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Great little trail. Beach is beautiful and not very crowded. Short hike down hill on the way there. A bit muddy, but possible for all ages at a steady pace.
Keep in mind when going to the rocks, that when the tide is high, the water is over them and not safe to travel. Be sure not to be over there when the tide comes in. Safety first.

It’s more of a walk as others have stated. There is a $10.00 entrance fee. There are times parking can be challenging because it gets crowded. If you can wait it out, the breathtaking views and picturesque background is completely worth the $10.00.

Nice scenic waterfalls and River views, but lots of downed trees to dodge and difficult without proper footwear due to mud.

We could not get to it. It has signs on Ohiki road saying “local traffic only” this means it is not open for tourists. I’m not sure if everyone else just ignored the signs or it wasn’t there before but we decided to respect that and turned around.

Tried going today (12/7) and the entrance gate is locked. Heard of others hopping the fence to go out but did not attempt.

hiking
7 days ago

Good workout. Didn’t make it all the way up, because of time. There’s a scenic lookout about 1.75mi into the trail, which gives you a good overview across the bay. First portion of the trail is muddy but it gets better the further you’re in. I recommend it for some good sport activity, but I’m sure there are better scenic hikes.

Pretty muddy for first two miles. I was glad I had a trekking pole with me, but I was just wearing cross training shoes and didn't fall on my backside. Trail was relatively easy until you get to Nounou West trail, then it gets harder to the top. The trails were well marked, despite lots of mud/tree debris covering the trail. The views were very nice from the top and during the hike; good variety of trees and plants.

Lots of fun with some great views. But beware of this trail can become extremely slippery if it has rained. The trail was muddy and it had not rained in two days.

Trail has awesome vieles, the swamp is so beautiful, very unique. Trail is very muddy, put on good shoes.

hiking
14 days ago

This hike was tough because of how slippery and muddy it was. The weather in the winter is just unpredictable but it was simply epic... go to the end, even if it’s a bit scary.

Wear hiking shoes or trail runners ... some people were wearing crappy running shoes and were sliding all over. One couple was barefoot and that seemed way better than bad shoes.

But the view from the edge is insane. The clouds would roll in for a few minutes and then open up to see the Napali Coast.

We really wanted to do the Kalalau trail but it’s closed. This was the next best for sure!

When going to Secret Beach on Kauai, ensure that when you get down to the bottom of the trail and you see the winding river on the beach, that you go left and go all the way down to the rocks at the left. There you will find your own little tidal Pool and beach bubble bath. Melissa and I were lucky enough to have it to ourselves for an hour. Most of the other crowds just went to the beach right off of the trail and didn’t even know about this little oasis. There is a lot to discover on Kauai.

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May 2018- such a unique, otherworldly hike. We started at 730 AM and it took us just under 5.5 hours total. It was pretty muddy in sections. Some of the boardwalk section was damaged so definitely wear good hiking shoes. We saw nothing but fog at the end, but it was still 100% worth it! A must do.

April 2018- Favorite trail I’ve ever done. So lush and green with such diverse plants & flowers. There were birds chirping away. The Moalepe connecting trail was also amazing and had a strong eucalyptus smell. Felt safe compared to other trails in the area and not too difficult! Highly recommend. Took us 3 hours.

Can be tricky in some parts but we saw children and adults in sandals completing the hike-take your time and you should be ok. Really enjoyed it! That being said, if it had been raining I would have avoided this hike that day.

Great views of the beautiful valley on this easy hike. You can either stop at the rest area or walk to the end of the trail (at the small wooden bridge), no need to go further.

Great short hike through a beautiful rain forest to this cute little waterfall (the second one), perfect for swimming and hanging out.

Awesome trail ! Pictures don’t even do this hike justice, best kept secret in Kauai! Don’t go on a cloudy day, wait for a clear day to really see the amazing terrain and helicopters flying BELOW you!

The view is spectacular !

hiking
17 days ago

This hike was pretty incredible. I highly recommend it but know that it's a little tricky in some spots. It was definitely slippery when we went. Trekking poles are highly recommended and just take your time. The views were amazing throughout the entire hike.

hiking
18 days ago

Epic hike. Definitely a little scary as many points on hike you are on step away from falling off a cliff. Take your time and it’s worth it!

this was a muddy mess sat first but I sort of owned it as a badge of honor after awhile. my hiking poles were essential for this as they kept me from falling several times... especially on the way back. the top was priceless. the 360 views are unexplainable and literally just have to be experienced. I was in awe as I crossed the Giants face. 5 mi RT but mud had to make it worth more⛰️

Not a hike. More like a walk through a wildlife refuge. There is great information about local birds, which my kids and family are really into! A lovely stroll. Yes, there is an entrance fee but you are supporting national parks!

This is an amazing trail, so glad I did it. One of the top hikes i’ve done in awhile. Though short, impressive and beautiful views throughout the hike, so much to see. I saw the warnings about using this trail at the information center about not risking it and somebody had fallen and had to be rescued as previous reviewer said. The trail is completely manageable, first 15 minutes is steepish, use caution especially when muddy and wet, can get slippery going downhill. wear hiking boots and you’re fine. Like others said on here trust and use your judgement and you’ll be fine. It’s a good sweat at times, Never felt like I was in danger, this trail may fry a few nerves for those who don’t hike often.

Amazing hike. Put on good shoes and go early. We had a view at the end and were lucky because it is often cloudy. Even the swamp part is beautiful !

trail running
20 days ago

Amazing views at the end but it was INCREDIBLY muddy and wet for a large portion of it—the the point that you would go mid shin deep in mud . Went out hoping to trail run and it was too slippery and muddy for that so did run/hiking.

Great Hike. You need to start early or the clouds move in and block the view at the end. There are no bugs and it is just a unique experience that I haven’t had anywhere else.

The hike is short and fun, steep and slippery (if it rains) but the beach is incredible. It’s secluded, with tidepools to splash in for weaker swimmers, killer waves for surfers, and a small cave if you want to bring some friends and build a fire. There’s a dramatic view of Kilauea lighthouse that sets the scene for a relaxing day at the beach.

I'm writing this as a warning -- I was going to do this trail, but today when we visited the museum nearby, there was a sign up warning visitors about this trail. Please be aware that this trail is NOT meant for hiking and isn't kept as a hiking trail; a lot of it is overgrown and it's hard to see where you could fall through. Someone fell just last week and had to be rescued.

Basically, although people may say it's worth it, just be smart. There are plenty of other amazing trails in this park.

hiking
27 days ago

Best bang for your buck on napali coast views

Super muddy but well worth it. Most of these reviews will cover what to expect (views, cliff, climbing). Definitely worth the struggle.

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