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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.

1 day ago

Took our whole family, kids ages 9-17. While it is slippery and muddy, its a lot of fun. There are a few parts where the edges aren't for the faint of heart. The views are unmatched! Breezes are phenomenal, weather and be hit or miss. I've done this hike several times in sun and clouds. Get pics of the mountain goats!

2 days ago

It's difficult although it is amazing. We start around noon. There is no any others but three of us on the trail down and up. Two is early 50's and one teenage. There has few cover and I got sunburned on my shoulders. I would not hike down more than the tree lines if I had to do it again. I got bitten by mosquitos and out of water at last 0.5 mile (three bottles for two). 3 and half hours for two adults and 3 hours for teenage total. Good hiking boots, poles, plenty of water, really plenty.

Awesome views, short hike, not as hard as people say. Did it with my teenagers, we took plenty of time to enjoy the scenery, the trail is well maintained, make sure you make it to the end.

5 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

Amazing!!!! This is a really hard and strenuous hike but the views are so beautiful. We hiked to the river and there is a nice swimming hole. So beautiful

6 days ago

Great hike!! Second time ....first time rain and solid mud, today beautiful hike little mud and gorgeous view at the end!!

6 days ago

One of my all time favorites. Did this as part of the loop with a few other trails. A little sketchy in places, so be careful.

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.

It’s not an hike, but the view is amazing!

This trail was awsome! If you have fear of heights, it is pretty steep! The view is amazing all the way down! I suggest to wear hiking shoes! Go to the end, it’s really beautiful! You have to go to the end, it is rewarding!

I don’t think much of Hawaii’s idea of a “trail”. They scrape the vegetation off and let nature take its course; unchecked erosion results in gullies, steep sections and deep holes, all super slick with ankle deep mud bogs thrown in. Upside, I loved the various terrain and the swamp was beautiful. Some sections of boardwalk are being replaced, thank you YCC! I found this trail to be difficult because of the slick, steep sections and would not do it again. The views are amazing, glad I did it once.

Fun, easy walk through the woods, not many others on the trail, however no views on the walk either!

9 days ago

Spectacular views worth the steep climbs!

10 days ago

An amazing hike overall. The trip in is all downhill and pretty easy. We got there at 7:30 am and were the first in the lot. We went on a sunny day so had no mud. You can find walking sticks at the trailhead which are definitely helpful on the hike back. It’s about 3.1 Miles in. The hike in is great because you see so many “climates” (rain forest with a high canopy, grassland, desert rocks, and of course chickens). The views at the end are probably some of the most spectacular I’ve ever seen. We walked out past the gate to the end where the drops are a thousand feet on either side. SO STUNNING! The hike back was long as it is all uphill fortunately we got there early and were done prior to it getting too hot. Make sure to bring enough water for the trip back because it is why this hike is marked as moderate.

12 days ago

I chose this trail because I had time for only one hike and I read at some places that if I had time for just one, this is THE one. I honestly was a tad disappointed. But then again that may be because of factors (Like past experiences and expectations) personal to me - One - I did not like the fact that the entire hike back and forth was through a thick canopy of forest without any views at all - I might as well have been hiking in North Carolina (my home state). The view at the end was indeed spectacular but too less for so much of walking - Additionally it did not match up to the views we had the day before from the sea side (we had taken a boat to the coast).

So if you are happy with hiking 6 miles for just one view (which could depend on visibility based on weather), this might be the one for you.

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.

13 days ago

Beautiful trail with great views the whole way. My husband and I were slightly unsure about the steep drop offs but it is easy to avoid getting too close to them. The trip down was fairly easy but you do need to crouch and use your hands at certain points. The end of the trail was absolutely breathtaking! The trip back was much more of a workout with the steep inclines. Again, well worth it! If you are in shape and ready for amazing views, do not hesitate. I would say to wear proper footwear. We both wore trail running shoes and were fine. We did see a couple people walking barefoot and I'm not so sure how that went for them, as there was a lot of loose dirt and it's easy to lose some footing. The trailhead was unmarked, but easy to find with the directions after you locate the gate.

13 days ago

Beautiful views but intense. It was 2.5 miles straight down and then 2.5 up up and then up some more. We saw several goats and lots of birds, waterfall from afar. If I did this again I would hike down a mile or mile and a half then turn back. I work out 5 days a week and am in good shape, this was challenging for me.

13 days 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.

14 days ago

Started this hike around 9 am- very very dense fog throughout hike on pacific side. Occasionally fog would break long enough to steal a glimpse of valley but majority of hike was cloudy...EVEN after tracking through almost impassible mud spots ( kept things interesting and super hard to hike w/o slipping) to the summit/trail end! At the “top” our view was still unfortunately foggy toward the pacific side...we had (in my opinion) better views along the half way marks and I’m not sure I’d go this trail again. We had fun but only thing memorable was the abundance of mud and the views at the start of the hike once some of the fog burned off...

Fun hike with great scenic views with a waterfall to swim in at the end

16 days ago

This trail was fantastic! The entire way to the overlook is downhill, not too challenging but a bit muddy and slippery. The way back is entirely uphill and challenging, so make sure to stash more than half of water for the hike back to the car. The views are breathtaking at the end, and an amazing spot for some lunch. Make sure to start early so it’s not too muddy and before it gets too hot, especially for the hike back from the lookout.

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.

20 days ago

I did his trail two days ago with my husband. It has been our favorite trail here (especially with Napali Coast currently closed)!! We got there at 8am and there were a few cars there already. It was a clear day and was already 80 degrees. We wore lots of sunscreen and bug spray - there were muddy sections throughout the whole trail and I swear I could hear the low hum of insects nearly the whole time. We wore hiking shoes over hiking sandals, which we ended up being happy about. Definitely grab a walking stick - there were like 30 at the trailhead.

We got to the beautiful section in an hour as it was all downhill. The views were INCREDIBLE! I even conquered some fears and went out on the narrow ledge to get an even better view. We ate a bit and hung out for a while soaking it all in.

It took us about an hour and a half to get back, but we were trucking, treating it like a workout. It was not very pleasant haha. It will definitely take longer on the way back because it is all uphill and there will probably be lots of muddy sections. We also didn’t do the additional Nu’alolo Trail, so if you do that, you’ll have a longer hike (the split for this trail doesn’t happen until like mile 2.5 down).

Please don’t be the people who show up in flip flops and jeans, without any water at noon. This WILL be painful for you and you will slip and fall.

trail running
20 days ago

I did both trails.

Wear long sleeves, there is tons of really tall brush throughout the trail!

Also, bring lots of water because the Hawaiian humidity made me sweat like I was in a sauna. I have never sweat that much in my life.

I did the trails in 3 1/2 hours. I didn’t take any rest breaks, but I did pause to catch some viewz!!! I hitchhiked back to my car which definitely shaved off some time.

I didn’t find this trail to be that difficult, and it didn’t feel that long. It was a nice workout.

20 days ago

Stunning view at end. Downhill and gentle for 3 miles out and it was dry overall. Great to spend time out on the ridge and take in the birds, ocean far below and the Na’ Pali mountains. The hike back is hard work so be sure to fuel up.

Amazing hike with spectacular views. Many people on the hike told me not to go past the
warning sign when you get to the end, but this is a MUST. The hike really isn’t worth it if you don’t go to the very end. The warning sign is just a warning for the cliff, it is NOT a do not enter sign. It can get a little sketchy at the end with cliffs on both sides but just come excepting that. Also, like others have said, it can be very muddy at times. I wore chacos and did just fine, it made for an easy clean up too. Many people used hiking poles as well. The hike took me about 3 hours, which included 30 minuets of resting at the view, and a total of 6.5 miles.

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!

I did the Awa'awapuhi/Nu'alolo loop trail. This is definitely one of my all time best hikes. If you do the loop hike, I suggest starting at the Na'alolo trail, which I didn't, because you have to walk back on the main road, 2 miles, to your car, and it is much easier to go down than up. The hike was amazing, views were spectacular to say the least. As mentioned in other posts, you need to go out to the farthest point on the Awa'awapuhi trail to fully take in the views, with the Awa'awapuhi Valley on your right and the Nu'alolo Valley on your left. Just be aware, going out to the point, the trail isn't all that wide, steep drop offs on both sides and not a lot room for that many people. So use your own judgement and be safe. The Nu'alolo cliff trail, that connects the two trails is about 2 miles, easy hike, goes through a variety of different scenery, their is even a shelter and picnic table to take a break. The very last section up to the Nu'alolo trail is actually pretty steep.
Once you hit the Nu'alolo trail, it is .75 miles out to the lookout, but go beyond that for even better views of the Napali Coast and Nu'alolo Valley. Sat under a Pine tree, yes a Pine tree, for lunch, watched many of Kauai's state birds...Errrr the helicopters, flying over. I was lucky on this day, very little rain no wind and the sun was out for a good portion of the my hike. The climb back up the Nu'alolo trail, in my opinion, is steeper than the Awa'awapuhi trail. My total hike time, car to car was 6 hours, distance was around 13.7 miles. Make sure to take plenty of water, snacks, hat...Etc.... I also took a lightweight hooded jacket and a backup battery pack for my phone and GoPro. Last advice, don't wear you favorite pair of hiking shoes, because the trail can get very muddy and you will not get that red dirt out of them, this from experience, enjoy and have fun.

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