Please do not believe what the lady with a one star review wrote. Have fun out there:)

Just did the first two miles and it was beautiful!

DO NOT GO ON THIS HIKE! NOT WORTH IT!
I would give this hike zero stars if it were an option!
I went on this hike with me family of four. Three of four members agreed it was NOT worth it! If there was some way I could get a refund for all the exhaustion, pain, and time I would want it! I'm also skeptical to believe if the one person who said it was worth it actually meant it as he claimed he probably wouldn't do it again. In addition, when he was driving us back after the hike he said, "I hope we don't hit any red lights because I won't be able to get my foot off the gas peddle. My legs are like noodles."
This hike was NOT MODERATE! This was a very difficult hike! Only an Olympic athlete could call it moderate! This hike took us 10 hours!
Also, the views were not that amazing. I was expecting breathtaking and once and a lifetime views. The only thing breathtaking was me out of breath from the extremely tiring hike. Although, whoever said there were once in a life time views was correct, because NOBODY in their right minds would do that hike a second time after all of that trauma. Sure they were pretty but it's hard to call something pretty when your dying.
This hike was not 6.9 miles! It was 11 miles! I brought my Fitbit to track my activity during the hike and I put it on right when we started on the trail for good measure so I know that was how long it was. Do not let those signs fool you! They will tell you that your a mile in, a mile and half, etc. but in reality you have hiked almost twice as much!
Not only was this hike exhausting,(which by the way has NO flat areas, it's all up and down and climbing! Fitbit told me I climbed up 150 flights!) it's very dangerous as well. The whole trail is slippery and muddy and wet (Don't even get me started on how dirty you and all your items will get!). It's so slippery that I slipped and rolled my ankle about 15 different times (currently icing my ankles right now) and one of the times I fell and broke my walking stick in process. I'm lucky I didn't break any bones!
Another annoying part of the hike are all the streams. You will cross streams about 10 times. You can either decide to spend 10 minutes strategically planning which rocks to step on to get across, or you can just give up and just walk straight through getting your shoes and socks soaked and squishy for the rest of the hike. Either way there is a high probability that you will slip and fall in the process. This means it's very unlikely you will make it out of this hike with dry shoes.
If you aren't convinced the hike isn't dangerous enough, the beach halfway to the waterfall has very strong currents that have killed over 800 people! So no, you cannot take a dip in the water to cool off, unless of course you have a death wish, (which you probably do if you're doing this hike) then feel free to go ahead and swim your heart away. That way if you do die, you'd actually be doing yourself a favor because you wouldn't have to finish the hike.
But if you do actually want cool off you can swim under the waterfall and get hypothermia instead.
Even after all of this and you still want to go on the hike, here are some tips:
-Splurge on hiking boots! Do not settle on any old pair of tennis shoes. You will need lots of traction and comfort.
-Remember to bring bug spray. I forgot that necessity and I was eaten alive.
-Do not bring your children with you. They will hate you and complain the whole, and most likely tears will be shed.
-Do not wear a visor, wear a baseball cap. I wore a visor and I burnt my scalp.
-Do not bring a bunch of stuff because you will be lugging that with you the whole time and your back will kill you.
-Do not use the bathroom by the beach! I repeat do not use the bathroom! That was the most potent, horrendous smelling bathroom I have been in. I would rather take my chances going into the danger beach and peeing in the water than going in that again
I wish you the best of luck if you go on this hike, because you will need it.

Great hike! Be sure to pack water and sun screen as it's a pretty decent hike but swimming at the river mouth and in the falls is amazing. Not sure what some people are complaining about (above), it's a hike, not a walk in the park. The river crossing are fun but could be challenging for some with smaller legs. Bottom line, go prepared with lots of water, snacks, bathing gear and sunscreen and have a great time!

This hike is magical. There's a review below that was super helpful for us, look for one with info. Highly recommend

Worth the hike for the views alone.

hiking
4 days ago

Unbelievably beautiful. Trail was steep and wet in places, and we ended up hiking during the hot part of the day, but the views are amazing and playing in the fresh water pond on the beach was fun for the kids.

hiking
5 days ago

hiking
9 days ago

a beautiful and unforgettable hike. if i were to do it again, i'd use water/hiking sandals/shoes with the water crossings you encounter.

My shoe broke so I hiked 7 miles of this trail barefoot but it was still definitely worth it!

hiking
10 days ago

Difficult but so worth it! Was lucky with the weather

Hiked to the falls on 7/7/17. Got to the parking lot a little before 6am and it was about half full.

I'd say it's moderate hike. The most challenging part was the last mile or so leading to the falls, mostly due to the rocks, river crossing, and rain. We used water shoes once we had to start crossing the river (I think something like 5 times). We saw others jumping from rock to rock but didn't want to chance soggy hiking boots (which others didn't seem to mind).

Took my husband and I about 7 hours to complete -- including time to swim, switch shoes, allowing others to pass, and bathroom stops.

Great hike overall. To sum up other reviews that were helpful for us prior to tackling the hike:
- bring plenty of water (We brought about 1.5L of water and a Gatorade each. We saw a handful of people start the hike later in the day with little to no water in hand! Not smart given the heat and exertion involved.)
- use sun screen (especially for the return portion from the beach to trailhead)
- +/- bug spray (we brought it but didn't seem to be bothered)
- allow plenty of time (earlier start the better -- for parking and traffic)
- do swim in the pool/fall! It's refreshing and absolutely beautiful!
- know your limits (may not be a good hike for anyone with prior knee or ankle injuries/instabilities). It's not a race so go at your own pace

One thing that did upset us while on the hike was how few people knew hiking etiquette (mostly with passing and crowding tight/challenging areas like the river crossings). Please note hikers going uphill have the right of way. Always give a warning if you're going to pass (ie "coming on your left").

We definitely recommend this hike in you're in Kauai! It was a highlight of our trip.

backpacking
17 days ago

Started late at 12:30 pm on June 19 and hiked 6 miles and camped at Hanakoa in light rain which kept everyone cool. Trail was dry and very little mud. Very few camp sites at Hanakoa and some mosquitoes. Not a nice camping spot. Next day hiked the remaining 5 miles to Kalalau beach. Trail was easier today than yesterday. Crawlers Ledge at mile 7 is way over exaggerated. Not a big deal at all. Plenty of great camping sites at Kalalau with shade and great views. We camped with tents but saw many hammock campers. Looks interesting and appropriate since there are many trees in the campgrounds. No mosquitoes at Kalalau. Nice! Beach, view, weather were all great. Definitely worth the effort. On the 3rd day packed and left Kalalau beach at 7am in clear weather. Got back to trail head at Ke'e at 1:30 pm. Stopped for lunch at Hanakapi'ai and soaked in the stream. Will do it again!