Explore the most popular birding trails in Koke'e State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

We started the hike in a misty cloud but it quickly cleared as we descended. The trail was extremely muddy and we slipped a few times. The view at the end was definitely worth the sweat and mud.

The trail provides nice views of the canyon. When you get to the end, you can scramble down some rocks to the cliff edge and peek down the waterfall.

awesome hike. this hike is my go to hike if I'm limited on time. This is where I take or recommend to my friends. Beautiful views with a small waterfall.

Very pretty enjoyable hike. The waterfall is gorgeous at the end. The trail was heavily trafficked on the Sunday we went.

Absolutely gorgeous! We started with cloudy and misty conditions in the morning but as we continued along the trail the clouds faded revealing the most beautiful breathtaking views! Totally worth it!

Great trail, but for a solid 1/3 of it you’re crawling down big hills on your hands and knees. Many roots which people have used to hold onto are broken/ripped, making it a bit more scared. Best advise- wear shoes with really good tread. I was sliding all over in trail runners.

A couple water crossings could use some better setup, otherwise a great hike!

Absolutely amazing! The drive up is beautiful, once you get to the lookout here’s a gap in the fence off to three left to enter the trail. Make sure to bring water, and good hiking shoes for traction as you’ll be traverse down steeper trails the whole way until you turn back. There’s a lot of spots with great views of the ridge, just make sure to watch your footing in certain places. The hike back is pretty much a stair master workout so be prepared with some water.

Give yourself sometime to take in the amazing views, we started in he late afternoon, before sunset, but we were so caught up on the beauty the hike back required the use of lights to see the way. All in all his hike is something you can’t pass up.

3 days ago

I'm planning to do this hike next week (15-20th). If anyone wants to join me send me an email at h0tr0dder_uk@yahoo.com - Pete

This has been on my list for a while. I finally came to Kauai with someone who wanted to hike it as well. I've been to the overlook at the Pihae trailhead many times before and could always tell the returning Alakai swamp crossers by the fact that they are covered with mud. Our trip was blessed in that the trail was mostly dry and the footing was always solid. While there were awesome views on the way, we were met with a solid cloud bank at the final overlook. We waited a half hour, then conceded to the clouds and headed back. It was amazing to walk through the highest swamp in the world.

This was an awesome hike but a little challenging. I was grateful for my walking sticks and good hiking boots. We were lucky that it was not so muddy compared to what I have read it to be. We knew the veiw at the end was a 50/50 shot and was disappointed that it was just a huge fog bank. There was plenty of views along the way to make up for it.

7 days ago

#1 AMAZING HIKE!!! My husband and I have hiked about 15 trails throughout Kauai, and this is one of the best! The hike was easy getting to the end which is spectacular views of the Waimea Canyon and the Napali Coast. Breathtaking is just the beginning of this view! The trip back - yikes! It’s all uphill and tough. My suggestion - start before 8:00 am. Relax and enjoy the view once you get there and save your water and energy for the hike back to your car. This is over a 6 mile hike and I would rate it a “moderate plus”.... because of the hike back. If you don’t do anything else....DO THIS HIKE!

I combined this with the Cliffs Trail. Both a high on the must do list especially if you have limited time. The views over the falls are with the effort. Both trails can be done pretty quickly. Add time to swim if desired.

Beautiful views, some parts can be tricky/technical but this trail is well worth the view at the end.

9 days ago

Amazing views at the end of the trail, definitely worth it. Some steep parts that aren't a problem if you take your time. Not as bad as we were expecting based on some of the reviews, we passed a couple people in sandals that made the hike.

10 days ago

Beautiful 6ish mile out and back - took us 2 hours 20 minutes.
Prepare to work on the way out it is mostly uphill.
The views at the lookout are quite impressive.

Beautiful but long hike. Bring water and food.

Great trail. a little steep at times. I saw some folks struggle with the up and down. I liked that there was up and down both ways so it never felt like a complete slog. great payoff where you end up standing on the top of huge waterfalls! I did this hike in flip flops with no real issue. it ended up kinda nice because I could just walk into the water. 10 out of 10 would recommend.

The views at the end are impressive, really worth it. Try to go early as there’s less people, and save energies for the way back.

Easy trail, fantastic views, definitely worth the walk! If you like heights, go out further on the cliffs! If you are climbing on all 4 you don’t have to be worried.

Good luck!

Great hike - the view from the edge is spectacular and the waterfall is kind of cool and refreshing. Some people swimming but water looked gross after the rain. Definitely recommend hiking shoes and water!

16 days ago

Amazing!!! Slippery and wet hiking down, but the last 50 yards are so worth it. The views open up and you see the ocean and the ridge line. If you’re afraid of heights, the walk down to the view platform area is a bit tenuous and walking further is not recommended. Strenuous hike back up so be prepared with water and some energy before starting.

Definitely more challenging when conditions are wet. We skidded and slipped a few times on descents. The cloudy day diminished the views from the canyon lookout but were still cool. Didn't make it all the way to the falls. Proper footwear (we had ankle height boots) were a must.

awesome app!!

18 days ago

Like everyone says this is an amazing hike, but it doesn’t come without a price. Although a short hike, it can get pretty muddy at times so be prepared to get dirty. You are also scrambling downhill for the majority of the hike to the viewpoint. There are times where you will have to grab onto whatever you can (grass, ferns, tree roots, etc.) to gain some footing. There are portions of the trail where there are ridges on both sides of you...it will definitely get your heart pumping. Epic views along several points on the trail. Once you come to the end, the 360 degree view of the coast and the cathedral ridges make it worth it!

19 days ago

Started on the trail at 7 am in a fog with light misty rain. There were only a few cars in the parking lot. As we started our descent 2 different groups turned around. We stayed on track because we have noticed in the short time on the island that the weather changes quickly. About 2 miles into the hike the weather improved. The result was a spectacular Vista at the end. It was wet and muddy bit you should not let anything stand in the way of an amazing hike.

Absolutely loved this trail! It has just the right amount of adventure, jungle madness, lack of traffic, and effort involved. All of this is punctuated by a payoff of an an excellent view of Hanalei Bay from a distance. When we went it rained almost non-stop which resulted in a muddy mess, but I'm pretty sure it's like this all the time. You definitely need hiking boots and a willingness to scramble up muddy walls and to slosh through puddles while traipsing through waist high weeds and overgrowth. If you're cool with that, you'll have a blast. This is one of my top 10 hikes worldwide.

Rather than the Out & Back we took the loop which allowed us to get away from the crowds on the main parts of the trail. Pretty good trail, and enjoyable, but not the best Kauai has to offer.

Just wow, I can’t believe places like this exist. The waterfalls are gorgeous and they fall in to such a beautiful canyon. Be careful at the end of the trail, it looks like it would be easy to slip and fall off the cliffs.

22 days ago

Jet lagged, I left the north shore at 5 AM. I stopped at Starbucks in Lihue and then again at Ishihara Market in Waimea for snacks along the way. I arrived at the trailhead at 7:30 and there was only 1 other car there already. The viewpoint at the end of this trail, past the guardrail, is absolutely stunning! I lingered at the view point for maybe 20-30 minutes and took a casual pace throughout, arriving back at my car around 12:30. I passed plenty of people on my way back and the parking lot was overflowing when I returned, so start early if you'd like some solitude!

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