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trail running
3 days ago

With Views like this, why would you ever want to go back to Ohio? You n a side note, most off the trail is blacktop. Meaning, regular running shoes would be perfect! I ran in trail shoes.

This is hands down the best thing I’ve ever done. It took about 45 minutes each way and was fairly steep in some parts. The view at the end is absolutely spectacular as are the views on the walk there and back. We left at 7:30am and by the time we got back around 10am clouds were starting to roll in. Temperature was fine going out but starting to get hot on the return trip. I do not like heights and did find parts of this trail very scary however the friend I was walking with had no problems. Just take it slow if you’re feeling worried, the views are most definitely worth it.

Warm, bring water. decently difficult hike. Hike to top of huge waterfall. Able to get into a small fall. Was worth the hike, I recommend.

Wow wow wow. Wow. Wow wow wow wow wow wow wow.

This beats all of the other trails I’ve done in Hawaii in terms of views and in just 4km total.

You should absolutely do this. Take your big camera. Hell, just arrive here one morning and stay until sunset.

Very steep in beginning, but worth it

Best hike! You need to be fit. Unstable ground in some places. Saw women get air lifted out with broken ankle. No joke. We hiked when trail was nice and dry.

hiking
6 days ago

So beautiful! WeR shoes with spikes or you will be crab crawling down the first 1/2 mile. It is ver slippery even in dry conditions. Keep going all beat to the cliff but beware the trail is very narrow and sketchy in places. Not for those afraid of heights! Absolutely quiet and peaceful hike with final views of the Na Pali Coast - Amazing! PS - No flowers on the trail in August

Very nice hike down to pools and the top of the falls. I recommend driving down to the trailhead if you have 4 wheel drive. I met some nice gals for Germany and the Netherlands and we hiked together - fairly high traffic and you will slide if your shoes don’t have good traction or spikes. Enjoy!

Not a hike at all, but great views!!

Wonderful trail with something for everyone. We enjoyed the hike including the great scenic views and awesome reward at the end with the waterfall.

Definitely a must do if you are in Kaua’i! Good for all skill levels. Views are simply breathtaking !

hiking
12 days ago

One of the most beautiful trails I've ever done. This trail was definitely tricky, but not impossible. My 64 year old dad was able to do it without much issue (just needed to stop and rest a lot). To get here, drive all the way up to the Kalalau Lookout and go through the small gate on the left, right before the lookout spot. It starts with a decently steep downhill portion and then mostly evens out once you get to a clearing with some grass. The trail is pretty narrow, dropping to about 18in at some points with steep dropoffs at either side. When you get to the ridge there are portions with a lot of thick grasses/fern bushes on either side so wear long sleeves and pants if you want to avoid getting scratched up. If it has rained a lot recently I would NOT suggest this trail. This isn't one you want to slip and fall on.

Wear good shoes, stay aware of the trail conditions, get there early and you'll be fine.

hiking
13 days ago

The views are spectacular. Very muddy and slick when we went though.

Great moderate hike with a handful of slick areas and bits with loose sand. Just under four miles out and back, rewarded with great view of the canyon and a very chilly waterfall pool in which we took a quick swim with our 9- and 12-year old. Plenty of shade but water is a must - toughest stretch is the final third of a mile back to the parking lot.

hiking
14 days ago

Incredible views down the ridge. No trail markings on the trail. Use caution and where good shoes/boots. Do not attempt in rainy conditions.

This trail is amazing. It is worth the trip.
******please bring water and snacks*******
We completely forgot our water and snacks in the car. How do you just forget something like that you ask? Easy, we didn’t think we were going to go the distance. We met four angels on the way back who were gracious enough to give me an apple and a protein bar and two more who gave us water. If it had not been for those blessings I would not have made it out. If you ladies are reading this thank you and bless you. You were my blessing yesterday.
The trail is a long time down then a long time going up. It definitely works those thighs.

Really amazing hike. We are a not particularly fit family (14, 12 husband wife) and while it was amazing on the way down, it was difficult but not terrible on the way back. The heights are big but not bone chilling. As long as your are not irrationally scared of heights, it’s fine. Views are to die for. Really spectacular.

One of the most beautiful trails in the world (not a hyperbole). Stunningly beautiful - the mountains stumble into the ocean. Give yourself plenty of time to enjoy the beach and the waterfall. Imo, this isn't a trail that you rush in and out of; Savor every moment of this remote, rugged landscape. The lush jungle on one side and the blues of the ocean on the other - this is my favorite hike in Hawaii, maybe the world (at least so far!).

It’s a long, winding path to get up to the lookout but has rewarding, breathtaking views. Bring a jacket though if you’re up there near sunset. With higher elevation it gets chilly and windy.

Petit trail sympa la cascade a l’arrivée est belle. Les vues y sont magnifiques.

hiking
19 days ago

SPECTACULAR. One of the most magnificent views of any trail I have ever gone on. The clouds were present for the first 30 minutes but they eventually cleared and we were just awestruck. I am scared of heights and while several moments on the trail you have a steep drop off to the side, it is totally manageable. Make the time for this trek, if you don't do anything else while on Kauai!

A decent hike though you can bypass half of it with a 4 wheel drive vehicle. The end of the hike is awesome and totally worth it. The waterfall is cool but the views along the slope just before are really grand. I strongly suggest bringing trekking poles since the incline going down the sandy smooth ridge hits 45 degrees and if there is even a little bit of rain I can see sliding all the way down...

hiking
20 days ago

extremely beautifull and exciting trail!! extatic panoramic views and breathtaking scenaries!! also adrenaline-pumping trail on the top-line of the mountain.

hiking
21 days ago

This is a quick stop offering a spectacular view of the Canyon and its contrasts. Its a short but steep walk up the paved trail. Great for selfies =)

Spectacular views !! Ideal for panoramic pictures especially if you reach the end of the trail !! Although, I would not recommend if you are afraid of heights.

Beautiful, paradise hike in 2014 when I hiked to Hanakapi’ai Beach and then on to the Falls! Unbelievable views.

hiking
1 month ago

Took our whole family, kids ages 9-17. While it is slippery and muddy, its a lot of fun. There are a few parts where the edges aren't for the faint of heart. The views are unmatched! Breezes are phenomenal, weather and be hit or miss. I've done this hike several times in sun and clouds. Get pics of the mountain goats!

Perfect combination of ocean (Napali Coast) views and stream crossings with an amazingly beautiful waterfall at the end. I was lucky regarding the weather. It took me about 5 hours in and out (including half hour stop to swim by the waterfall and replenish the calories). But I’d have done it faster if it weren’t for my not experienced friend hiking along. She fell on almost every stream crossing and was all bruised up at the end. So be aware that this isn’t a hike for unexperienced hikers or people who aren’t physically fit. There’s a lot of up and down and a little climbing on slippery rocks. It’s a moderate to advanced hike due to, also, the necessary weather knowledge and proper planning. When I was about 30 min to the end I saw a couple heading in with a baby on the carrier (about 6 months old). I hope they made it out safely since it had already begun to rain on top of the mountain and by the waterfall and the risk of flash flood was evident. Pack a lot of water (I finished up my 3 liters). At points, a walking stick might be helpful and cleats would be necessary in case of rain. It’s muddy and very slippery at many parts of the trail. I’d definitely go back!

The trail is wonderful and not very technical at all, but it is long (22 miles) and often very slippery. If you like long beautiful hikes this is the way to go. I would recommend to leave super early so you can make it back before dark. Take a Lifestraw with you to save dragging water with you. At the half way (11mile) mark, before turning around, make sure to dip in the creek - it is magical.

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome views, short hike, not as hard as people say. Did it with my teenagers, we took plenty of time to enjoy the scenery, the trail is well maintained, make sure you make it to the end.

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