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12 hours ago

Me and my wife did this hike today!!! EPIC!!! Don’t let the rain fool you. Once you get out on the ridge, the clouds cleared up and we saw some of the best views. This hike is definitely doable... but it is very slippery. I would definitely recommend wearing hiking boots. This is the best hike in the park! The end of it is pretty sketchy, especially because it was wet. Just go slow and use your judgment. I will definitely do this one again!!!

hiking
1 day ago

Excellent trail. Nearly all downhill en route to the end views and therefore entirely uphill heading back. Varying jungle forests and lots of roots to climb over but the views at the end are dramatic and worth it. Nā Pali coast views never let you down, so keep going even down to the dangerous precipice.

on Nu'alolo Trail

hiking
2 days ago

Randonnée magnifique avec, à l’arrivée, une vue splendide sur Napili Coast! La randonnée est composée de 3 parties bien distinctes (ombragé, peu ombragé et non ombragé). Il est vrai qu’elle a un dénivelé important, mais nous avions été surpris par la montée (moins hard que ce que l’on pensait). Pensez à garder au moins 1 litre d’eau pour le retour! Selon la météo cela vous sera utile!
4h pour les bons marcheurs: 1h30 allée - 2h30 retour

Incredible views! Going down is pretty easy when it's not too muddy. Going back is all uphill and slippery when wet.

Significantly less muddy than the Kuamo’o trail leading up to the summit. Can’t speak on how strenuous this side is because we hiked up from Kuamo’o and descended here. Better views of the valley from this side. A little overgrown in some spots.

hiking
3 days ago

Awesome! Not the best trail I've ever hiked, but this thing packs so much raw exposure and scenery into such a short distance that it might be the best value per linear foot I've experienced. Even clouded in, this is an incredible experience.

hiking
5 days ago

Hiked this trail and it came out closer to 7.9 miles and approximately 2100 of vertical. Some sections Can slippery especially with a recent rainfall. Excellent hike would recommend. Those who are in good physical shape this is not a very challenging hike can easily be done without breaks. Those in moderate condition some breaks and closer to four hours. The way back is more challenging.

Me and my girlfriend did this trail today, and it was fantastic. Some of the best views we've ever seen. A couple quick tips to help you plan for the hike:

First, getting there: go to the kalalau lookout and park in the normal parking lot. You'll walk up to the view surrounded by a green fence. When looking at the valley, on your far left there is a gate that has a small latch that can be opened. Go through this gate and you're on your way.

Second, difficulty: I'll start by saying that if this wasn't on a ridge it would probably be rated moderate. What makes it hard is the narrowness of the trail and the fact that there is steep ridge immediately to your right. Don't let this stop you, as it is easily manageable and views are breathtaking.

There are several lookout points along the way. As early as 10 minutes in, you'll want to stop and take a picture.

The ridge line will pucker you right up.

9 days ago

We started at 11:00 am ish. Got to the river at 12:25. Rested there for a hour, then went back up. Ascent took 1 hour 39 minutes. We are a fit couple and we found this to be a challenge. Like idiots we left our water purifier and camelbacks at home. Boy they would have made this trek a bit less strenuous. The hike to the river is an accomplishment, not a new vista. You get that going down. Some very steep and muddy sections made the descent more difficult than others I have hiked. All in all a fun hike for those looking to be challenged.

Amazing hike. For those who hike regularly, this trail is not very difficult. Two or three very steep parts but so worth it. Highly recommend. Oh, and whoever said "save water for the hike back" you are a lifesaver. Water on the way back and at the end is much needed.

hiking
9 days ago

So rewarding. The trail is not as hard as they lead you to believe but I can see it being more difficult for those who don't hike regularly. We hiked this trail and the Nu'alolo trail. Both incredible but would probably recommend this one because the views of Kalalau Valley are unmatched.

hiking
10 days ago

Decent hike, mostly shaded, great views at the end. Slippery and strenuous, took approx 4 hours with a short break at the turnaround. Popular trail, get there early and hike with pono.

Trail was a little muddy in places but the views were spectacular!

hiking
11 days ago

Get there early as the lot fills up quick. Overall, an amazing hike. The trail is mainly wooded with slippery mud and exposed roots. However, the view at the end is amazing - haven’t experienced anything like that before. Make sure to go past the lookout point for an even better view if you’re not scared of heights. Glad I did this. Took 3 hours 45 minutes with a 30 minute stop at the end.

hiking
11 days ago

Go early for parking but great hike.

hiking
13 days ago

Amazing hike, one of the best I’ve ever done. Outstanding views, great workout, plenty of exposure to keep you on your toes. A must if visiting Kauai.

Absolutely gorgeous hike! The hike out is easy and mostly downhill so the hike back is more challenging. The view at the end is worth every bit of huffing and puffing on the way back. I would not go past the rail line if it has been raining recently, it can be very dangerous.

hiking
17 days ago

Very beautiful shaded trail through the rainforest. Lots of roots and some parts do get slippery. Took my wife and I four hours (including lunch at the view) carrying our toddler in a hiking backpack, getting to the view was easy, paid for the view on the way back. Hiking poles were definitely appreciated on the ascent back. Recommend to get there early as the parking lot was half full by 7:30am.

hiking
18 days ago

Beautiful views of the Na Pali Coast. This trail tricks you, it’s a quick and easy walk down to the views. But if you can’t go uphill for 3.25 miles after already hiking for an hour don’t do this trail. It’s a sweaty, stair master hike. At the bottom there is a narrow and steep trail to the end point, it’s a trip! You don’t have to go to the very end to get incredible views, but if you’re not afraid of shear cliff drops you should make the trek down. Including time at the bottom, snack and catch my breath moments on the hike back up, this took me 3.5 hours (relatively good shape, slow uphill hiker).

hiking
18 days ago

Muss auf der To Do Liste bei einem Aufenthalt in Kauai stehen! Noch nie vorher habe ich so etwas gesehen...

hiking
18 days ago

TLDR: Big guy not in great shape was able to easily accomplish this beautiful hike - easily one of the true highlights of a Kauai vacation!

Alright let me start this out by saying WOW! What an amazing trail. And let me follow it up by suggesting that everyone who does attempt this use caution and common sense when approaching the trail. I am going to give some personal feedback based on the reviews I read on this site but that does not mean that my experience and others will be the same.

Allow me to point out that I am a middle aged 350+lb 6'2" guy. I have bad knees from years of retail and bad ankles from being too top heavy - but I also do a fair bit of hiking/walking and have recently been working on C25K, etc. So I would elect to say that I am in a fair bit better fitness than most people my size.

When my wife and I were planning hikes in Kauai for our trip this was one that clearly stood out to us. Being 1.9 miles out and back it was a trail we knew I could handle fitness wise - but based on all of the reviews I was very concerned if I would be able to handle the steep decline/inclines and was scared of how the ridge hiking would be. Ultimately - it was no big deal! I am glad people are warning caution but at the end of the day I never felt like this trail was too much.

In fact, I encourage people interested in this trail at all to give it a shot with these two things in mind:

Firstly, you will learn quickly what the descent/ascent is like (within the first .2 miles). If the first descent makes you feel overwhelmed that's a good sign you've gone far enough and should not keep going. This is as bad as it gets for steepness/slickness (we were very fortunate to get 98% dry hike!). There is one more very steep section after a campground but this early indicator would help someone concerned about this hike to make a decision.

Secondly, as you approach some of the narrow portions where there is a quick dropoff shortly to your right you can make an assessment if doing the last section is something you are comfortable with. One of the things I never saw anyone else mention was that you can do 70+% of this hike without the fear of the double cliff ridge line AND feel like you've seen amazing sights and experienced a great hike! But that being said, if you are willing and feel comfortable with the ridge hiking the final payoff is WELL worth it!

The return hike was definitely making me huff and puff but the entire thing was no more than moderate when taking it slow and easy. A mistake near the end would no doubt be bad but I never felt like I was at risk.

So please, give it a shot! Enjoy it! Be safe! Use poles to keep your balance!

hiking
20 days ago

The trail starts at the Kalalau Valley Lookout so there is plenty of parking. The trailhead is not marked but if you are looking out over the lookout, turn left and follow the fence until there is a break in the fence and that’s where the trail starts. As noted but others, it’s a steep downhill covered in dirt and is very slippery, and there is also a lot of underbrush at parts, so I would strongly recommend wearing hiking boots and long pants (otherwise you will be scraped and/or dirty).

Very beautiful trail - totally worth the short trip out and back for the views and it’s a fun hike with some scrambling.

Super easy walk in a beautiful rain forest with views of Mt Waialeale almost the entire trail. We wanted something easy in between awa'awapuhi and alakai swamp hikes. There is a cute little waterfall at the end. The hardest part of the trail is getting over a huge eucalyptus tree that blocks the trail. Other than that, this is an easy hike for the whole family. Turn right at the picnic table to continue on to the little waterfall. The trail connects with the Moalepe trail just past the waterfall. We continued a bit further on that trail but did not see anything too different or special, so we turned around. This trail is perfect if you like forest hikes, shade, and amazing views of the wettest place on earth.

One of the best hikes on Kauai! Moderately challenging due to the incline but easy enough to complete in a couple of hours. Absolutely beautiful views of Kapaa. The hike to the picnic tables is easy enough, though can get complicated if the ground is slick (but it’s Kauai and slick hikes goes with the territory).

The hard rating is for those who hike beyond the picnic tables onto the giant’s face. There’s a sketchy section of rock climbing complicated by muddy terrain that leads up to a narrow, wind swept ledge with an incredible view. This section is definitely not for those afraid of heights, but for those who push though, one of the most rewarding and beautiful views on the south of the island await!

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.

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.

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.

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