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This walk is definitely worth the hike down. My friend and I did it barefoot so we didn’t bust a plug in our thongs (flip flops) as it was a little boggy at the top. There’s several rock pools to swim in at the bottom. There’s only about 8 parks at the top so if you can, park elsewhere and walk to the entrance. We swam in one calm little rockpool and about 5 minutes later large waves started washing into it, so even if you’re experienced near the water, be sure to take care.

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.

hiking
2 days ago

We arrived on a rainy day and debated whether or not to attempt this trail. It was very muddy and the trail was in bad shape with clay-mud, roots and overuse. However we didn’t have to wait that long to get a parking space so we went for it and we are glad we did! Great reward at the end!

Short but pretty steep hike. Not too challenging, just have to use some concentration while walking. My brother (19) did this without shoes and was just fine. When you get down the trail, keep going left to find a really cool swimming hole. Would do this again!

Short but steep with a must experience ending. Slippery when wet, you will get muddy. only about 10parking spaces. Can park at the golf course free with $15 purchase at the pro shop and walk a quarter mile to the trail head.

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!

À must do if you are in the Princeville area! Prepare to get muddy feet. Beautiful views and rock jumping into the pools. The whole family loved it!

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.

Great hike going was easy and the snorkeling was amazing. Cool remains of an old village and lots of wildlife. Saw a school of Dolphins really close to shore.
The hike back up was a little strenuous but totally worth it.

With the recent storms parts of the trail are treacherous. There are some very muddy and slippery sections before the lava rock cliffs and an area just before you get to the cliffs is quite a scramble. The pools are neat and the view of the waves is incredibly beautiful; but the hike out, although short, is fairly difficult at this time.

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.

Excellent snorkeling ! Easy to go down but a little more challenging on the way back since it’s 100% uphill (on the way back) and very humid at this time of the year. I would give a 4 for the hike and a 5 for the snorkeling.

hiking
13 days ago

This was a fun little hike. It was super wet and muddy, but we had a great time. Adults and kids both were able to do it. Dont forget to keep exploring to the left after you get to the bottom. Loved that we were able to swim in it. Just make sure it is low tide.

14 days ago

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

The way down with proper shoes is fine. The snorkeling spot is fantastic even saw some dolphins. That being said we are pretty experienced hikers. We brought in 2.5L hydration packs and ate some granola bars down by the bay. I'm not sure if having a wet bathing suit on under our clothes or maybe dried salt on our skin, or even the Vog conditions, but I got really bad heat exhaustion on the hike back. You are basically walking up stairs that are made from loose gravel for about 1.5miles with no coverage whatsoever. The sun is just beating down on you and the UV index is considered extreme. We saw multiple people on the way back up in the same boat. Do not attempt the hike back up, during July/Aug btwn 12 and 3pm. I really can not stress this enough.

We were not dehydrated, we had plenty of water with us and we still experienced severe heat exhaustion. It took us 45mins to get down and over 90mins to get back out. There were a few trees around markers 5 and 4, they barely had any shade and they are covered in fire ants so you can't sit or lean. I honestly felt like we were in the hunger games and everything was trying to kill us. Again I'm from Florida and I live and hike in Colorado. I'm used to heat and high humidity. I hike in Colorado at much higher elevations and we are both in shape. We had done 6 other hikes in the past 3 weeks on Oahu and Kuawai that were double the distance and elevation gain with no issues. Be very careful attempting this hike in these conditions.

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

The hike is a fun sloppy mess to get down to the water. Trekking poles are a MUST! We kept laughing hearing people slip and land on their butts and yelp at the same time. Watching a stream of people navigate down this way was quite entertaining. Once you get down the waterfalls and of course the bath are simply awesome. The only problem? BIG SURF. Over 30 people have been swept out to their deaths. By sheer dumb luck we were there during low tide during the off season and even with this 4-6 foot swells were constantly coming in. The Queen's Bath is totally worth the time it takes to check tide tables. Enjoy!!

Beautiful short walk down to the Secret Beach. It wasn’t raining when we went and therefore wasn’t slippery at all. It’s steep but fairly easy when it’s not raining. The Beach is absolutely beautiful! We wanted to go snorkeling but the ocean was a bit rough at the time. We will definitely come here again!

Good spot to snorkel- we saw turtles 2/3 times we snorkelled!. The beach was a wee bit crowded! Reasonably easy path down with ropes in the steep areas.
Edit: We returned just the next day and after rain the trail became veeery difficult and slippery! Lucky there are roses to haul yourself up and down

hiking
18 days ago

The trek down is a little steep but there is a rail/rope most of the way down. Again, trekking poles make it a breeze. The beach is secluded and the surf gentle. Its a great spot for a nice sunset.

I agree with previous comments, it's not a real trail just a way to a magnificent beach. Snorkeling was very good there.

hiking
19 days ago

So incredible. Wear real hiking shoes. Bring a hiking stick. Prepare to get muddy!

Je ne comprends pas pourquoi cette randonnée est considérée comme modérée. Très touristique sûrement mais très facile. Une belle petite plage sans plus.

I would not consider this a hike, it is a path down to one of the best Beaches on the Island. The path can be quite tricky and is steep in parts so you need to watch your step. If you stay at kauaidreamer.com you will be located directly above Hideaways beach.

Major disclaimer: the "secret falls" are not so secret lol. This is a very popular tour destination. I decided to do stand up paddle boarding instead of kayaking, it was a perfect length for a beginner. The trees on the sides of the river make for super calm, pleasant conditions. The hike was quite crowded, even after a heavy rain that made the trail muddy; I did the trail barefoot and just hopped right into the mud. I had a blast, but this is definitely not the trail for those who don't want to get dirty. The falls were very pretty but nothing spectacular and there was a nice pool at the base to rinse off after the hike. This would be a good tour for a family, but might be too crowded/underwhelming for those who want something off the beaten path.

Beautiful hike and the waterfall. We went with the tour guide and kayaks, highly recommended to use both. Our teenagers and 10yr old loved it

Not sure what the excitement is about this trail. The water was muddy and I've seen better waterfalls and found this disappointing--along with the other 6 of us who were very hopeful. Definitely take the bug repellant and you can skip the swimming/rope into the water--too fast of water, not to mention it's not anywhere near clear, thus not safe to jump in since you wouldn't see what you are landing on. Take an extra pair of shoes for the return drive as you will get muddy.

This was a great snorkeling stop, but the hike proved to be challenging with the loose rock and uneven terrain. Bring lots of water!

hiking
1 month 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.

hiking
1 month ago

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!!

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