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Koke'e State Park offers commanding views of the lush, amphitheater-headed Kalalau Valley from 4000 feet elevation. Wildland picnicking, tent camping and lodging. Hiking in native rain forest and along rim of Waimea Canyon; additional trails in neighboring forest reserves. Excellent area for observation of native plants, forest birds and insects. Seasonal plum picking and trout fishing. Pig hunting in public hunting area.

Was on the easy side of moderate rained about 1/2 of the hike can be slippery in spots so be prepared to get muddy

beautiful trail with some parts to get your heart pumping haha.

17 hours ago

Super muddy but well worth it. Most of these reviews will cover what to expect (views, cliff, climbing). Definitely worth the struggle.

Best hike in Kauai!!! Be carful and wear appropriate shoes. It’s quite hard because slippery. The view is the best.

I suggest to do just the Canyon trail and back. The view is great and the trail is fun. The Black pipe is not worth it at all.

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1 day ago

Unbelievable hike. The views never end and every corner you turn, it's keeps getting better. The finale overlooking the ocean is truly special. A bit muddy as you're weaving through some wooded areas, but well worth it. This one takes some beating, anywhere in the world!

We did this hike with a toddler in a backpack.

We did not have 4WD so had to walk along the muddy road to get to the trail head. No biggie... just make sure to allow for time.

A good portion of the trail is covered. Quite open and very hot closer to the top.

Great views and some cool little spots for the nugget to explore.

Got caught in heavy rain on the way back on the road. I imagine parts of this trail would be very slick when wet.

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2 days ago

Me and my wife did this hike today!!! EPIC!!! Don’t let the rain fool you. Once you get out on the ridge, the clouds cleared up and we saw some of the best views. This hike is definitely doable... but it is very slippery. I would definitely recommend wearing hiking boots. This is the best hike in the park! The end of it is pretty sketchy, especially because it was wet. Just go slow and use your judgment. I will definitely do this one again!!!

Well traveled trail. Great views from the top. If you don’t want to deal with the slippery first half of the trail, bypass the original trail head and stop at the next intersection up the road. It’s a 4X4 road that takes you to the midway point on the canyon trail. There are other trails off the 4X4 road but they are all marked.

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3 days ago

Excellent trail. Nearly all downhill en route to the end views and therefore entirely uphill heading back. Varying jungle forests and lots of roots to climb over but the views at the end are dramatic and worth it. Nā Pali coast views never let you down, so keep going even down to the dangerous precipice.

Incredible views! Going down is pretty easy when it's not too muddy. Going back is all uphill and slippery when wet.

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5 days ago

Awesome! Not the best trail I've ever hiked, but this thing packs so much raw exposure and scenery into such a short distance that it might be the best value per linear foot I've experienced. Even clouded in, this is an incredible experience.

Great views of the North Coast accompany the easy trails at the beginning of this hike. The views soon are covered by the jungle that you will be scrambling through. Muddy hills provide exciting, at times challenging, hiking but after less than a mile of scrambling, you'll come across boardwalks which provide easy trails once again.

The boardwalks carry you through the jungle and across the bog to a lookout point which was unfortunately thick with fog. The journey was definitely worth the time, the view would have just been the cherry.

Highly recommended to moderate hikers in sturdy sandals or shoes that can handle some mud.

Me and my girlfriend did this trail today, and it was fantastic. Some of the best views we've ever seen. A couple quick tips to help you plan for the hike:

First, getting there: go to the kalalau lookout and park in the normal parking lot. You'll walk up to the view surrounded by a green fence. When looking at the valley, on your far left there is a gate that has a small latch that can be opened. Go through this gate and you're on your way.

Second, difficulty: I'll start by saying that if this wasn't on a ridge it would probably be rated moderate. What makes it hard is the narrowness of the trail and the fact that there is steep ridge immediately to your right. Don't let this stop you, as it is easily manageable and views are breathtaking.

There are several lookout points along the way. As early as 10 minutes in, you'll want to stop and take a picture.

The ridge line will pucker you right up.

11 days ago

We started at 11:00 am ish. Got to the river at 12:25. Rested there for a hour, then went back up. Ascent took 1 hour 39 minutes. We are a fit couple and we found this to be a challenge. Like idiots we left our water purifier and camelbacks at home. Boy they would have made this trek a bit less strenuous. The hike to the river is an accomplishment, not a new vista. You get that going down. Some very steep and muddy sections made the descent more difficult than others I have hiked. All in all a fun hike for those looking to be challenged.

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11 days ago

So rewarding. The trail is not as hard as they lead you to believe but I can see it being more difficult for those who don't hike regularly. We hiked this trail and the Nu'alolo trail. Both incredible but would probably recommend this one because the views of Kalalau Valley are unmatched.

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11 days ago

Decent hike, mostly shaded, great views at the end. Slippery and strenuous, took approx 4 hours with a short break at the turnaround. Popular trail, get there early and hike with pono.

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13 days ago

Get there early as the lot fills up quick. Overall, an amazing hike. The trail is mainly wooded with slippery mud and exposed roots. However, the view at the end is amazing - haven’t experienced anything like that before. Make sure to go past the lookout point for an even better view if you’re not scared of heights. Glad I did this. Took 3 hours 45 minutes with a 30 minute stop at the end.

Nice hike but views are best at the lookout of cliff edge portion near the falls.

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13 days ago

Go early for parking but great hike.

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15 days ago

Amazing hike, one of the best I’ve ever done. Outstanding views, great workout, plenty of exposure to keep you on your toes. A must if visiting Kauai.

Absolutely gorgeous hike! The hike out is easy and mostly downhill so the hike back is more challenging. The view at the end is worth every bit of huffing and puffing on the way back. I would not go past the rail line if it has been raining recently, it can be very dangerous.

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19 days ago

Very beautiful shaded trail through the rainforest. Lots of roots and some parts do get slippery. Took my wife and I four hours (including lunch at the view) carrying our toddler in a hiking backpack, getting to the view was easy, paid for the view on the way back. Hiking poles were definitely appreciated on the ascent back. Recommend to get there early as the parking lot was half full by 7:30am.

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19 days ago

Beautiful views of the Na Pali Coast. This trail tricks you, it’s a quick and easy walk down to the views. But if you can’t go uphill for 3.25 miles after already hiking for an hour don’t do this trail. It’s a sweaty, stair master hike. At the bottom there is a narrow and steep trail to the end point, it’s a trip! You don’t have to go to the very end to get incredible views, but if you’re not afraid of shear cliff drops you should make the trek down. Including time at the bottom, snack and catch my breath moments on the hike back up, this took me 3.5 hours (relatively good shape, slow uphill hiker).

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20 days ago

Muss auf der To Do Liste bei einem Aufenthalt in Kauai stehen! Noch nie vorher habe ich so etwas gesehen...

This hike is absolutely stunning. We had to be patient and wait for the clouds to roll out but when they did, oh baby! So beautiful and a fun, tricky hike with foot holds and mud. We loved it!

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20 days ago

TLDR: Big guy not in great shape was able to easily accomplish this beautiful hike - easily one of the true highlights of a Kauai vacation!

Alright let me start this out by saying WOW! What an amazing trail. And let me follow it up by suggesting that everyone who does attempt this use caution and common sense when approaching the trail. I am going to give some personal feedback based on the reviews I read on this site but that does not mean that my experience and others will be the same.

Allow me to point out that I am a middle aged 350+lb 6'2" guy. I have bad knees from years of retail and bad ankles from being too top heavy - but I also do a fair bit of hiking/walking and have recently been working on C25K, etc. So I would elect to say that I am in a fair bit better fitness than most people my size.

When my wife and I were planning hikes in Kauai for our trip this was one that clearly stood out to us. Being 1.9 miles out and back it was a trail we knew I could handle fitness wise - but based on all of the reviews I was very concerned if I would be able to handle the steep decline/inclines and was scared of how the ridge hiking would be. Ultimately - it was no big deal! I am glad people are warning caution but at the end of the day I never felt like this trail was too much.

In fact, I encourage people interested in this trail at all to give it a shot with these two things in mind:

Firstly, you will learn quickly what the descent/ascent is like (within the first .2 miles). If the first descent makes you feel overwhelmed that's a good sign you've gone far enough and should not keep going. This is as bad as it gets for steepness/slickness (we were very fortunate to get 98% dry hike!). There is one more very steep section after a campground but this early indicator would help someone concerned about this hike to make a decision.

Secondly, as you approach some of the narrow portions where there is a quick dropoff shortly to your right you can make an assessment if doing the last section is something you are comfortable with. One of the things I never saw anyone else mention was that you can do 70+% of this hike without the fear of the double cliff ridge line AND feel like you've seen amazing sights and experienced a great hike! But that being said, if you are willing and feel comfortable with the ridge hiking the final payoff is WELL worth it!

The return hike was definitely making me huff and puff but the entire thing was no more than moderate when taking it slow and easy. A mistake near the end would no doubt be bad but I never felt like I was at risk.

So please, give it a shot! Enjoy it! Be safe! Use poles to keep your balance!

This was a beautiful hike. However we went a day or so after it rained pretty hard and it was extremely muddy. That made this trail much more difficult. Without that it would not have been bad. There are a few steep climbs. The sad thing was when we reached the peak of the canyon the fog had rolled in and we couldn’t see anything. The waterfall at the end was worth it though.

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