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Wailua Falls Trail [CLOSED]

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Wailua River State Park

Wailua Falls Trail [CLOSED] is a 0.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Līhuʻe, Kauai, Hawaii that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 0.4 miles Elevation Gain: 72 feet Route Type: Out & Back

hiking

nature trips

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

bugs

muddy

over grown

rocky

scramble

washed out

closed

no dogs

It has been reported this trail has a temporary closure due to COVID-19. Please see the park's website for up to date information. Please note: this trail is currently CLOSED. This trail can be very dangerous and tricky if it’s raining, as it would be extremely muddy and slippery. Wailua Falls, just north of Lihue, is a step off the beaten path. Located at the south end of the Wailua River, it cascades into two streams, dropping 80-feet below. Like other spectacular spots on Kauai used as film locations, Wailua Falls is most recognized in the opening credits of the long-running television show "Fantasy Island." Easily accessible, by car, Wailua Falls can be seen from the roadside, so you can leave your hiking boots behind. The trail is very steep and demanding, with large roots, rocks, and mud nearly all the time due to the swimmers trekking back up the trail. Parts of the trail are so steep the locals have attached a rope to hold on to and descending with for the second half of your trek down to the lagoon.

hiking
bugs
closed
muddy
rocky
2 months ago

Short but sweet. A partial steep climb down at the start, but there are ropes to help and a lot of sturdy roots. Very refreshing at the bottom. We stopped by on the way back to our hotel with 45 minutes to sundown and had plenty of time.

hiking
3 months ago

Short and fun hike. Was muddy and a little slippery but nothing too difficult. The waterfall is beautiful!!

hiking
muddy
3 months ago

This is NOT a difficult trail. Little to no elevation gain. However ... we just hiked the trail during the heavy rain season (February), so the entire trial was slick, thick mud with ankle-deep puddles along the whole way to the falls. A few easy river/stream crossings, but the main crossing has an assist rope across. Still, the trail and sights are dead gorgeous and worth the mud. At least during this time of year, I recommend water shoes or strapped sandals. My water shoes got sucked off by the mud a few times! With the mud, about 45 mins to the falls. No kayak reservations required at Wailua Kayak & Canoe. Go go go!

hiking
bugs
muddy
3 months ago

Pretty simple hike. The beginning is a little slippery but after that it’s cake IG: hikin_hawaii

hiking
closed
muddy
4 months ago

Still accessible by hopping over the concrete barrier and following the fence line for 50yds. Steep and extremely muddy so be extra careful and take your time. Wear appropriate hiking shoes or water shoes as some areas of the trail the mud is quite deep. I could see this trail being VERY difficult after a recent rain due to the steepness, in fact I may not even attempt it. However, the view of the falls from the pool at the bottom is incredible. Short and sweet. You can get down and back up in 45 min. We took just over an hour since we swam in the pool at the foot of the falls. Did the hike on Dec 31, bugs were no issue.

hiking
closed
muddy
off trail
4 months ago

One of my absolute favorite things we did in Kauai! We made the hike harder for ourselves on the way down and didn’t go on the trail. so that was regrettable, however we did go up the trail and that wasn’t too bad at all!

hiking
blowdown
bugs
muddy
6 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

Short but awesome! Did the whole thing in about 40 mins with plenty of time at the bottom. Very steep and muddy but if you take it slow and have adequate shoes on, you’ll be fine. We had a few dry days in a row but it was still muddy so it might be super dangerous to do this if it recently rained.

hiking
7 months ago

Not hard, but it might be if you’re not used to hiking in Hawaii and a bit out of shape. It’s steep, so going up can be tiring. Very slippery because it’s muddy so please wear proper shoes. If you wear slippers or go barefoot it makes it much harder. But it’s worth it to get to that waterfall!

hiking
closed
muddy
8 months ago

It is posted that trail is closed. Steep inclines. Becomes very slippery and muddy quickly as water from the top runs down the trail. Heavily walked trail and amazing views!

hiking
bugs
closed
muddy
8 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

If it has rained recently or if you see any moisture on the trail, instantly abandon it. Some portions of it is just a regular simple trail but all the tricky sections are the climbs up the steep face of the hill. All you have is a few ropes/roots to hold on as you literally hoist yourself up or down. If it's even slightly wet/muddy, each foothold, each root and the ropes will be slippery and it's super easy to kill yourself here. Since a lot of people climbing back up this trail are wet from the swim, the trail is almost always wet. Such a fun trail when dry. It took us 25 minutes to go down to the falls, take a couple of photos and climb back up. A bit hypocritical I know, but I wouldn't recommend this trail unless you're dead sure the trail seems dry. To get to the trail, climb over the wall. Then walk away from the falls and follow the chain link fence until it ends. (To be clear, you should have the chainlink fence & road on your right and the trees on your left) Keep walking for 10-15 feet and you'll see a narrow path on your left going into the woods.

hiking
bugs
closed
muddy
off trail
over grown
rocky
scramble
washed out
8 months ago

Technically this trail is closed, but we did it anyway. The "hike" down was pretty challenging. You have to use veins and roots to steady yourself, but the reward at the end is incredible. The pond at the bottom of the falls is huge and since the trail is "closed" there are very few people to share it with. You can also go behind the falls via a path and look out from behind them. Definitely one of my favorite hikes, but if you don't like a little scramble, some scratches, and TONS of mosquito bites or adventure then I guess the viewpoint is fine.

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