets of resting at the view, and a total of 6.5 miles.

I did the Awa'awapuhi/Nu'alolo loop trail. This is definitely one of my all time best hikes. If you do the loop hike, I suggest starting at the Na'alolo trail, which I didn't, because you have to walk back on the main road, 2 miles, to your car, and it is much easier to go down than up. The hike was amazing, views were spectacular to say the least. As mentioned in other posts, you need to go out to the farthest point on the Awa'awapuhi trail to fully take in the views, with the Awa'awapuhi Valley on your right and the Nu'alolo Valley on your left. Just be aware, going out to the point, the trail isn't all that wide, steep drop offs on both sides and not a lot room for that many people. So use your own judgement and be safe. The Nu'alolo cliff trail, that connects the two trails is about 2 miles, easy hike, goes through a variety of different scenery, their is even a shelter and picnic table to take a break. The very last section up to the Nu'alolo trail is actually pretty steep.
Once you hit the Nu'alolo trail, it is .75 miles out to the lookout, but go beyond that for even better views of the Napali Coast and Nu'alolo Valley. Sat under a Pine tree, yes a Pine tree, for lunch, watched many of Kauai's state birds...Errrr the helicopters, flying over. I was lucky on this day, very little rain no wind and the sun was out for a good portion of the my hike. The climb back up the Nu'alolo trail, in my opinion, is steeper than the Awa'awapuhi trail. My total hike time, car to car was 6 hours, distance was around 13.7 miles. Make sure to take plenty of water, snacks, hat...Etc.... I also took a lightweight hooded jacket and a backup battery pack for my phone and GoPro. Last advice, don't wear you favorite pair of hiking shoes, because the trail can get very muddy and you will not get that red dirt out of them, this from experience, enjoy and have fun.

Wonderful time. Hiking part was fine and our 5 year old made it down and up with some assistance. Beach was great and not crowded. Would recommend.

Road after Hanalei is closed till November at least. This hike is not happening.

Can only get through with permit.

Beautiful views of the coast, once you reach the end. The trail was quite slippery from rain, personally I didn't fall, but had many close calls. The walking stick from the nearby gift shop helped a lot. My legs and shoes were soaked in mud either way. Definitely worth it!

I was just there and told it won’t re-open til next season.

Gorgeous view at the end. Stay there awhile to enjoy the clouds moving in and out.


23 days ago

Excellent trail. The views at the end of some of the best Ive seen. There is a very narrow knife ridge with 2,500 foot drops on either side that is super cool to go out on. My 9 yo girl and 16 yo son were so stoked! Climbing back to the road was a bit tough since we can had done the Nu’alolo Trail and the cliffs connector trail for a total of 13 miles. Well worth it.

23 days ago

Amazing trail. Well maintained. A little muddy the first two miles or so but then perfect. We connected it with Cliffs connector trail and onto the Awaawapuhi trail and did an epic 13 mile hike with 4,000 feet of elevation gain. My 9 year old daughter and 16 year old son loved every minute of it. We hiked the last 2 easy miles on the road to get the full 13 miles. You can easily hitch hike too.

Has anyone hiked this trail in the past couple weeks? I’m here now and the road is closed to get there and the construction workers would only let residents through.

28 days ago

Amazing view at the end of the trail.

1 month ago

Beautiful views! It‘s slippery and a little bit mudy on the way down. Coming back up again is faster and easier. Took us about one hour to go down and 40 minutes back up (including water and picture breaks).

Muddy, mosquitoes, and no views for the first 2+ miles. Just not a lot to like for a while. Would be a very easy walk in the woods if not for the mud. As long as you keep moving at a quick pace the mosquitoes will leave you alone, but if you stop for 10-15 seconds they will be all over you.

Mud is bog like. Not too deep, but squishy. You have to go slow to keep from getting mud all over you.

Only the last 3/4 of a mile is somewhat challenging and interesting with views of the mountains, valleys, and ocean.

1 month ago

The distance quoted for this hike is about right, but not the elevation change (it is definitely less than 2125feet...). The views from the end of the trail are spectacular, but note: you HAVE to go all the way to the end!! The trail doesn't reward you with the views until you've done the full distance!
We actually took the Nu'alolo trail out, then took the Nu'alolo Cliff Trail across which links up to the Awa'Awapuhi Trail. The views from both the Nu'alolo and the Awa'Awapuhi lookouts are very different, so I really recommend doing both trails if you can.
You can then either walk along the road back to your car parked at the start of the Nu'alolo/Awa'Awapuhi trail, or just hitchhike - you'll probably be picked up within a minute by one of the many friendly tourist cars going past.

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