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Hoopii Falls Trail [PRIVATE PROPERTY]

MODERATE 431 reviews

Hoopii Falls Trail [PRIVATE PROPERTY] is a 3.2 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Kapaʻa, Kauai, Hawaii that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.2 km
ELEVATION GAIN
61 m
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

bugs

muddy

over grown

rocky

scramble

washed out

private property

The trailhead is correctly marked but it is not easy to see from your car. It is on the left side as you approach and is marked with a metal gate. When on the trail and heading downstream, you will parallel the stream. Please stay within 10 feet of the water (except in one area) in order to be on state land and not private property. Users have reported that the trail can be quite muddy, which makes hiking it more difficult.

bugs
muddy
over grown
3 days ago

This was an amazing hike. I loved every second of it. Got a bit dicey at the end towards the second waterfall but the rest was pretty easy. My 5, and 7 year old boys both did it as well and had no problems. I also packed in a baby and only had a bit of difficulty winding through the overgrown roots and branches. definitely worth it if you are able bodied.

hiking
bugs
muddy
7 days ago

The conditions were not great, but the 2 waterfalls were worth it. It was muddy most of the way and there were numerous trees down blocking the trail. Our 17 and 19 year-old kids enjoyed the rope swing at the second waterfall. The river was so pretty too! Bring bug repellent.

hiking
9 days ago

Very fun trail, easy to get lost with all the Hau tree fuddling with the path. Be careful and just follow the stream as best you can and it will be okay!

hiking
muddy
9 days ago

Very fun trail with two waterfalls. Can swim if you’d like. Do not drink the water.

Grab a stick and hike, it was a muddy one for my wife and I, but we loved every bit of it.

10 days ago

don't wear flip flops. take spare shoes and clothes, leave in car. when you get to the stream, follow along on the right side of stream to 1st waterfall. hike up path to continue onto 2nd waterfall. was rainy and muddy, but went to bottom of 2nd waterfall without too much difficulty. hubby is 66, I'm 58. totally enjoyed this hike!!

15 days ago

as beginner hikers in our 50's, fallen trees and other obstacles were a little challenging, overall a great hike!

hiking
18 days ago

Dry not muddy at all. Lots of fallen trees to duck under on parts if trail. 1st waterfall located pretty quick when walking along river. It's just after the river makes a sweeping left. Then listen for it, not easy to spot from trail. Second waterfall easier to spot after the plant life was not so thick. Both falls great to swim in, 1st was fun to cliff jump into.

hiking
muddy
over grown
private property
rocky
18 days ago

hiking
rocky
scramble
19 days ago

21 days ago

lovely waterfalls. some fallen trees to scramble over and under, especially between the first and second waterfalls, but still just 90 minutes return, Including stops along the way.

hiking
muddy
scramble
23 days ago

hiking
muddy
private property
26 days ago

Did this a week ago after rainy days. Definitely glad I had my boots and hiking sticks. Made it to both falls. Okay to hike there if gate open. Some trees were down due to storms so some scramble involved.

hiking
muddy
off trail
private property
1 month ago

Look out for a red gate at the street and go downhill. That day it rained a bit and was very windy. The hike to the first Waterfall is pretty easy, and you can also easily climb down. The second part is a little more difficult. I landet two times on my a** because of the mud. I would say I am a fit person and physically I had no problems with it. The Waterfall is really nice and we where the only ones out there. The real danger that day was the wind! On our way back a tree as big as a house came about 70 feet away from us down and landet just next to the trail. We’re got out of there, but it was a little adrenaline rush. So the trail itself is definitely doable, but watch out for the elements! Stay safe!

hiking
muddy
off trail
over grown
scramble
1 month ago

If mud is present, this trail is definitely not easy. My wife and I are regular and experienced hikers and had multiple slips and falls. Trees are down, limbs blocks easy passage. Scrambling down to the first set of falls is not recommended if muddy. Take the switch back path down to the river. Downstream leads to the second set of falls, up stream leads to the first. You can swim up to the first set of falls and scramble back to the top if you are comfortable using tree roots and limbs to help you climb

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

This trail was unremarkable. The falls at the end of the trail were pretty - but there was so little space to sit and enjoy them that it wasn’t really worth the trek through the mud... it’s not an easy trail when it’s super slick with mud.
If you decide to take this trail, I recommend a change of clothes and shoes in the car, as well as a towel to get the mud off.

hiking
1 month ago

Meh. Mud is to be expected, but it was either such slop or so slick it took away from the enjoyment for me. Beautiful foliage. The waterfall has a somewhat small trail-end viewing area and since this was a high-trafficked Trail, it was less peaceful and enjoyable than I’d hoped. No real complaints, a decent couple hours, just not a fave for the island.

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

Muddy. River is high right now. Both falls are really flowing. Would not recommend swimming on cliff jumping in these conditions.

hiking
muddy
over grown
1 month ago

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

Kapa’a is known to be muddy. It rained yesterday, so I was expecting worse, but it wasn’t too bad- you just have to watch where you’re stepping.
As far as finding the trailhead, you’ll want to keep an eye out for a red metal gate on the north side of the road. The path itself is not maintained, at the entrance you’ll find the words “kapu”, and most locals take this very seriously, and therefore will not venture into these woods: to ancient Hawaiians and those of Hawaiian descent, the land through these trails is sacred, so you’ll want to be mindful and respectful of this.
The earlier you go the better, since you’ll have beaten the rest of the crowd.
There are two ways to get to the second falls area: you can follow the main path that leads you up around the first falls. Or, like I did, simply stay on the water’s edge: there’s a lightly treaded, off-the-beaten-path kind of trail.
Lastly, you’ll want to stay on the trails. The trails are state-owned, but wander too far off and you’ll end up on private property, which isn’t a great way to meet the locals.

hiking
1 month ago

Not a private property, the neighbor doesn't like high traffic so there are lots of warning signs. The trail goes through a really cool jungle ecosystem, its not difficult. There is a cool spot where people cliff jump, called lower falls. The trail for that is one of the first branch off to the left. The actual falls which was featured in Jurassic Parks has a nice area where you can sit and each lunch (natural area not picnic benches) and a cool swimming hole with a rope swing. We filmed our entire hike and put together a video of it, if you'd like to check out the hike virtually before doing it. Here's the link, happy hiking: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZAlV1uKF7zc&t=1s

1 month ago

Great little hike to the falls with lots of great vegetation to look at. The trail is not maintained so be prepared for some ducking under fallen branches and some steep muddy terrain. Wear swim suits if you want to enjoy a dip at the end!

hiking
muddy
over grown
scramble
1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

We lucked out with dry ground! It hadn’t rained for at least 4 days......maybe longer. That made for an easy day. The falls were gorgeous. Well worth the time. Follow the upper trail rather than the river to get to the second falls! Beautiful the whole way. Loved all of the plants too!

CRAZY MUDDY too slippery to continue had to turn around

2 months ago

Very muddy. I would say it is even unsafe. But on the way back we found shortcut way, we went just uphill through the forest and got to the backyard of one house. It was just next to the main road. I couldn't imagine to go back by this slippery mud. Be careful!

2 months ago

crazy muddy. took three hours in and out with our six year old in tow. This trail isn't dangerous, but its in such poor shape it can hardly be called kid friendly. Sleeping Giant east was far easier because we weren't slogging through mud and crawling over trees the whole time. pass.

2 months ago

Really nice easy hike :) took around 40 minutes to get there. Follow the river you will see a path it almost not muddu a all !! We came back by the " real " trail, was fun too but muddier ;)

hiking
2 months ago

Loved the trail. Muddy and slippery.

walking
2 months ago

1/3/19 - Hubby and I went all the way down to the big falls. It’s short in distance, about a mile, but the trek is difficult because of the super muddy trails. What an adventure for such a short distance. The view of the falls was beautiful and there’s a rope swing at the base of the falls. There are two falls. One is where people cliff jump the second are the gorgeous, wide cascades.

2 months ago

Super fun muddy hike!

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