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This hike had the best view of almost any hike I have done. It is my favorite and the one I recommend to most People.the hike itself is nothing special. The view at the end is just ridiculously amazing!

1 day 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!

I got sick as soon as I got to the island and was still dealing with chest congestion when we did this hike. It was moderately demanding on the way out, but only because my lungs were heavy. Walk down til the green 6’ tall fence ends. Enter behind it and walk back towards the falls about 20 yards until you see a worn path with ropes. This is by far the easiest route in and out. There are other more difficult routes that will require a significant amount of climbing and upper body strength, but I would rate this route borderline moderate. I wore Vibrams and my fiancé wore water shoes. We had more issues with footing once we got to the falls than we did on the trek down. The short hike allowed me to cross one more thing off the bucket list. The falls were beautiful. The water was a bit murky and brisk, but very swimmable. Don’t get too close to the falls while in the water as the currents can pull a good swimmer under the falls. You can access the falls by either swimming across the left side of the lagoon or walking a rocky but manageable path around the left side of the lagoon. Don’t be tempted to walk across the giant log...jump over it and there is a narrow walking path behind it. Make sure you take something to protect you phone and camera or any other electronics. Anything you take in this area will get wet. As I stated before, take the same route out you took in. The ascent is much easier than the descent. Use the ropes and limbs to help stabilize yourself and tree roots and rocks for good footing. Enjoy your trip!

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.

5 days ago

It really is hard trail even though it doesnt seem like it in the beginning, its harder the way back because you go more up. But Its totally worth it, the view at the end is breathtaking!
As amateurs we had shorts and short sleeves on but we survived and it wasnt bad though if you can wear long pants at least do it

6 days ago

Be aware of the trail conditions before hiking down. It gets muddy and very slippery. Also pay attention to the surf. Rogue waves can sweep people out to sea at any time. It is a great spot to watch the sunset, but you have back up the trail in the dark, so be prepared.

6 days ago

Great hike!! Second time ....first time rain and solid mud, today beautiful hike little mud and gorgeous view at the end!!

7 days ago

One of my all time favorites. Did this as part of the loop with a few other trails. A little sketchy in places, so be careful.

AWESOME VIEWS! One of our best hikes ever. You get a good view of the canyon and then hike to a waterfall.

If you have 4WD, you can actually drive your car a good distance and cut the walking distance almost in half. If not you can park at the highway and walk the whole way.

Bring lots of water!!! Luckily the trail is mostly shaded but it still was pretty hot, especially since the way back is basically all uphill. I would give yourself a couple hours to do this trail, depending on how long you want to stay at the waterfall and how well you traverse a steep incline.

Again, we loved it! The views were breathtaking. Definitely recommend.

One of our favorite memories from Kauai! You hike to a beautiful coastline with a waterfall and then continue along the coastline to a beautiful natural swimming pool formed by the tide.

FYI: there are only about 8 parking spots at the trailhead. You can choose to wait in a line of cars waiting for your turn at the next open spot, or park far away and walk in. There is no parking on the street in the surrounding residential area.

Also we went after it rained and the trail was extremely muddy and slippery. Definitely wear good hiking shoes or water shoes, and be prepared to get your car filthy afterwards unless you brought something to wash off all the mud- there is no shower to wash off. As a result of the slipperiness, I wouldn’t recommend it for young children or elderly people (I actually fell on our hike!).

Also wear a swimsuit if you want to get in the bath!

Do it! It was so worth it and a great memory!!

It was a nice hike but you really have to follow the instructions on the way up! Bring a lot of water! It is really hot! It is way better if you have hiking shoes because it is really muddy sometimes! The view is really nice! You can see mountains, the sea and the town of Kapaa! It’s a 360 view! You have to make it to the top!

It’s not an hike, but the view is amazing!

This trail was awsome! If you have fear of heights, it is pretty steep! The view is amazing all the way down! I suggest to wear hiking shoes! Go to the end, it’s really beautiful! You have to go to the end, it is rewarding!

9 days ago

Fun short hike from the Princeville/Makai golf course area out to the “Queens Bath” cliffs and tide pools. Went on a sunny day and it was still pretty wet, muddy and slippery in the shady parts on the trail. I recommend wearing a bathing suit or bottoms and a top that can get wet/muddy and either plan to hike barefoot or bring sturdy water shoes or hiking boots. We hiked barefoot for lack of planning and I wouldn’t recommend it, especially down on the rocks around the tide pools. Plan on using your hands when hiking as there are some big steps at some points and much of the hike involves stepping over and between tree roots.

At the bottom of the hike you’ll find the tide pools, get a great view of the coast, watch turtles swim around and people jump off the rocks into the pools. If you walk past the first tide pool there are a few others where the water is calm and in the summer the waves crash hard enough to add water to the pools but not sweep over the top with a lot of force. Judging by the height of the location I’m guessing that it’s less accessible in the winter months when the surf and weather is much stronger.

It took us about 20 minutes to hike in (all downhill) and another 30-45 out. It is a heavily trafficked hike and parking could potentially be the biggest headache. There are only 20ish spots next to the trail head and no parking on the surrounding neighborhood streets. I highly recommend this short hike and swimming in the tide pools. Kids can do this, we saw plenty on the trail.

10 days ago

Spectacular views worth the steep climbs!

10 days ago

An amazing hike overall. The trip in is all downhill and pretty easy. We got there at 7:30 am and were the first in the lot. We went on a sunny day so had no mud. You can find walking sticks at the trailhead which are definitely helpful on the hike back. It’s about 3.1 Miles in. The hike in is great because you see so many “climates” (rain forest with a high canopy, grassland, desert rocks, and of course chickens). The views at the end are probably some of the most spectacular I’ve ever seen. We walked out past the gate to the end where the drops are a thousand feet on either side. SO STUNNING! The hike back was long as it is all uphill fortunately we got there early and were done prior to it getting too hot. Make sure to bring enough water for the trip back because it is why this hike is marked as moderate.

Beautiful views at the bath and a pretty waterfall on the way down. The hike is absolutely worth it, but I underestimated it with the short distance and moderate rating. I mistakenly thought flip flops would work since it's only about a half mile trek but hiking sandals would be ideal. It was so extremely muddy, I ended up going barefoot. If you can find a hiking stick I think it would be very helpful as it was slick and hard to find traction on the way down. There was also several people around which complicated things further. If it has recently rained, expect to come back with mud covered legs.

easy but fun hike to the top and for how short it is the views are absolutely awesome not to mention being along the ridgeline up top was a blast

12 days ago

I chose this trail because I had time for only one hike and I read at some places that if I had time for just one, this is THE one. I honestly was a tad disappointed. But then again that may be because of factors (Like past experiences and expectations) personal to me - One - I did not like the fact that the entire hike back and forth was through a thick canopy of forest without any views at all - I might as well have been hiking in North Carolina (my home state). The view at the end was indeed spectacular but too less for so much of walking - Additionally it did not match up to the views we had the day before from the sea side (we had taken a boat to the coast).

So if you are happy with hiking 6 miles for just one view (which could depend on visibility based on weather), this might be the one for you.

Great trail. Probably not the absolute best view of the canyon, but still has some great sites. Waterfall was worth the trip. We hiked this after hiking a ridge trail in koke'e park and it was very manageable. It does get a bit dicey in some parts so I would suggest good shoes. We wore trail runners and were fine, but there was some loose gravel/dirt close to some steep drop offs. There was a fair amount of people and you will most likely greet a few groups of people along the way. Overall it was a solid trail and I would agree with the moderate rating.

13 days ago

Beautiful trail with great views the whole way. My husband and I were slightly unsure about the steep drop offs but it is easy to avoid getting too close to them. The trip down was fairly easy but you do need to crouch and use your hands at certain points. The end of the trail was absolutely breathtaking! The trip back was much more of a workout with the steep inclines. Again, well worth it! If you are in shape and ready for amazing views, do not hesitate. I would say to wear proper footwear. We both wore trail running shoes and were fine. We did see a couple people walking barefoot and I'm not so sure how that went for them, as there was a lot of loose dirt and it's easy to lose some footing. The trailhead was unmarked, but easy to find with the directions after you locate the gate.

14 days ago

We live in Oahu and this was our first hike on Kauai. The last mile or so is breathtaking and worth the almost two miles of slogging through mud and brambles in the forest you have to do to get there. I find it hard to imagine getting better views of the Napoli coast from above anywhere else. If you go to the end (we stopped just short of the end) this is 6 miles round trip. The end marked on AllTrails is not the end.

My husband and I did this hike in the afternoon- we are most definitely amateur hikers. We were not intending to venture past “the infamous picnic tables” at the top but the weather was perfect! We decided to go as far as we felt comfortable and safe...as many of the previous reviews have said the little bit of scrambling you have to do to get to the top was not bad at all! We were so glad we decided to keep going! Just be aware that the “real estate” up there is pretty small so be aware of your surroundings- had it been raining I doubt we would have gone to the end.

14 days ago

This hike really isn't that bad. Jump the stone wall where it connects to the fence to the right when looking at the falls. Walk along the fence and pass by another fence until you reach the trail head where you will see a rope to know that you are on the right trail. Parts of the trail were slippery and steep, but plenty of roots to rely on! This hike is definitely worth the view of the falls! Take it at whatever pace you need to get down and you'll be fine! Going back up was a breeze. Don't miss out on this!

Low tides at its best for this amazing spot ! Loved it with our teenagers ! Be aware of some high waves, can be surprising !!

17 days ago

This trail was fantastic! The entire way to the overlook is downhill, not too challenging but a bit muddy and slippery. The way back is entirely uphill and challenging, so make sure to stash more than half of water for the hike back to the car. The views are breathtaking at the end, and an amazing spot for some lunch. Make sure to start early so it’s not too muddy and before it gets too hot, especially for the hike back from the lookout.

17 days ago

Not as hard and scary as I was expecting. I am by no means an experienced hiker. My wife and I weren’t sure if we were going to do it but we at least wanted to see the falls so we drove over there and parked. To get to the trail head, jump the rock guard rail/wall at the far right and then go 5 more yards to the right, you’ll see the opening. We decided to do it when we saw a couple kids come up wearing sandals and they said it wasn’t all that bad. It’s very wet, muddy, and slippery. If it were completely dry this would be a piece of cake. Just be prepared to slip, use the rope as a guide when available, and take your time placing your feet. If you do that, it won’t be bad at all. Views at the bottom are incredible.

Great hike! Only 0.8 miles to waterfall from actual trailhead. 1.6 from the main road. Drive all the way down to trailhead from main road if you have a 4 wheel drive vehicle. Stunning views of Waimea Canyon. The waterfall and pond was refreshing and picturesque. I would have to say this trail is heavily trafficked as opposed to lightly from what the app suggests. Have a great hike!

This trail was beautiful however parts were very slippery especially near the falls themselves. Watched a woman get airlifted out after falling and breaking her ankle. To be fair it did rain the night before so part of the trail were wet however the section where the lady fell was covered with red silt that was VERY slippery to walk down. Honestly I wouldn’t recommend it for kids just because that section was slippery and there are no barriers whatsoever. Everyone is accurate that it is beautiful and definitely worth trying it but just be mindful to tread carefully to avoid any accidents.

20 days ago

I did his trail two days ago with my husband. It has been our favorite trail here (especially with Napali Coast currently closed)!! We got there at 8am and there were a few cars there already. It was a clear day and was already 80 degrees. We wore lots of sunscreen and bug spray - there were muddy sections throughout the whole trail and I swear I could hear the low hum of insects nearly the whole time. We wore hiking shoes over hiking sandals, which we ended up being happy about. Definitely grab a walking stick - there were like 30 at the trailhead.

We got to the beautiful section in an hour as it was all downhill. The views were INCREDIBLE! I even conquered some fears and went out on the narrow ledge to get an even better view. We ate a bit and hung out for a while soaking it all in.

It took us about an hour and a half to get back, but we were trucking, treating it like a workout. It was not very pleasant haha. It will definitely take longer on the way back because it is all uphill and there will probably be lots of muddy sections. We also didn’t do the additional Nu’alolo Trail, so if you do that, you’ll have a longer hike (the split for this trail doesn’t happen until like mile 2.5 down).

Please don’t be the people who show up in flip flops and jeans, without any water at noon. This WILL be painful for you and you will slip and fall.

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