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hiking
9 hours ago

BEWARE!! Steel spike sticking up on left side of trail! Literally pointy and sharp!

Trail is a challenge. Beach gets a fraction of sun.

Snorkeling proved to have only fish and the under toe is quite a struggle!

Clean beach. No shells

We lucked out with dry ground! It hadn’t rained for at least 4 days......maybe longer. That made for an easy day. The falls were gorgeous. Well worth the time. Follow the upper trail rather than the river to get to the second falls! Beautiful the whole way. Loved all of the plants too!

CRAZY MUDDY too slippery to continue had to turn around

Very muddy. I would say it is even unsafe. But on the way back we found shortcut way, we went just uphill through the forest and got to the backyard of one house. It was just next to the main road. I couldn't imagine to go back by this slippery mud. Be careful!

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

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
6 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.

crazy muddy. took three hours in and out with our six year old in tow. This trail isn't dangerous, but its in such poor shape it can hardly be called kid friendly. Sleeping Giant east was far easier because we weren't slogging through mud and crawling over trees the whole time. pass.

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

Really nice easy hike :) took around 40 minutes to get there. Follow the river you will see a path it almost not muddu a all !! We came back by the " real " trail, was fun too but muddier ;)

Super steep to get down to the beach but best snorkeling I’ve found on this side of the island so far. Super clear and not too choppy, saw about 6-7 sea turtles!

Loved the trail. Muddy and slippery.

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

surfing
12 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.

Super muddy but worth it!! So beautiful. Pretty steep and loose ground/grass for part of the way so make sure to wear sturdy shoes! There is A LOT of coral at the beach very clear for snorkeling but it is very shallow so if you’ve never gone before I wouldn’t recommend.

Super fun muddy hike!

Wouldn't really call it a hike but it's all downhill and since it always rains in the north it will be slippery. Go slow and you will be all right. Go early too as there isn't a lot of parking. Beach is gorgeous.

Beautiful scenery. Areas of the trail had many options and were not well marked. Recommend using the app to stay on track.

Easy hike with great views! Keep your eyes open for whales and lots of sea turtles swimming off the coast.

Easy but very muddy and slippery. The first waterfall has some great cliff diving spots but it is very narrow and you have to know where to jump. Luckily some very friendly locals led the way on where to jump and it was a great spot to swim and relax after a moderate day of hiking.

Trail closed, but can still stop to see the waterfall.

awesome beach. the children love it here. there are two different pools that were created for children. larger one had fish inside for snorkling and other is more for small infant and toddler. there after crabs in the rocks that kids Chase. there is a huge playground across the way that's still in the general area. kids love it and there is lots of shade on playground side. there is also a historical village remains and please kapu(keep out)!!! you can walk around it but show respect. certain areas are closed off!! it leads to the canoe entrance and wailue River. there is a page trail to follow if you have a stroller. also there is calling in the beach of you follow the sidewalk.

came here 12/25/28 with 2 adults a seven year old and an 18 month old. the trail was somewhat muddy due to rain. there are foot holds in the trail to help climb. give yourself time to accend and descend. there is some gate to hold onto. the rain came putting down while there and we had to leave. climb was better going back barefoot. the water and bare feet give more traction. go slow and have fun. it's worth it. it's nice and more surfers than beach goers. has a small Rivlet coming out of the land into sea that infants and children can play in.

I came to this trail with my family last week. today is 12/26/18. it's been raining off an on since we got here 12/19/18. this trail was awesome but difficult for my family. the trail is very slippery and muddy when wet, Mud up to your ankles. the family included 2 adults over 38, an eight year old and a 19 month old. it took us over 4 hours there and back. we took out time at each waterfall and exploring. we used the walking sticks left by previous walkers and still very difficult. it's actually very nice walking without shoes, you get more traction. prepare to be extremely muddy and workout if coming in winter months. had an awesome time and glad that we did it.

Just a beach, but beautiful and warm water!

A pretty easy hike and a beautiful beach.

Definitely do this hike. Both waterfalls are worth the trek. Plan for about a two hour outing.

The views are amazing. The hike can be difficult on certain paths but there are alternative paths for the less experienced hikers (aka me). We saw whales and sea turtles which only added to the experience.

Nice coastal walk. Several different paths to choose from and great views. Towards the end you have to walk right next to the golf course.

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