Hanakapi'ai Falls Trail

MODERATE 497 reviews

Hanakapi'ai Falls Trail is a 10.8 kilometer heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Hanalei, Kauai, Hawaii that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 10.8 km Elevation Gain: 699 m Route Type: Out & Back

backpacking

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

bird watching

beach

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

over grown

rocky

no dogs

NOTE: Advance reservations are now required for all visitors (except state of Hawaiʻi residents). Please see state park website for reservations and information https://www.gohaena.com/ Hanakp'ai Falls Trail is located near Hanalei, Hawaii and features a waterfall. The trail is primarily used for hiking. The first 2 miles is a moderate hike to Hanakapiai Beach. From there it is another 2 strenuous miles to the falls. The trail is very muddy and slippery during the first mile. Hollywood is a big fan of this Hawaiian island's spectacular landscape, which is why it's a popular filming location for movies like Raiders of the Lost Ark and Jurassic Park. Like most trails on Kauai, the route up to the falls is quite rugged and usually quite slippery. This route should not be attempted during or immediately after a heavy rainfall.

hiking
1 day ago

Tough trail after the beach. Have to cross the river several times. Beautiful falls at the end. Swimming under the falls was beyond words. Wouldn’t suggest taking children under ten.

hiking
blowdown
bugs
muddy
no shade
rocky
scramble
7 days ago

The last half mile to the falls can be tricky if it has been raining. I would rate this last section as difficult due to some rock scrambling. For out-of-state residents, make sure you get your parking permit in advance. https://paulcpeh.wixsite.com/mysite/videos?wix-vod-video-id=b11afc67604e42c7b528604af906c370&wix-vod-comp-id=comp-jcui1t23#

hiking
muddy
over grown
rocky
scramble
13 days ago

Did the trail on a muddy rainy day. Getting to the beach not bad, many ups and downs, good workout. About 2 miles. Getting to the fall is harder, way harder... streams crossing, slippery and have to be in shape to stay out of the water. Than, from 1/2 point, gets harder with boulders, tricky slopes. Long 2 miles overall. Word of advice, this is a minimum 5-7 hours trek, depending on speed and or conditions. The reward is fantastic, like a private beach and the fall is 300 feet high!!!! Very very nice. If you are to take the shuttle and want to go to the fall, I strongly suggest the 08:00am first shuttle and book the 5pm to return.. if you can, bring polls. In conclusion views going to the beach are worthwhile and swimming in a fall is a must.

hiking
muddy
over grown
rocky
scramble
18 days ago

Amazing trail but NOT for inexperienced hikers. We went on a day that was expecting rain and it was quite slippery. All of us are experienced hikers, fit and have good balance, but still hiked with extreme caution. Please make sure you bring appropriate footwear - this is a hike that you should have at a minimum good sneakers. There are a few water crossings if you decide to go to the waterfall, so keens or something similar may be good also. We saw a rescue heli come to pick up a girl that got hurt on the rocks, but we also saw families with small children! So just be smart and cautious!

hiking
muddy
21 days ago

Hiked to the beach, not the waterfall. The new shuttle system doesn’t allow enough time to hike all the way to the waterfall... unless you leave early in the morning. The hike to beach is about 4 miles (there and back). The weather was mostly raining, but it felt good because it was really humid. The trail was amazing! It was challenging, but you are rewarded with a large, almost private beach at the end. There’s a few corners with great views of the Napali coastline. Perfect for a nice Instagram picture. The hike took us about 2.5 hrs in total. Highly recommend if you can reserve a shuttle ticket. *Pro-tip: For people taking the shuttle from Princeville - don’t park at Maika Golf Course. They will charge you $15 for a parking pass.

hiking
24 days ago

Great hike! The trail is open again from June 17. However, Ha‘ena State Park and Nāpali Coast State Park now accept a limited number of visitors, and if you want to visit, you'll need to purchase online a parking ticket and the entry voucher to do this hike. Hawai‘i residents are not subject to these reservation requirements, but if you're just visiting and want to stop by these parks, you'll need to book in advance at gohaena.com and pay their $1 per person fee. If you're driving in, parking needs to be reserved in advance and costs $5 for parking from 6:30 until 12:30pm and another $5 for parking after 12:30pm (though your parking fee does cover entry for you and your passengers). If you need to book a shuttle to the north shore, you can do so at kauainsshuttle.com. The shuttle runs from $2–$11 depending on where you want to go. The first 2 miles of the trail leads to Hanakapi‘ai Beach. From here, there is a 1.8-mile side trail upstream to Hanakapi‘ai Falls. There are lots of false trails, and you shall look out for pink ribbons in the trees that indicate the right direction and river crossings. The reward is the swimming in the pool under the falls.

hiking
closed
1 month ago

Definitely Top 5 hike I’ve ever done. My feet were exhausted at the end, but that’s due to footwear that I still needed to break in. Waterfall is pretty - and people can swim in it... if you can handle the cold plunge. Beautiful views and plants along the way. Glad I got a chance to hike it before the unfortunate flooding that has closed the trail for some time now.

hiking
1 month ago

Best trail I’ve been on- or at least top 5. Heartbroken to see it closed -roads closed from flooding- during our visit- desperate to go it again! Watch for mud/ river crossings with high rain or rainy season. But don’t miss it.

1 month ago

Its closed due to winter storms but when it opens again, bring plenty of water and treat all wounds afterward due to bacteria

closed
2 months ago

Trail still closed, as public access is not permitted past Anae Rd on Hwy 560.

hiking
3 months ago

Is this trail open now?

hiking
muddy
rocky
4 months ago

The most beautiful hike. Truly breathtaking. This is where my husband proposed to me, at the waterfall. We definitely underestimated the amount of water we should have brought, and we both became tired and light headed toward end of hike. Some hard areas where you cross streams, slippery rocks.

hiking
5 months ago

No still closed :(

7 months ago

Can anyone tell me if this trail is open? I am in Kauai for the week and desperately want to get out to this trail

8 months ago

Beautiful and fun hike! Did this early in the morning and it poured down rain. Slippery trail. Lots of gnats because of the fruit on the trail, mosquitoes too. Crossed the river a few times which was a bit tricky. Nice stop at the beach along the way.

8 months ago

A “Must” on anyone’s bucket list if hikes. Take plenty of water and snacks as the afternoon gets very hot and you are exposed to the sun.

9 months ago

Is this trail accessible? Has anyone hiked it recently? Thanks!

10 months ago

With the road closed to get there. How are people getting to this trail?

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