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Great Beach during big waves! Short hike down.

I can see where this trail would be spectacular when it has been dry. As it rained today the hike down was challenging and very, very muddy. The views are amazing but I would recommend this hike when it is not raining as the trail is very eroded.

Great trail! Good workout with super Mountain View’s!

hiking
2 days ago

Closed. Gate up. Don’t bother.

Beautiful views! Worth the stop

hiking
3 days ago

This trail is a beast! We lucked out with dry ground. I can’t see how it can be done safely with mud. The views are amazing! I disagree with other reviews on the forest. I feel it’s worth every second to be in the stone still forest. It was amazing... probably my favorite part actually. Pack plenty of water, a camel pack would be ideal. Wear shoes with good traction, red mountain is slick with loose dirt. I’m strong, I hike seasonally, not super fit (gym 3 times a week) but I made it with minimal soreness. I totally thought it would be worse lol. Total time in was 2.5 hrs and out in 1.75. The way back was all business pacing up the inclines. I too was grateful I didn’t have to be rescued! You leave this trail feeling like a total badass.

This was an easy trail. Got there about noon so it had less traffic. I can see if there was recent rains it could be a tougher trail. It seemed challenging for people who aren’t out walking nice inclines often though. Great for families. The views were spectacular! Especially past the picnic area. I’m a plant person and a fan of the forest so I loved every minute of the larger plants past that point! I highly recommend this trail. In and out took about 2.5 hours. That includes tons of plant ID time and pics.

Great trail to hike. Nice gradual incline.

Straight up and straight down, lots of huffing and puffing, but SO WORTH IT! Luckily wasn’t muddy when I went, but can definitely see how it would make it pretty difficult. The view is insane! When you reach the picnic tables, cross the path and go to the one that is going down to the left. That’s the one that takes you down then up to the 360 view, on the left. Be on the look out for strawberry guavas!

A favorite! Gorgeous views and not busy. Only a couple muddy sections today. We like to go as far as the picnic tables. Easy enough for everyone but amazing views!!

Awesome hike. Beautiful views of the south shore, Surrounding mountains and local whales and turtles.
Volcanic rock, packed soil and sand along this trail.
Enjoy

scenic driving
5 days ago

Not a hike, just a lookout. Regardless, still worth a stop! Great views, very peaceful if you go early in the morning to beat crowds.

Best hike of my entire trip to Kauai! Amazing 360 degree views on this thrilling hike. Not for those with a fear of heights whatsoever! Watched the sunrise and enjoyed every step of the way on this trail. Good views the entire way and not too strenuous of a trail at all, just a little intimidating walking on the edge of such steep cliffs. Overall, 10/10.

Gorgeous 360 degree views! Can be a slippery mud slide of a trail if it’s rained at all but if you take your time and go slowly it’s 100% worth it. A bit of rock scrambling at the top just before the last and best viewpoint but there are some sneakpeaks of the view on the way up if you choose not to go to the tippy top!

The trail was not muddy when I went. However I would not be comfortable doing this hike if it was slippery. Saying that it was an absolutely stunningly beautiful hike and vistas! Well worth it. Provided 360°views of the island at the top!

Nice. Great views. Not strenuous hike. Would have liked more history on heiau along trail. Did see whales spouting / a few turtles. We went farther to spend a relaxing hour or more on beach.

hiking
8 days ago

2nd time doing this hike & it’s just as breathtaking every time! Very steep downhill climb then right back up it. Very slippery, lots of mud. Saw double rainbows and enjoyed a pleasant mist from the waterfall at the bottom. Wouldn’t take kids or the faint of heart as this trail is extremely steep at some points, prepare to get muddy.

Finished today. its closed but still accessible. A worth while breathtaking hike.

Loved this trail. It’s what I imagined hiking in Kauai would be like - lush, vistas of rugged mountains, and little to no people. I was a little disappointed with the waterfall (it’s essentially a little stream falling over some rocks) but hopefully I’ll find something else. (Napali Coast hiking is closed and this probably doesn’t compare).

This was a nice hike and had pretty spectacular views from the top. It was very muddy and there were some spots that were very difficult to maneuver, in fact there were some people who couldn’t make it because it was so steep and slippery (just one spot). Must have sneakers at a minimum (flip flops, toms or speedy won’t work) if it’s been raining. Worth the time.

great hike. 2.5 hrs in and out. went to the head. all the warnings seem overplayed... trail in good shape. just don't rush, stay on the designated path, and its fine. views are awesome.

Extremely hot, quite average views compared to other hikes in the mountain.

hiking
12 days ago

Excellent views and swimming hole. Be aware of tides and waves. The first couple hundred feet of the trail is steep, muddy and may be hard for younger or older to make. Trail is short though, I wouldn’t mark as hard, just need to be cautious.

Easy walk. Did it in cheap flip flops. Perfect beach for kids and adults.
UPDATE to my original post. Came out here a few days later and it was a whole other story. Surf was high and the waves were huge. So I guess it depends on the day for the kids

Gave it a 5 star because it was a really nice hike with great views at the top. You start by driving up into a neighborhood where locals usually do a morning hike up and back down. Its nice if you have other things planned around noon. My brother and I made it up in about an hour and spent an hour on top exploring little trails that lead to the edges of the mountain to take some photos. Then we came back down and it took us about 40-50min. It hasn't rained in a few days so the terrain wasn't as slick as everyone makes it out to be... If it rained I can kinda see how it could be slippery.. But it's definitely doable even in the rain.
It's worth the view on top (:

This trail is a nice hike for those looking for a little less intensity. Views are definitely beautiful, but compared to other hikes in the area not breathtaking. When we went, it didn’t get super muddy until the picnic table area.

surfing
14 days ago

Beautiful beach, path is pretty straight forward just really steep. You’d be able to bring a surf board & other beach items as long as it hasn’t recently rained.

The hike is technically off limits but lots of people are still doing it. The entrance I used was to the right of the stone wall (if you’re looking at the falls) and past the green fence. You’ll have to hop the guardrail and you’ll see a brown sign that says Danger. It was pretty doable until I got to the last red rope. It was extremely slippery and I lost my footing but thankfully was able to hold onto the rope (wear hiking shoes, sneakers didn’t cut it!). Just go slow and be mindful with each step. You can get up close to the waterfall and even go behind it if you’re willing to get soaked. I went around 11am and saw double rainbows. It was so beautiful.

TRAILHEAD: Alright, go to the lookout, and to the LEFT of the green fence, there is another fence saying this trail is closed, dangerous, etc. So that's the trailhead, it's nice of them to indicate it - just jump the fence. And be careful.

Probably the best hike around there - great view all along the way! Can get muddy, so don't be that stupid person getting stuck and needing rescue. Not a hard trail at all, but don't go when it rains (anyway, you wouldn't get a good view). Assume that it will be slick/slippery/muddy and prepare accordingly. Now, with that being said, be careful and all, but it's by no mean an "extreme" hike. People here saying it's the worse they have ever done really need to calm down (or go hike some real hard ones).. Also, the worse spots were ALWAYS where slipping wouldn't be such a big deal (aka not on those narrow ridges). Finally, despite being "closed", the trail is clearly maintained. Still, just don't be that person falling off the cliff...cause you'd have a bad day.

hiking
16 days ago

Did this camping near the river at the end. It takes about 2 hours to reach, and 2 hours out. The trail wasn't so hard, but I suppose it can get muddy if there was a lot of rain. The views are nice along the way, and the campground seems to be often empty, which is nice. But a lot of mosquitoes.
Parking wasn't clear - you park by the side of the road.

Also, camped down there to do the two extra trails on the river (north and south), I'd say skip that and make it just a day hike to the river and back (see reviews why). And if you want more, go south!

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