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Awesome! Just do it!

11 hours ago

Absolutely worth the trek! I went down in bare feet and up wit shoes on - it is extremely slippery and very steep. Also, you can get ticketed and fined as the trail is marked closed - do not enter. If you are feeling ballsy then go for it - the views at the end are amazingly ng and the falls are a nice treat to cool off before heading back up. Warning - ropes are NOT stable and can break at any moment so try not to use the rope for leverage.

hiking
15 hours ago

Easy hike to pretty beach in a protected cove. Nice snorkeling but super shallow, which makes it difficult. Don’t walk in the coral ! About 20 people here - not crowded. Designated Trail parking spots at sea lodge 1 building. Trail starts there.

Not really a hike but it is steep and huge roots and ruts on the trail. Beautiful beach not too crowded but it’s getting more traffic of late, boo! Very high tide so not so great for swimming.

Very steep in beginning, but worth it

Not a hike, but a beautiful beach with calmer waters and a lifeguard too! Clear waters and worth a swim.

hiking
2 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

Not a hike at all, but great views!!

hiking
2 days ago

My son and I had not originally planned on doing this trail. We started with the Awaawapuhi Trail. While admiring the amazing views at the end, another hiker told us that as good as these views were, those at the end of the Nualolo were better. We took the connector trail to decide for ourselves. He was right. The views were incredible, but it came with a price. Soaring sandstone cliffs jut out at impossible angles to the sea thousands of feet below. Punishing winds rip sand across the landscape while helicopters fly past. This hike was extremely hard. While the way out was fine, the hike back (which made our total hike 11 miles) was mostly uphill and very tough. At times shade is sparse as well. We forced ourselves to stop often to rest and drink lots of water as it was the heat of the day. In the end, this may have been the most spectacular hike we've ever done. It was definitely the hardest. Had we planned to do this hike, we would have done it the opposite direction we did. Many people said we were nuts for doing it the way we did. I don't disagree. Also, since we started at a different trailhead, we successfully hitched a ride from the Museum Shop back to our car.

This trail is well-maintained, easy to follow, and offers beautiful views. When we hiked this morning there was plenty of mist that kept us cooled off. The entire trail was muddy but with a walking stick it was completely manageable. Highly recommended.

trail running
3 days ago

Mostly shaded and very wet and muddy after some rain. Agree with Albert about turning at 1.75 mile marker although I found the views to be pretty decent, especially after the bench.

I ended up bailing just before the second roped descent as the views didn’t look as though they’d improve.

After you get back have a wash in the stream - take a left after the bridge and a few 100m down the bank there’s an easy place to jump in and wash your legs and shoes.

Would love to come back on a drier day and try and push to the actual summit beyond this trail.

Easy hike with a beautiful Sandy Beach at the end.

Not worth going for the hike (short distance very slippery walk down and back up), but definitely worth going for the beach. Small beach with beautiful views and great snorkelling. Will go back if in north Kauai again!

hiking
8 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
8 days ago

Amazing scenery

hiking
8 days ago

Less traffic than Awa with a few more steep sections. Overall I’d call the terrain intermediate. Most of the trail is shaded in the trees without view but the last 1/4 makes up for it the monotony of the beginning. The trail “ended” at the overlook with a metal guardrail but the trail continues another 1/2 mile (or as far as you feel safe).

hiking
9 days ago

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

I didn’t do the hike. Saw a group of 6 arguing with the police and getting ticketed at the top of the trail.

Nice walk to a quiet beach. Dry track the day we came down so easy walk, not too slippery. The surf was quite rough, a few people brave enough for a swim, not sure if that is the norm or if it was just a rough day? Beautiful beach with views to the lighthouse.

rock climbing
10 days ago

It has been very rainy and after watching many people approach the trail and head back, we went for it anyway (much to my anxious hubby’s dismay!) The trek down was slippery and harrowing, but the breathtaking prize at the bottom was worth every mud encrusted fingernail!
Be brave, you only live once and this journey made me teary-eyed at the beauty and the simple strength of the human spirit to do those things which others only dream of! Mahalo!

hiking
10 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.

hiking
12 days ago

Un très beau trail le début dans la forêt est agréable quant à la fin elle est splendide la vue sur la Napali Cost ...
Il ne faut pas avoir trop le vertige sur la fin....

paddle sports
13 days ago

The river is an interesting trek. You can take a boat tour (boring) or kayak/paddle up the river (much more fun). The Falls are cool as well as the Fern grotto.

hiking
13 days ago

it was great bring bathing suit

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.

14 days ago

Very steep and slippery when muddy. Worth the short trek down, small beach but quaint.

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.

hiking
15 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!

Worth the short hike to a very pretty beach without a lot of people. The hike definitely could be a little slippery when wet.

hiking
16 days ago

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

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