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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.

Awesome day of hiking today. There’s even a small cave to explore. The tortoises were a nice bonus as well. The views... well words can’t express it. You have to see it for yourself!!

This is a GORGEOUS hike!!! The views are outstanding. Like others have said, keep going after the picnic table. 360 degrees of views. There is mud and some scrambling, but bring one of the discarded walking sticks left by previous hikers to aid you a long the way.

This is hike hosts my favorite views in Kaua’i!

If you are in Kaua’i this is a must see. If you can get here slightly before sunrise this will be one of the best memories you take home with you.

It’s an easy walk but if you go far enough it can be good exercise. There are multiple trails leading to the same place. Many people jog it as well but you miss some of the views on the jogging trail. Not easy enough for those who can’t go up hill around rocks when necessary but good for adults and children.

Loved the views and the hike. Great hike !

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

The view at the bottom of the falls is definitely worth the short but very slippery hike. This hike can be potentially dangerous in rainy conditions. If you are not an experienced hiker, don’t want to get muddy, or are not in the best of shape I would not recommend this hike. Technically they have the trail fenced off with numerous postings of ‘trail closings’, but if you really want to experience the essence and power of the falls, you need to trek down to the base of the falls because the overgrown lookout point doesn’t even do the falls justice. If you attempt this hike, make sure you are extremely sure footed and you know your skill level.

Awesome hike, kids would love it too(8 and above). We saw lots of turtles along the beautiful coastline. Not too long and not very strenuous, a must if on Kauai.

Very muddy, but definitely worth the view of Hanalei.

Amazing views along the trail, ocean breeze and all types of terrain to hike along. Easy with the right shoes and lots if water if course. Great way to spend the day.

Love this hike. Fairly simple, but due to heat and humidity it gives mainlanders a good workout. I did work my way out to the sketchiest points of this hike, with its shear cliff drops. It’s very doable, just be smart and slow! Several people have fallen from this spot. So know your abilities, limitations and respect this giant!

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!

Quick and easy hike if you have microspikes/crampons. Park at the end of the road. Follow the fence until there is an opening. from there, you can hug the fence from the inside going left, where you will eventually see the start to the trail (this is the way we came back up). Another way down (this is what we did) was following the path you see once the fence opens up. The hike down is quick, maybe 15 minutes. Some ropes to help you out, but focus on grabbing hard roots. I swam around the waterfall, but fair warning rocks are slippery so go slow, and ideally wear water shoes (switch into them when you are at the water). You can also get behind the waterfall. amazing. Spotted several rainbows while hanging out near the waterfall for a good 45 minutes. Today saw about 10-12 people in multiple groups coming in and out of the bottom. Not sure why this trail is marked closed. Must do!

It’s somewhere between easy and moderate. You don’t need hiking boots but you should wear shoes and not sandals. The path has some inclines and declines (not difficult), and part of it is alongside the golf course. The challenge for us was where the side brush was so overgrown, it was hard to see the trail. That part lasted a quarter mile, so we were beginning to wonder if it would stay like that the rest of the hike.

Beyond that, there were several lookout spots to get great pictures. Overall, a fun walk.

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27 days ago

Muddy but worth it !

In my opinion, this is the 3rd best hike in Kauai! Not too bad getting to the picnic tables. Most people thought that the picnic tables was the summit - or the end of the hike. To get to the summit, you have to keep going past the picnic tables. This part is why the trail is labeled “difficult “ and not “moderate”. The view is spectacular.

The hike up the sleeping giant was amazing! Initially it can get very humid under the cover of the canopy, but becomes very exposed further on the ridge so remember sun block. There is a short “scramble” after the picnic area, which is not difficult at all. Many people like to hang out along the sketchy ridge of rocks, because of the beautiful view but if you keep following the trail up the ridge to the right you you’ll get views inland, with less folks and flat open landing area to stand/sit/eat/take pictures. A must do in Kauai, bring water, sun block, snacks and stay on the marked trails and you’ll have an amazing experience!

Enjoyable hike. Last 1/4 of trail is tough, especially if wet and especially on the return. If you don't want to get muddy, this trail isn't for you. Hiking to the power line tower or to the benches at the half way point is moderate hiking level. After that, there is some harder hiking in store. Hope to do it again when it isn't wet. Not sure when that would be

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

There are three different ways to hit this trail, and the longest and most interesting (and muddy) is off Kuamo’o by the horses (just past Opaekaa Falls). The shortest and second favorite is off Lokelani in the Wailua Homesteads. My least favorite is from sea level, through the Wailua Houselots simply because you’re in full sun the whole way and it can get really hot.

This is a fabulous trail, relatively easy, with spectacular views. My only recommendation is to forego walking on the “neck/head of the giant” as the trail is super narrow and the drops are shear. We have lost a few along this section (past the picnic tables) and it’s devastating.

Great hike and a regular/staple on my “to do” list.

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1 month ago

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.

Nice trail. Beautiful views—go all the way to the end! Need shoes with traction as it is slippery in parts even though it hasn’t rained in a few days.

Best to do this trail when it’s dry. Can get very muddy in wet conditions. Some rock scaling at the end but not too bad if you’re in decent shape. The views at the top are definitely worth it.

Nice short hike. Great views at the end. Muddy but could have been much worse if it were raining. Very few people at on the way up at about 2pm, packed on the way down.

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

Nice hike! Perfect if you only need to fill a few hours. It certainly wasn't difficult but then again it was perfectly dry when I went so a muddy wet trail would definitely make it more difficult.

If ever in Kauai take this hike for one reason... incredible ocean views from the hikes peak.. Level of skill is rated appropriately (moderate). The lack of elevation is surprising thinking you achieved higher. Two or three spots along the moderately groomed trail where you are actually rock climbing a 5’ wall. the rewards on the peak are well worth your sweat from both the task of the trail and humidity. Trail is extremely popular on weekends

Same as Okolehao Trail. Should combine the two.

hiking
1 month ago

This is also called the Hihimanu Ridge hike

If you want an easy hike this probably isn’t the hike for you. However if you want a challenging hike that has some technical parts to it this is the one. The chair is about 1 mile up the hike to get to the peak is about two hours up from the chair. Total time to hike from bottom to top anywhere from three hoursAnd up

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