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Hanakapi'ai Falls Trail [CLOSED]

MODERATE 499 reviews
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Hanakapi'ai Falls Trail [CLOSED] 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

closed

no dogs

Hāʻena State Park and the adjacent Nāpali Coast State Wilderness Park (including the Kalalau Trail) on Kauai are closed due to flood damage affecting both the parks, as well as the highway and bridges which access the parks. Closures will likely be for an extended period of time, as damage assessments and repairs must be completed. http://dlnr.hawaii.gov/dsp/hiking/kauai/kalalau-trail/ 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.

5 days 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
13 days ago

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

hiking
2 months ago

Is this trail open now?

hiking
muddy
rocky
2 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
3 months ago

No still closed :(

5 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

6 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.

6 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.

7 months ago

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

8 months ago

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

9 months ago

Hardest hike I ever did, but worth it. Had to cross the river three times and climb over four foot rocks along the way.

hiking
9 months ago

One of the most beautiful trails in the world (not a hyperbole). Stunningly beautiful - the mountains stumble into the ocean. Give yourself plenty of time to enjoy the beach and the waterfall. Imo, this isn't a trail that you rush in and out of; Savor every moment of this remote, rugged landscape. The lush jungle on one side and the blues of the ocean on the other - this is my favorite hike in Hawaii, maybe the world (at least so far!).

trail running
10 months ago

Perfect combination of ocean (Napali Coast) views and stream crossings with an amazingly beautiful waterfall at the end. I was lucky regarding the weather. It took me about 5 hours in and out (including half hour stop to swim by the waterfall and replenish the calories). But I’d have done it faster if it weren’t for my not experienced friend hiking along. She fell on almost every stream crossing and was all bruised up at the end. So be aware that this isn’t a hike for unexperienced hikers or people who aren’t physically fit. There’s a lot of up and down and a little climbing on slippery rocks. It’s a moderate to advanced hike due to, also, the necessary weather knowledge and proper planning. When I was about 30 min to the end I saw a couple heading in with a baby on the carrier (about 6 months old). I hope they made it out safely since it had already begun to rain on top of the mountain and by the waterfall and the risk of flash flood was evident. Pack a lot of water (I finished up my 3 liters). At points, a walking stick might be helpful and cleats would be necessary in case of rain. It’s muddy and very slippery at many parts of the trail. I’d definitely go back!

hiking
10 months ago

Great hike! One of my lifetime favorites! Beautiful, tropical scenery, clifftop views, gorgeous beach, big waterfall with a swimming hole - amazing! We did the 8 mile round trip hike to the falls and back, and it's tough, especially because the last two miles are two of the hardest, all up and down instead of just down, like most trails on the last two miles. (funny, though, they didn't seem so hard on the way in, when I was fresh!)

10 months ago

Road after Hanalei is closed till November at least. This hike is not happening.

10 months ago

Can only get through with permit.

10 months ago

I was just there and told it won’t re-open til next season.

11 months ago

Has anyone hiked this trail in the past couple weeks? I’m here now and the road is closed to get there and the construction workers would only let residents through.

hiking
11 months ago

Has anyone hiked this trail in the past few weeks and is it still closed?

11 months ago

This is the hike to beat all hikes. The trail itself had so much variation in scenery, it seemed unreal even when doing it. One minute you’re hiking along the Nepali coast whale-watching, the next you’re at a serene beach; then you’re crossing river streams that look straight out of Tennessee. Next thing you know you’re walking through a bamboo forest and rain forest; and last but certainly not least, the falls. Magnificent does not do them justice. You can swim behind them and in the grotto area at the bottom. I agree with the other hikers about this hike being difficult after a big rain -the mud is very slippery. Some parts of the trail were pretty treacherous in wet conditions - one false move and you could plummet down the side of the mountain. There was a stretch where you had to scale a rock wall spiderman-style, not vertically or particularly steep, but a little nerve-wracking in wet conditions. Maybe it was just us but the trail didn’t seem very well marked at times and we managed to get almost two hours lost somewhere near the bamboo forest. But, there is no place I’d rather be lost, so it wasn’t really a big deal. I’m not sure the mileage is correct on All Trails - this hike was more than 6.7 miles - it was 8 according to the sign at the trail head. I’ve seen conflicting mileage for his hike elsewhere too. Regardless, Best. Hike. Ever.

hiking
11 months ago

great hike to the falls. Make sure to go swimming back behind the falls. will do again for sure.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

A must do! Love this hike. Went in ‘low season’ so not too crowded.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

It’s closed for now according to locals

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Beautiful hike but can be very challenging if conditions are poor. Take lots of water!

hiking
Monday, April 16, 2018

Mountain apples, jackfruit, Passion flowers, avocados, bamboo groves, kittens, and some of the most colorful coast and forest on the way to an amazing waterfall and cold swimming hole. It was a great June day.

hiking
Saturday, April 14, 2018

Spectacular

Friday, April 13, 2018

One of the most incredible sites to see

hiking
Saturday, March 24, 2018

Did this hike two days ago. The first part, to Hanakapi'ai beach, is not difficult, though it also had some slightly muddy parts and a creek crossing at the end that wasn't easy. The hike up to the falls has amazing bamboo groves, lots of mud, some light climbing, rocky ledges that might be uncomfortable when wet and more creek crossings. Totally worth it - the waterfall is amazing and the pool refreshing (felt freezing at first..). Fortunately we had brought swimwear. Someone had broken a leg not far from the falls – organizing help was difficult and long-winded: nearest cell phone reception is all the way back to the parking lot and then a few minutes drive. Signaling passing tour helicopters from the beach got some attention, but proper communication is difficult... So better be careful than get injured. (After several hours an emergency heli came and afaik all is good...)

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Great trail. I went on a rainy day that caused the bridge to Hanalei and the trail to close. That said, some of the more difficult river crossings I've completed. The view at the end is nothing short of spectacular

hiking
Monday, March 12, 2018

We parked at the Ke'e Beach Parking Overflow Lot, walked to the trailhead and followed the Kalalau Trail. We stopped by the beach, had lunch and enjoyed the view. Shortly after we hiked the Hanakapiai Trail, it started to rain, the rain made hiking on the rock more slippery and crossing the stream more scary but we all made it back safely. Just be careful and take the time, you will enjoy this incredible hike too.

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