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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.

The trail provides nice views of the canyon. When you get to the end, you can scramble down some rocks to the cliff edge and peek down the waterfall.

awesome hike. this hike is my go to hike if I'm limited on time. This is where I take or recommend to my friends. Beautiful views with a small waterfall.

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

Absolutely gorgeous! We started with cloudy and misty conditions in the morning but as we continued along the trail the clouds faded revealing the most beautiful breathtaking views! Totally worth it!

Great trail, but for a solid 1/3 of it you’re crawling down big hills on your hands and knees. Many roots which people have used to hold onto are broken/ripped, making it a bit more scared. Best advise- wear shoes with really good tread. I was sliding all over in trail runners.

A couple water crossings could use some better setup, otherwise a great hike!

Absolutely amazing! The drive up is beautiful, once you get to the lookout here’s a gap in the fence off to three left to enter the trail. Make sure to bring water, and good hiking shoes for traction as you’ll be traverse down steeper trails the whole way until you turn back. There’s a lot of spots with great views of the ridge, just make sure to watch your footing in certain places. The hike back is pretty much a stair master workout so be prepared with some water.

Give yourself sometime to take in the amazing views, we started in he late afternoon, before sunset, but we were so caught up on the beauty the hike back required the use of lights to see the way. All in all his hike is something you can’t pass up.

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3 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.

It is not necessarily a hike - but it's beautiful!

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.

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.

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.

Easy trail but slippery! The waves were big so we didn't get in the water, just walked along the beach.

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7 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.

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7 days ago

Could have been epic. I didn’t do enough research on this hike much to my wife’s dismay. We bailed about 1.5 miles in as the views started to get good. Until then, it’s a slog through scratchy brambles and muddy downhills. It’s probably worth doing, just manage your expectations. Bottom line - the price to entry is high.

Hiked down to the most beautiful beach in Kauai! Be careful...slippery!

Beautiful view. Not much of a trail if you're looking for that but a nice stop off the road

Beautiful views, some parts can be tricky/technical but this trail is well worth the view at the end.

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10 days ago

Amazing views at the end of the trail, definitely worth it. Some steep parts that aren't a problem if you take your time. Not as bad as we were expecting based on some of the reviews, we passed a couple people in sandals that made the hike.

hiking
10 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 hike. Awesome views. But beware of a dangerous river crossing near the Makauwahi cave. There is something like quicksand at the bottom of the creek near the beach, and my wife nearly drowned. There is a bridge. Make sure you use it.

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.

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11 days ago

Absolutely incredible view! Well worth it!

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.

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

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