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

hiking
4 days ago

The reviews here a spot on. I'd recommend if it has been raining to do it a different day. The trail will be muddy and your climb out will not be fun along with damaging the trail. We wore shorts and short sleeve shirts, got scratched up a little but nothing too bad. It is overgrown but I prefer it that way sometimes, it cuts down on the crowds. The trail is well marked with colored tape in the trees. Views at the end are the best I found in Kauai. You can continue past the end waypoint on all trails but there is a lot of exposure so do so carefully.

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

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.

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.

hiking
12 days ago

This trail is not officially maintained. Much of it is between very pokey ferns and some is in woods. There is no view until the end. Not worth it. The Kalepa trail is much better for almost as good a view.

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

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...

19 days ago

The volunteers must have been through recently. The brambles were reasonably well cut back. Went after two days of heavy rain followed by an off day and did not encounter mud. It’s a spectacular view at the end and a good workout. Boots advisable and I was happy to have poles.

Just an easy breezy walk. Plenty of shade and pretty trees to look at. Great place for children to walk and get out.

walking
28 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

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.

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.

hiking
1 month 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.

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.

Very easy trail, my 7 year old really liked it!! You can wear hiking sandals or shoes, I wore shoes. Perfect distance for kids, not too steep of a climb!

Very nice hike, we took our, 6,9 and 12 year old granddaughters along with us and they didn't complain one bit. Their is definitely a couple of step sections and the actual area were to see the falls is a really small area, not more than 4 or 5 people, and be aware there are no railings, so be very cautious of your surrounds. Took us just a little over 2.5 hrs to complete. Take plenty of water and don't wear your favorite hiking shoes, they may get ruined if there is a lot of mud.

6/17/2018-Started around 0700 and encountered 23 groups/solo hikers. (Most of them we’re on their way in while we were on our way out.) The path has been improved in some sections since the last time we hiked out here (new concrete was poured) and overall weather was good. (Albeit not sunny, but overcast with a breeze.) There were a few semi-muddy sections but those were easy to navigate.

You really see the parts of the canyon you cant from the overlook. It takes you to the top of the falls seen from the Waimea Canyon Overlook. A couple cliffs here and there, but not bad enough someone afraid of heights couldn't make. Absolutely beautiful sights of the canyon from a unique side for a short hike.

hiking
2 months ago

Nothing wrong with the coordinates and the track. The trailhead is behind a farm. There are no signs. You have to look for an opening. Follow the track and it will take you to your destination. Just be aware you are crossing private farm lands. Parking is also a bit difficult. There are only 2 recordings and one is mine. The other takes you past Kaua all the way to Makakilo. Walk for 1.5 miles past a farm, heading towards the hill. Pu’u Kaua is quite prominent so you can head towards that general direction. Once you past a small towards the back, there will be an opening into the forest. Follow it and soon there will be old signs that tells you about the reserve. Also, it looks like there are quite a handful of people who completed the trail to Kaua.

I also uploaded a video of this hike and it can be viewed here ---> https://paulcpeh.wixsite.com/mysite/videos

If you go with a group like HTMC, they allow you to drive up to the trailhead without having to walk across the farmland. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PLmHJq7mq_Y

Great, easy trail with the family. Although you can't see the waterfalls in all their splendor at the top, the views of the valley from the falls are amazing. Additionally, think about taking a swimsuit to swim in the small swimming hole and feeder waterfall that is just off the main trail to the top of the falls. It is a beautiful little spot and an pretty easy way in/out.

It took us 2 hours round trip from the main road. It was a nice stroll to the top of the waterfall. We didn’t have issues with mosquitoes.

2 months ago

The coordinates are bad. Leads to no where!!

This trail was pretty family friendly! Footing is definitely good enough to baby wear. The end at the falls has some fun boulders to scramble, and the falls view is from the top/start of the fall. We did drive the 4x4 path in a Jeep, which cut the hike distance in half, and was a fun and convenient alternative considering we had just completed the Kalepa Ridge Hike, and the sunset was upon us! There are definitely some loose footing /crumbling dirt slide places but you are able to get far enough away from the cliffs edge to feel comfortable taking a tumble or sliding on your booty!

Went on this hike yesterday afternoon with my family. Highly recommend! If you have a four-wheel drive vehicle you can drive through some of the forested part to the hiking trail, otherwise plenty of people (like us) park just off the main road and hike the whole way. This hike features beautiful forest vegetation, some open summit views of the canyon area, and a gorgeous waterfall at the end. We went in dry conditions, I would not recommend doing this hike in wet/recent rain conditions as there are several areas of loose gravel and slopes that can become quite slick.

Enjoyed this hike!

Cannot get enough of Waimea Canyon

Loved this hike. Had lots of ups and down on the trail so it felt even paced! We went on a gorgeous sunny day and could see the whole canyon. We are not the most experienced hikers and didn’t have a problem on this trail.

One of my favorite hikes. Did it + Black Pipe with a 6 month old.

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