Joshua T. on Hanakapi'ai Falls Trail
The trail is difficult but it was a lot of fun.
I've been to Kauai twice...this is STILL by far my favorite trail! bring water or a filter and you have plenty of places to get water from the river! gorgeous views everywhere. if you have time definitely go all the way to the falls. parking is ridiculous even on a weekday (had to walk almost a mile to the trailhead) maybe if you start earlier it's better. definitely worth it!
The Na Pali coast is incredible. We only walked out about a mile or so, but the views keep getting better the further you go. Would love to go back some time and do a serious day hike. Really rugged coast line. This trail is not for everyone, pretty tough even over the short distance we went
Really good hike. Bring a lot of water - we went through 2L each. First two miles (trail for Kalalau) has a lot of traffic but clears out after the main beach. The first two miles is also mainly in the sun. The trail to the falls (which you can access about two miles in, after you cross the first major stream) is very muddy and you will have to cross several streams. The last half mile is very technical so be careful. Waterfall is totally worth it.
It was great. My wife's longest hike. She rolled an ankle and scraped a knee but she's a trooper and made it out alive.
Definitely bring plenty of water or a filter. There are bathrooms with TP at the beach after 2 miles. After that, the trail gets more technical and narrow. We only made it 7.5 miles out and back total.
And longer pants are advised due to the shrubs and bug spray.
This hike has some of the most incredible views in the whole world. The prettiest blue and green colorings. It's a lot of hiking on top of slippery rocks. There are some portions that are relatively flat and easy. My husband actually slipped off of the edge while we hiked it in December and was thankfully able to catch himself of some foliage. Scariest moment of my life! If you hike all the way to the waterfall, be prepared to cross the stream several times. If I do this hike again I might bring some type of chaco-type sandal for that portion because I got so tired of taking my hiking shoes and socks on and off.
Breathtaking in it's beauty and risk! Challenge your fear of heights at crawlers ledge, which pushed me way beyond my limits. Not for the faint of heart but a truly magical experience that I think every true backpacker must have atleast once in their lives. Worth the panic attacks!
First two miles are moderate and feature a few spots that are very close to complete drop offs. The second two miles are more strenuous with stream crossings. Amazing payoff at the falls and worth every step. As others have said, bring some sort of hiking footwear if you plan on completing the trail to the waterfall since the rocks and mud combination makes for some tricky footing. I did my hike in Keen hiking sandals and they held up nicely.
I absolutely loved the hike! I was a bit worried at first, after reading that its a very hard hike and I hadnt hiked a long distance in a while anymore. But I have to admit that I was surprised by how easy I found the hike. I hiked the 8 mile loop to the waterfall and although there is a lot of climbing and descending, it was not as hard as I expected it to be. Nevertheless, it was one of the most beautiful hikes I have done in my life. Make sure you bring rain clothes, we got caught in some heavy rains and were glad we brought rain clothes. The trail gets a bit tricky when its raining and wet, but it does add to the magic, especially when the path turns into a 'river'.